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News Release: June 3, 2019

New Community Exhibition Opens at PAMA in Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

Photo for use courtesy of PAMA.

Brampton, ON (June 3, 2019): This spring, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) proudly presents a series of exhibitions that focus on strife, loss and triumph. Our Voices in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Peel is a small but mighty community exhibition now open at PAMA. This exhibit features artwork by diverse youth mentoring groups at schools across the Region of Peel ranging from Grade 3 -12. Some of these students are recent immigrants who have faced extreme hardship during their journey to safety in Canada. Others are long-time Peel residents experiencing racism and bullying. Working together with educators and mentors, they've created sculptures, flags, silhouettes and cardboard art to express these challenges as well as their resilience, pride in their identity, and hopes and dreams for the future.

"The students process of building a stronger sense of community and self-worth through creativity was the most inspiring and important part of this project.” Sam Cronk; PAMA Senior Curator, History.

“A special thank you to the team at PAMA for their incredible hard work and creativity to make the Our Voices exhibit possible. We sincerely appreciate and value the opportunity for the youth within Big Brothers Big Sisters programs to individually and collectively express their identity, displacement and their belonging and hope. This has been a tremendous educational experience and opportunity for creative self expression for our youth.” Shari Lynn Ladanchuk; President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Coordinator
PAMA
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Lisa Cox
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4615

Lori Plati
Public Relations Manager
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
905-457-7288 ext. 227