Stories of ‘Our Voices, Our Journeys’ on display for Black History Month at PAMA in Brampton

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Published February 1, 2024 at 1:07 pm

Brampton’s Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is sharing the journeys of Black communities in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon this month.

February is Black History Month, and the city will be recognizing the achievements and contributions of Black residents across Brampton’s 50-year history with a flag raising, a tribute to 100 Black community builders and more.

PAMA is also rolling out a slate of events and exhibits that will showcase the stories of some of Peel’s Black communities and shine a light on local Black authors, poets and culture.

Here are some of the happenings at PAMA this February for Black History Month:

Our Voices, Our Journeys

Running until March, this exhibition is a celebration of one of many black communities in Peel Region, highlighting the personal journeys of leaders and mentors from the North Peel Community Church congregation.

Their photos and objects illustrate stories of immigration and family life, and how they established a community of faith in Caledon.

The Poems of Pain and Power with Shakkoi Hibbert

Join spoken-word poet, dancer, and author Shakkoi Hibbert for a unique poetry session inspired by her book, “Poems of Pain and Power.” The event runs on two nights (Feb. 1 and Feb 7) at Brampton’s Four Corners library branch.

Admission is free but registration is required at www.bramptonlibrary.ca.

Mindfulness Meet with Stacy-Ann Buchanan

Brampton motivational speaker Stacy-Ann Buchanan will discuss how living a ‘balanced life’ puts pressure on women to give equally in all areas and at all times, which ultimately prioritizes end results rather than prioritizing how they feel throughout the experience.

The Springdale Library will host the event on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7. Admission is free but registration is required at www.bramptonlibrary.ca.

Family Floetry Fitness with Shakkoi

With movements inspired by the Art Gallery, this workshop will immerse you in the rhythm of Afro-Caribbean beats like, Soca, Amapiano, Reggae, Afro beats and more.

Registration is required and the class costs $7.75 for general admission or just $1.50 for PAMA members.

The event will take place on March 15.

Drop-in Activities for Kids and Family 

Escape from the winter chill and keep your kids busy on a PA Day to learn about the beauty of native plants in this instructor-led day of activities including a Family Floetry Fitness session on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is also the annual Free Family Day Event on Family Day (Feb. 19) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For a full list of programing available at PAMA you can visit www.pama.peelregion.ca.or visit PAMA at 9 Wellington St. East in Brampton

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