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News release: September 15, 2020

What’s on this September at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

BRAMPTON, ON (Tuesday, Sept.15, 2020) As we head into September, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is working behind-the-scenes to re-open in late Fall. In the meantime, we have an exciting donation to highlight and upcoming events happening this month!

Pride Donation

This summer PAMA received a significant donation from The Pride Committee of Peel consisting of textual records, photographs and artifacts.

The records offer invaluable documentation of the activities of the Pride Committee of Peel, in particular its annual “Peel Pride” picnic. Researchers interested in 2SLGTBQ+ community programs and events designed for residents of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon will be well served by this material. It is important to stress that we do not, unfortunately, have very much material in the collection documenting Peel’s LGTBQ+ community. So, this donation offers us a fantastic opportunity to begin to rectify this deficiency.

“The Archives is delighted to accept these important records from the Pride Committee of Peel. In recent years we have been building our collection to better reflect Peel’s modern history. We recognize that many communities in Peel are still underrepresented. This donation helps us to close that gap.”  Jim Leonard, PAMA’s Supervisor of Archival Services / Regional Archivist

“We are thrilled to announce the finalization of a generous donation of artifacts from Peel Pride. These documents, photographs, t-shirts, banners, flags and other objects speak to local histories of queerness and help to tell stories about the region’s 2SLBGTQ+ communities. The addition of these items to the PAMA’s collections allows us to reflect on the moments, spaces and people that have contributed to the historical record of queer life in the region. Your stories matter and we are grateful to be entrusted with the care and conservation of these objects.” Michelle Gewurtz, PAMA’s Supervisor of Arts and Culture

September Events

Connections Art and Book Club
In partnership with the Brampton Library
September 24, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Literature and visual art connect, intersect, and reflect in this distinctive book club. Enjoy a virtual tour of PAMA’s Simon Hughes exhibit , exploring the artist’s Canadian-themed narrative paintings, then join us to discuss Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper at our online meeting. A PAMA staff member will be on hand to talk about the exhibit. Registration is required through Eventbrite . After registration, library staff will contact participants to schedule curbside pickup for the book and participants will receive a link to join the program via email.

Digital Doors Open Brampton
Saturday, September 25 – Oct. 31
Doors Open Ontario has gone digital province wide. Stay tuned on-line for opportunities to explore in Brampton including many behind-the-scenes features from PAMA!

Culture Days
Online with PAMA: Sept. 25 – Oct. 25
Unexpected Intersections is this year’s theme, inspiring creative collaborations and discovery.


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 to learn more.

Media contact

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Coordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
Tel: 416-312-3425

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram