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Art and literature are boundar y-changers\, moving beyond domains defined by society to provoke new system s of thought and social exchange. Citizens of Mississauga are key participa nts to engage in the story of the city as seen and experienced from multipl e points of view.

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Roots and Branches is an innovative Artist-in-Residenc e project which aims to tap into the communities of Mississauga \, to conne ct arts and literature with socially based art projects rooted in experimen tation.

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The artists are not making art in the library – rather\, the art ists are using the site of the library as a source for conversation\, dialo gue and new media to engage citizens about the city\, life and ideas.  The art is the process and the final material manifestation cumulating in a com munity presentation and exhibition at the AGM.  This project does not privi lege one experience over another – rather it supports\, encourages and dema nds multiple backgrounds and voices for its success and determined outcomes .

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Faisal Anwar invites residents to participate in mycitystories. How ca n you re-imagine and re-define Mississauga? What is your story and how can it connect you to the global community? Artist Faisal Anwar presents a plat form to engage and tap into the untold stories that each of us carries. See mycitystories.com for mo re information.

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Karen Maze creates a snapshot of the community with Many Faces\, One Portrait. Working from Erin Meadows Library\, the artist photo graphed members of the community and select portraits to exhibit at the Roo ts and Branches exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. She also invi tes participation through social media. Follow the hash tag #agmroots on Tw itter for weekly photo challenges.

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DTEND:20130420 DTSTAMP:20141101T123135 DTSTART:20130307 GEO:43.5887819;-79.6442456 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Mississauga\,300 City Centre Drive \nMississauga\, Ontario L5B 3C1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Roots and Branches \, Faisal Anwar\, Immony Men & Maegan Broadhurst \, Karen Maze\, Christopher Pandolfi\, Simon Rabinyuk UID:261454 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130307T200000 DTSTAMP:20141101T123135 DTSTART:20130307T180000 GEO:43.5887819;-79.6442456 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Mississauga\,300 City Centre Drive \nMississauga\, Ontario L5B 3C1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Roots and Branches \, Faisal Anwar\, Immony Men & Maegan Broadhurst \, Karen Maze\, Christopher Pandolfi\, Simon Rabinyuk UID:261455 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR