PAMA’s exciting upcoming events celebrate Black History 

PAMA invites you to discover Black History throughout February and beyond with art exhibitions and special guests. Audiences of all ages are welcome to engage in their own cultural heritage and celebrate diversity through these upcoming events. 

New Exhibition

North is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

A Photographic Journey by Yuri Dojc

February 16 – June 30, 2019

This photographic essay from Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc celebrates the Canadian descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War. Their stories are both personal and historical. These Canadians are attuned to their histories and proud of their ancestors’ courage.

“This project shows we are all one family…I am as much black as I am white. I am of African slaves as I am of Irish immigrants. I am multiracial, and we are all cousins” says Carl Stevenson, a fifth generation descendant of John H. Meads of Baltimore.


This exhibition is sponsored by TD Canada Trust and created in partnership with the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival.

Mississauga Connection Added for the PAMA show

Arlene Duncan of Oakville, Ontario

Descendant of Benedict Duncan and Samuel Adams, Maryland
“I’m proud of the spirit of courage, pride and self-determination that led my ancestors to venture out into the unknown and carve out what would become a new life for them selves and their future descendants. It’s wonderful to see the descendants of these courageous freedom seekers – and how like a pebble in the water we’ve all sprung from that one decision: to no longer remain enslaved.”
– Arlene Duncan

Arlene Duncan is a multidisciplinary performer whose family has been in Canada for at least 3 generations. Her great-great grandfather Benedict Duncan fled Maryland on his own and farmed in what is now Mississauga for some years before moving his family to Oakville where he was the sexton of St. John’s United Church.

Samuel Adams was an escapee and blacksmith who built the Turner Chapel in Oakville, Ontario. He eventually garnered wealth after inventing a machine that lifted flat construction stones from the lakebed.

Programming Highlights for All Ages

Guest lecture with Award-Winning Author Karolyn Smardz Frost

Saturday, February 16 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Underground to Canada: Stealing Away to the Promised Land

This talk is included in the cost of PAMA admission. Registration is Required

Family Sunday FUNday

Sunday, February 17

Storytelling with Sandra Whiting, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Family Art & Stories, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Read Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner and create your own identity collage

These events are included in the cost of PAMA admission.

Annual Family Day Event (free admission)

Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meet local artist Mosa McNeilly who will lead in the creation of a community art project based on Underground Railroad quilt codes.

Enjoy a family storytelling performance with Diana Brathwaite and Chris Whiteley: Sugar & Gold, Story of Underground Railroad in Canada. 

Performances at 10:30 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.

Winter Exhibitions Reception (free admission)

Sunday, February 24, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Join us for a wonderful afternoon with featured speakers, a special performance by the Heritage Singers Canada and light refreshments.

Connections Art and Book Club in partnership with Brampton Library

featuring The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Thursday, March 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This is a free group. Registration is required by calling 905-793-4636.

Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more about these exciting events.

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