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For Immediate Release:
August 31, 2017

Back to School Excitement is in the Air as PAMA Ushers in Fall Exhibitions, Partnerships and Affordable Pricing This September!

BRAMPTON, ON (August 31, 2017) – In September, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) welcomes two new exhibitions: Blue God and the Serpents, a multi–media exhibition by Brampton–based artist Sharada K. Eswar and her team and 150 Muslim Contributions to Canada, an exhibit showcasing the arts of the Muslim community.

Back to school excitement is in the air and PAMA has affordable, quality programming for the entire family, plus teachers/students! Just a reminder that general admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students/seniors, and $12 for families (2 adults and up to 5 kids). Children aged 5 and under are free.

At PAMA we are striving to create safe and inclusive spaces to share in the stories of our diverse community. We invite you to explore, create and connect with arts and culture and learn about one another.

We are pleased to welcome our new partner LAMP Health Services who will host a monthly Queer Exposure Group.

New this fall, PAMA is offering a Crafts Workshop Series at a new low price. Beads and Buttons kicks things off this September!

Don't miss out on the fantastic Culture Days and Doors Open Brampton schedule here at PAMA with exciting activities and fabulous partners such as MonstARTity and the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

Thank you to all our visitors for your patience and understanding while our parking lot is closed for improvements. Parking is available at municipal lots nearby and on bordering streets where permitted.


Sept. 30 – Jan. 28, 2018
Opening Event (FREE admission weekend): Sept. 30, 2 – 5 p.m.
Opening Performance: Sept. 30, 3 – 4 p.m.
This unique exhibition by Brampton–based artist Sharada K. Eswar and her collaborative team of Sonja C. Rainey and Rup Sidhu, is a multi–media art project conceived as shadow puppet theatre. Blue God and the Serpents blends sound, music, text, imagery, shadow puppetry and movement.

Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018
Opening Event (free admission): Oct. 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
Encouraging positive dialogue and understanding, this exhibition also showcases the rich heritage and growth of the Muslim community over the past 150 years. This exhibit is a project of MuslimFest and is funded by the Ontario 150 Celebration Program.

Last chance to see Peel 150: Stories of Canada, on now until Oct. 15.

Visitors asked and we have extended: Black Enslavement in Upper Canada and the Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century, on now until mid–2018.

CULTURE DAYS (Free Admission Weekend)

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
Celebrate Culture Days at PAMA with interactive activities and tours for everyone. Get ready to groove on Saturday with pop–up Bollywood events presented by MonstrARTity. Don't miss the new Blue God and the Serpents exhibition, which opens Saturday, and the interactive performance in the courtroom at 3 p.m., plus meet the artists. Drop–in Sunday and participate in the Write Now Workshop with the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). To learn more visit https://on.culturedays.ca/en
DOORS OPEN BRAMPTON (Free Admission Weekend)
Sept. 30
The Peel County Courthouse, a designated heritage site, and the Peel Jail, now home to the museum, are both celebrating 150 years in 2017. These buildings have important stories to tell. Join us for a special tour, or explore the spaces on your own!

NEW PROGRAMS Starting in September

Seniors Series: Museum Memories
Second Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14
PAMA presents Museum Memories in partnership with Four Corners Branch Library, located at 65 Queen Street East, Brampton. Come engage and share experiences. This is a FREE monthly program.

Brampton Folk Club Concerts
Second Thursdays, 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 fall concert with stories for Canada 150. Drop–in included with the cost of admission.

  • Sept. 14 – It's a Beautiful Day
  • Oct. 12 – Autumn Leaves
  • Nov. 9 – I Will Remember You
  • Dec. 14 – What a Wonderful World

Queer Exposure
Fourth Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 28.
LAMP Community Health Centrepresents: Queer Exposure, drop–in programs. Join the conversation in a safe space to create and celebrate the queer and transgender community within the Region of Peel and beyond. Everyone is welcome. Free admission to studio only.

New Fall Crafts Workshop Series
At a new great price: $10 for members and $15 for non–members (per workshop)

  • Beads and Buttons:Sept. 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Transform beads and buttons into wearable art. Join this jewelry workshop to design a one–of–a–kind work of art. All materials included.
  • Macramé Plant Hanger: Oct. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Learn how to make different knots in this hip and hanging workshop.
  • Holiday Card Making: Nov. 26, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Create your own unique holiday cards using different art techniques.


  • Family Fun Activities: Weekends, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Knit@PAMA: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Art of Yoga (16+): Sept. 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Family Fun Day (Lights, Camera, Action!): Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) Drumming Circle: Sept. 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Artists Open Studio: Sept. 28, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region's culture and heritage, and to converse, question and tell 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: students, families, adults and seniors. 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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