Staff and students of the Peel District School Board (PDSB) are getting ready to share their many artistic talents with the community. In the coming days and weeks, a number of exciting arts events will be taking place.

From April 24 – 27 and May 1 – 3, the “Peel Music Teachers Association Non-competitive Band Festival” will take place at the RBC Theatre at the Living Arts Centre. In partnership with Cosmo Music, the festival will provide a non-competitive venue in which 57 band ensembles involving students from grades 6 to 12 have an opportunity to perform for and receive feedback from a professional adjudicator. Performances are open to the public, free of charge and take place from 10 am to 2 pm each day of the festival. The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Dr.

“Music Showcase” will provide an opportunity for over 300 auditioned students from grades three to 12 to demonstrate their talents through both song and a variety of instrumental performances.  The event, being held May 1, coincides with Music Monday, an annual initiative of The Coalition for Music Education to raise awareness for music education. The show will be presented at 7 pm in Hammerson Hall of the Living Arts Centre. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at www.livingartscentre.ca or at the LAC box office.

“Drama Showcase” will present a selection of performances by 12 schools, both elementary and secondary, demonstrating various elements of drama. The show will take place May 31 at 7 pm at the Living Arts Centre’s RBC Theatre. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at www.livingartscentre or at the LAC box office.

“Visual Voices – Through Our Eyes” is an exhibition being displayed from May 31 to June 23 in the Living Arts Centre Gallery. Visual Voices provides elementary school students with the opportunity to express what they have to say about the world around them through a wide range of art media. Visit www.livingartscentre.ca for gallery hours. Admission to the exhibition is free.

The first “Mary Samuel Legacy: Arts and Equity Celebration” will be held June 2 at the PDSB Central Board Office, 5650 Hurontario St. from 9 am to 3 pm. Samuel was the equity officer of the PDSB and was “well known for having the voice of equity and bringing up questions, critique and overall awareness” about equality within the school community, says Hubert Brard, instructional coordinator, the arts, health and physical education at PDSB.  Samuel’s sudden death about two years ago saddened many who considered her a dear friend. Brard had the idea to have a full day celebration at the Central Board Office to both continue Samuel’s legacy and broaden the reach of the arts in the PDSB.  The day-long celebration will include dance, drama and music, plus a display of visual artwork. In keeping with Samuel’s tireless support for equity, Brard’s intent is that the day will involve “using the arts as a vehicle for equity” as well as recognising “how Canada is an equitable place to be” on the eve of the Canada 150 celebrations.

From June 10 to September 17, PDSB is partnering with the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) to present “Walk the Art”, a secondary school visual art show. The exhibition will showcase how the students interpret the interaction of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and how they form complex relationships. The exhibition will be held at PAMA, 9 Wellington St E, Brampton. Visit www.pama.peelregion.ca for details. For additional information: www.walktheart.ca.