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For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2017

Learn, Reflect and Celebrate this June at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

BRAMPTON, ON. (MAY 30, 2017) – This June, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) has opportunities to learn, reflect and celebrate during Aboriginal Day and Peel & Canada 150! Come explore new exhibitions including Walk the Art done in partnership with the Peel District School Board and Peel 150: Stories of Canada where PAMA’s art, archives, and museum collections have collaborated to create one massive exhibition to help Peel residents discover who we are as a community: past, present, and future.

Learn, Reflect & Celebrate Aboriginal Day, June 21

We Are Here: The Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region
This permanent exhibition was created in collaboration with the PAMA Aboriginal Advisory Committee in Peel. Aboriginal people have lived in Peel for over 10,000 years, but their personal stories, music and art are not known by many outside of their community. This exhibition changes that. Visitors are invited to explore the lodge and read stories. The gallery also explores the difficult history of the Canadian residential school system.

Join us for Family FUN Day on June 17 from 10 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. to listen to Aboriginal Stories. Enjoy yoga, storytelling, art activities and much more! This event is included in the cost of admission.

NEW Exhibitions

Walk the Art: STEAM
June 10 – Sept. 17, 2017
This exhibition showcases the creative visions of the high school students from the Peel District School Board, and how they use the intersection of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics - steAm - to define and redefine the possibilities of our future.
FREE Opening Reception: June 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Peel 150: Stories of Canada
June 29 – October 15, 2017
This year we celebrate Peel & Canada 150. Join us to explore PAMA’s art, archives, and museum collections to discover who we are as a community: past, present, and future. The exhibition also features the work of Manitoulin Island artist James Simon Mishibinijima: Residential School Paintings and Seven Grandfather Teachings.

FREE Canada 150 Kick-off Event
Thurs., June 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.
We invite you to join us for a FREE weekend kick-off with light food and special musical guests! Explore our new exhibition Peel 150: Stories of Canada. Meet artist James Simon Mishibinijima and watch conservators in action as they put the finishing restorative touches on our Avro Aero trainer.

June Programs and Special Events

  • The Art of Yoga (16+): Thursday, June 1 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Need relaxation? Join the art of yoga and let it all go. Please bring your own yoga mat. All skill levels welcome. This event is included with the cost of admission; space is limited so arrive early. Inspiration for each yoga practice will be based on current art gallery exhibitions.

  • Connections Art and Book Club: Thursday, June 1 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Literature and history connect in this unique book club. This month’s book: Terry Fox: His Story by Leslie Scrivener. The discussion will be paired with a tour of PAMA’s exhibition: Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada. This is a FREE event; please register through the Brampton Library by calling 905-793-4636.
  • Bhangra Dance, Bollywood Monster Mashup presents a Monster Arts for Youth Program: Sunday June 4 from 2 – 3 p.m.

Get festive, move to the intoxicating beat and celebrate the dazzling colours that bring all cultures together.

  • Brampton Folk Concert (Home, Love and Peace): Thursday, June 8 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Brampton Folk Club presents a musical evening, backed by a changing lineup of local musicians. Experience an in-the-round concert with stories for Canada 150.

  • Celebrampton Heritage Hub at PAMA: Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In partnership with the City of Brampton and Brampton Heritage Board join us on the PAMA front lawn for activities, tours, crafts and historic walks through downtown Brampton in celebration of our City’s rich heritage. Join the Knit@PAMA group for World Knit in Public Day and learn a stitch or two. Plus pick up your downtown heritage scavenger hunt for a chance to win Rose Theatre Tickets and a PAMA prize pack which includes a Family Membership for 1 year!

  • Family Tree, Archives Talk with Dorothy Kew: Sunday, June 11 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Want to know how to research your family history but don’t know where to start? This basic workshop will show you how to begin your family history research, what records you need to support your family story and where to find them, and ways to organize your research. This event is free with the cost of admission and registration is required at pama.peelregion.ca

  • PAMA Kids P.A. Day (#RedRoseDay): Monday, June 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (drop-in)

Bugs and flowers, oh yeah! June 12 is Red Rose Day. Be creative with a family fun activity and find out about Brampton’s "Flower Town" history.

  • Artists Open Studio: Thursday, June 22 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Calling all artists and art lovers to come together and work in an open studio setting. Come work independently, share or collaborate in this supportive studio environment. All art forms are welcome. Please bring your own supplies, no solvent based materials. Free admission to studio only.

  • Acrylic Painting Workshop (Canadian Landscapes): Sunday, June 25 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Get creative! These art workshops are ideal for all skill levels - from the curious to experienced artist. Take part in hands-on activities and be inspired by the exhibitions and collections at PAMA. Members: $29.75 per workshop, Non-Members: $35 per workshop


PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E.in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.


Media Contacts:

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Shereen Daghstani
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4643

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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