The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton celebrates Black History Month

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By Ryan Rumbolt

Published on February 2, 2022 at 2:48 p.m.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is celebrating Black History Month and will once again welcome in-person visitors for a one-day-only event on Family Day.

PAMA anticipates a partial reopening in the spring of 2022 of the Art Gallery and Courthouse buildings, with the museum and archives buildings expected to reopen in the fall or winter of 2022.

The gallery will host a one-day in-person event on February 21, along with virtual activities and exhibits.

Limited capacities are in effect and proof of vaccination will be required for all visitors over the age of 12.

Here’s a look at February’s virtual PAMA at home events:

Discover the historic plaque project

This is a community showcase created by students from Cawthra Park Secondary School that started as an act of protest.

In the summer and fall of 2021, signs appeared in Toronto and Brampton commemorating significant people, places and events in Black Canadian history.

A passionate group of teachers and students created the panels to highlight Canadian Black history. Specifically, the group wanted to draw attention to lesser-known stories not taught in schools, and to black scholars and activists who for decades have worked to elevate black history.

Power Play Sneak Peek Virtual Chat

Thursday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.

Take part in a conversation about Power Play: Hockey in Contemporary Art with guest curator Jaclyn Meloche and featuring artists Didier Morelli, Hazel Meyer and Laura Millard.

Artists will explain their individual practices and discuss how their work relates to hockey and identity. We will discuss sculpture, performance, photography, video and installation. Reserve your free spot now.

Virtual Roundtable with the Brampton Museum of African History and Culture

Wednesday, February 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join PAMA and the group creating the Brampton Museum of African History and Culture to discuss creating a museum.

Co-chairs Myrna Adams and Charles Matthews will discuss the importance of building this museum to help us learn from the past, act in the present and look to the future. We’ll learn about the trip so far, museum themes, future action plans, and how the community can get involved. Reserve your free spot now.

PAMA Family Day Events

On February 21, PAMA will be offering in-person and virtual events, including a special Family Day Escape Room Challenge and a fantastic family fun activity for February.

See our PAMA at Home Family page for all the details.

One Day Only In-Person Family Day Event

Power Play: Hockey in Contemporary Art

February 21 – June 5

Virtual 360° exhibition and in person for one day on February 21.

Inspired by the idea that hockey is much more diverse than popular stereotypes suggest, this exhibition questions the relationship between hockey and Canadian identity by making the invisible bodies of sport visible.

Through 45 works of art in various media by 13 artists and a selection of archival objects from the Hockey Hall of Fame, timely conversations will be explored around nationalism, gender and racial equity, physical and mental health and the value of self-esteem.

Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

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