Muslim Canadians celebrated in exhibition

It’s an exhibit that may break down barriers, and show how the Islamic community has made great strides in Canada.

The Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) is presenting 150 Muslim Contributions to Canada: A Mixed-Media Exhibit, to showcase the rich heritage and growth the Muslim community has added to Peel Region and across Canada.

The exhibit is made up of works across several media, by Muslim artists.

“The only requirement was that the pieces portray stories of action, small or big, that a Canadian Muslim has taken, that impacted not only their community, but others as well,” says PAMA’s manager Marty Brent. Canadian Muslims have given back to their communities from coast-to-coast, from volunteering at local soup kitchens to building dialogue with interfaith delegates, helping Syrian refugees or housing victims from the Fort McMurray fire.

Submissions came from many artists within Peel Region, the GTA, and across Canada. They include paintings, drawings, multimedia, and poetry, created by a wide range of people, all with different life experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.

“The works of art are amazing,” says Brent. “It really showcases the rich heritage and growth the Muslim community has contributed to Canada in the past 150 years.”

This project was launched at the annual MuslimFest in Mississauga this past August.

“We are always looking for ways to encourage positive dialogue and understanding about our community,” adds Brent. “And, of course, celebrate the accomplishment of Canadians.”

The exhibit opens at PAMA Sept. 30, in time for Islamic Heritage Month in October.

Visit www.pama.peelregion.ca for details.

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