Celebrate Peel and Canada 150 with FREE Admission to PAMA in July and August
BRAMPTON, ON (June 21, 2017) – Peel 150: Stories of Canada opens at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) on June 29, 2017 – just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1. The County of Peel (now Region of Peel) and the Peel County Courthouse and Jail at PAMA, are also celebrating their 150th birthday. Join us for a FREE kick off celebration on Thursday, June 29 from 6 – 9 pm.
“We are excited to honor Peel and Canadian history and want to encourage our community to explore and learn through FREE general admission for July and August” says PAMA Manager Marty Brent.
In planning the exhibition, Peel 150: Stories of Canada, PAMA asked hundreds of visitors: “What does Canada mean to you?” People’s love for our country came through strongly in the themes of truth, peace, home, community, land, creativity, and innovation. Inspired by these themes, PAMA staff has used our rich artifact, archival, and art collections, as well as works borrowed from artists, to create this jam-packed exhibition. Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist at PAMA says “Canada’s history is remarkable, poignant and often quite troubling. Our opportunity, as one of Canada’s few combined museums, art galleries and archives is to see how we could use our exceptional collections to tell some of the stories of Canada through a Peel-specific lens. The Archives team was very excited to participate in this very special collaborative exhibition.”
In this year of revisiting the past, it is essential to stop and to consider the meaning of our history as a nation and as a community. And to recognize that Indigenous People with varied and rich cultures have lived here for over 10,000 years, long before the arrival of Europeans.
As PAMA Museum Curator Annemarie Hagan says, “The history of Canada includes the painful and difficult history of settler-colonialism which includes treaties, the Indian Act, and residential schools. This past still resonates strongly today and presents us with the challenges and opportunities of Reconciliation.”
The beautiful and haunting paintings of Indigenous artist, James Simon Mishibinijima are woven throughout the exhibition. His art interprets the tragic impacts of the residential school system on his mother and many generations. This element of our Canada 150 project is one step in a national quest for Truth and Reconciliation. As well, Mishibinijima’s paintings explore the guiding strength and wisdom of the 7 Grandfather Teachings. “These immutable qualities of character — courage, honesty, humility, love, truth, respect, and wisdom — act as foundational principles of integrity and sources of strength that we can turn to today to find truth and reconciliation,” says PAMA Art Gallery Curator, Tom Smart.
Visitors to PAMA will be able to see an exhibition which features a huge Victory Bond flag awarded to Chinguacousy Township in 1918 (and recently conserved by the Canadian Conservation Institute) and a mock-up of the cockpit of the Avro Arrow created by Avro engineers in the 1950s, both from the PAMA Museum Collection. The exhibition includes selected pieces from PAMA’s rich permanent art collection, among them historical landscapes of the Peel Region, an incredible sketchbook from artist Tom Thomson, sculptures, large abstract paintings and small format prints and drawings. As well as enjoying the hundreds of artifacts, documents, images, and artwork, this exhibition will provide visitors with touchscreens where they can dig deep to learn more, hands-on activities for kids and adults, and a chance to have their say about their wishes for the future.
Canada 150 Kickoff Event
Thursday, June 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
We invite you to join us for our FREE kick off evening featuring special musical guests, Aboriginal drumming performance by the Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN), and a Canada 150 scavenger hunt with great prizes to be won! Explore our new exhibition, meet artist James Simon Mishibinijima and watch conservation in action as they make the finishing conservative touch-ups to the mock-up of the Avro Arrow cockpit.
Additional Peel and Canada 150 Events:
- Special Curator Tour & Talk
Sunday, July 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
- Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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.