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For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2017

Summer Staycation Day Activities and FREE Admission Continues this August at PAMA!

BRAMPTON, ON (July 26, 2017) – This August, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) has great opportunities for visitors to explore, create and connect! Free admission to PAMA continues all August long.

Explore exhibitions like Peel 150: Stories of Canada and Walk the Art and our wonderful hands–on permanent exhibitions.

Enjoy activities the whole family will love including a whole month of Wacky Staycation Day Activities.

Looking for something fun and local to do with friends or a unique date night idea? Discover the Art of Yoga, learn to Knit@PAMA, join a PAMA Unplugged Interactive tour, participate in our Aboriginal Drumming Circle or collaborate in our Fibre Art Workshop.

Summer Exhibitions

Peel 150: Stories of Canada
On now untilOctober 15
Explore thousands of Peel treasures from our art, archives, and museum collections and the powerful work of artist James Simon Mishibinijima: Residential School Paintings and Seven Grandfather Teachings. This year we celebrate Peel & Canada 150. Join us to discover who we are as a community: past, present, and future.

Walk the Art: STEAM,in partnership with Peel District School Board
On now until September 17
This exhibition showcases the creative visions of the high school students from the Peel District School Board, and how they use the intersection of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – steAm – to define and redefine the possibilities of our future.

Last Chance to See Black Enslavement in Upper Canada and the Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century, on now until Sept. 4

August Programs and Events

Family Fun Activities: Weekends, 1 – 4 p.m.
Continuing the theme of home in celebration of Peel and Canada 150, create your own fabric collage inspired by your thoughts and feelings about what home and comfort mean to you.

Knit@PAMA: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
This gathering of beginner and experienced knitters meet once a week to create items that are all donated to charitable organizations in the Peel community. Supplies and knitting instructions are provided by PAMA

This summer the group submitted a fantastic yarn–bombed Canada 150 chair as part of Brampton's Muskoka Chair Project which can be found on PAMA's front lawn. Drop by and take a selfie and remember to tag @visitPAMA this summer! They also have been knitting maple leaf pins and selling them at PAMA, with proceeds going towards PAMA's learning fund. Donations provide Peel student with access to arts and culture programming at PAMA.

Songwriting Workshop with Bayani Llagas: Thursday, Aug. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Get lyrical and unleash the songwriter within! Join local musician Bayani Llagas for an evening of song writing and musical performances. Explore the elements of lyric writing and song construction. All genres welcome. Members, $29.75 and Non–Members, $35. Pre–registration is required.

Creative Exchange, Grant Writing, In Partnership with the City of Brampton and the Ontario Arts Council: Thursday, Aug. 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
August's Creative Exchange networking event is meant to connect individual members of Peel's arts community and art groups or organizations with each other. The City of Brampton and PAMA invite you to join in the conversation. The Ontario Arts Council will be making a presentation on the subject of grant writing.

This is a FREE event; please RSVP to Christina Romasz at Christina.Romasz@brampton.ca

PAMA's Wacky Staycation Days: Tuesday's and Thursday's, Aug. 8 – 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Take part in our wacky August staycation activity series! Using our collections and exhibitions as inspiration, come celebrate the fun, strange and special days of the year.

  • August 8 – Happiness Happens Day
  • August 10 – World Lion Day
  • August 15 – Relaxation Day
  • August 17 – Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • August 22 – National Tooth Fairy Day
  • August 24 – International Strange Music Day
  • August 29 – More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Drop–in, included with admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Fun Day: Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Family time adventures happen here. Join us for a day full of creativity, continuing the theme of home in celebration of Peel and Canada 150!

  • Family Art and Yoga: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Learn yoga movements and explore our art buffet for exploratory learning at its best. Space is limited, arrive early.

  • Family Art and Stories: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

This program is designed to engage and inspire younger children through hands–on activities and stories.

  • Family Tour: 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Discover more! Meet us in the Museum Lobby for a special family–friendly tour.

  • Family Fun Activity and Colouring Room: Drop–in, all day long

Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) Drumming Circle: Thursday, Aug. 17
Join an evening of shared traditions and songs.

Artists Open Studio: Thursday, August 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Calling all artists and art lovers to come together to work in an open studio setting. Come work independently, share or collaborate in this supportive studio environment. All art forms are welcome. Please bring your own supplies, no solvent based materials.

Fibre Art Workshop: Sunday, August 27, 1 – 3 p.m.
In this fibre workshop, you will design your own block prints and create a unique textile pattern.
Members, $29.75 and Non–Members, $35. Pre–registration is required.

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.


Media Contacts:

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

Shereen Daghstani
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4643

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



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