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For Immediate Release:
November 6, 2015

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

Receives Community Engagement Award of Excellence

BRAMPTON, ON (November 6, 2015) – On Thursday, November 5, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) presented the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) with a Community Engagement Award of Excellence for its Sikh Heritage Month programing. The award was presented at the OMA Annual Conference in Windsor.

Designed in collaboration with the Sikh community, including the Sikh Heritage Month at PAMA Committee, the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada, Sikhmuseum.com, the Sikh Foundation of Canada and more than 100 volunteers, the month long exhibition took place in April 2015. Activities included13 exhibits, 16 lectures and workshops and seven musical performances that attracted more than 4,500 visitors to PAMA.

“I’m incredibly proud of PAMA staff for the innovative planning and extensive community collaboration that made this exhibit possible”, said Gilbert Sabat, Peel Region’s Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information & Technology. “Sikh Heritage Month is an excellent example of how PAMA helps bring our diverse community together to create a connected community.”

OMA’s Awards of Excellence are a platform to champion the impact and potential of museums on Ontario’s economic, social and cultural vitality. The Community Engagement Award of Excellence recognizes institutions who have demonstrated innovation and creativity to increase the community’s engagement with the institution.

“Co-creation involves working directly with our audience to bring a community vision to life,” said Marty Brent, PAMA Manager. “At PAMA we believe the best exhibits aren’t designed for our community but with our community”, she said. The OMA award was presented to Annemarie Hagan, PAMA Supervisor and Curator of Museum Services and Gurratan Singh, Sikh Heritage Month at PAMA Committee Member.

More information about the collaborative process behind the exhibition is available on PAMA’s YouTube channel at youtu.be/olR68lgXkVs.

PAMA will celebrate Sikh Heritage Month 2016 with exciting exhibits, programs and performances in April 2016.

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 St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.



Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Lesley Hudson
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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