This spring, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) proudly presents a series of exhibitions that focus on strife, loss and triumph. Our Voices 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,” says 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,” explains Shari Lynn Ladanchuk, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. Our Voices is on now until Sept 22, 2019
PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and 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, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street, East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.