Author: Jennifer McLaughlin

Colourful exhibit of Inuit dolls on now at PAMA

Traditionally, Inuit doll-making had a practical purpose. It was an initiation into adulthood, as it not only taught young girls the way of Inuit life through play, it also taught them how to sew. It was an invaluable skill involving the various stages of skinning an animal to stitching together the skins. The dolls came to represent the way of life in Northern communities. The unique designs of the dolls’ clothing resembled the wardrobe worn by the people of the region or community in which they were crafted and can, therefore, be considered miniature replicas of traditional Inuit attire....

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Students join creative forces with powerful results

“Words to Pictures,” had its start when Toronto artist Heather Graham made a pitch to the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) with an idea to generate community involvement and interest in the gallery. What resulted was a collaboration of poetry and interpretive visual artwork conveying the thoughts of today’s youth. Upon being given the go-ahead, Graham held a workshop with students of Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga in which they were asked to create poems based on issues of personal importance rooted in their memory or experiences. The resulting 21 poems reflected a variety of topics...

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Take time to experience “Reminds Me of M” at PAMA

Toronto artist Heather Graham’s exhibit, “Reminds Me of M”, on now at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA), is a thought-provoking collection of pieces which convey a theme of time and memory and the interconnection between them. Through paintings and videos, Graham represents time in a manner that captures its fleetingness. She attempts to allow her audience to draw their own memories from her work by providing what she refers to as “blanks for the viewer to fill in, as a way to project onto my artwork.”  Her unique techniques create the necessary distance between the subject and...

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Library’s Open Window Hub program holds sock drive for the homeless

Put a Sock on it ‘Sauga, aims to provide the city’s homeless with socks to ensure their feet stay warm and dry. The initiative is part of the library’s Open Window Hub pilot project, which helps the homeless as well as vulnerable youth and adults. “Socks are the most requested item at shelters and the least donated,” said Rose Vespa, library services director. “Through our outreach program, we want to make sure our homeless population has the supplies they need to get through this cold winter. Put a Sock on it ‘Sauga is one unique way to assist the local homeless...

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Mississauga looking for its next Youth Poet Laureate

Until March 18, the City of Mississauga is calling for submissions as its second Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate serves as a literary ambassador for city youth and aims to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers within their communities. The new Youth Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in April 2018 and ending in March 2020. The honorary position recognizes a young poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to the citizens of Mississauga. The key objectives of the position are to...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Black Enslavement in Upper Canada

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  2. The Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  3. A Thread and a Story

    November 10, 2017 - February 25, 2018
  4. What’s for Dinner?

    November 25, 2017 - November 25, 2018
  5. Skate on the Square

    December 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 16, 2018 @ 10:30 pm