This spring the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is proud to present a series of exhibitions that focuses on strife, loss and triumph.

Our Voices is a small but strong community exhibition, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. It features artwork by diverse youth from mentoring groups at schools across the Region of Peel ranging from grades three to twelve.

Some of the students featured in the exhibit are recent immigrants who faced many hardships during their journeys to Canada. Others are longtime Peel residents who have experienced racism and bullying.

“The students’ process of building a stronger sense of community and self-worth through creativity was the most inspiring and important part of this project,” says Sam Cronk, PAMA Senior Curator of History.

The students worked together with the help of educators and mentors to create sculptures, flags, silhouettes, and cardboard art to express their challenges as well as their resilience, pride in their identity, and hopes and dreams for the future.

“A special thank you to the team at PAMA for their incredible hard work and creativity to make the Our Voices exhibit possible,” says Shari Lynn Ladanchuk, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. “We sincerely appreciate and value the opportunity for the youth within Big Brothers Big Sisters programs to individually and collectively express their identity, displacement and their belonging and hope. This has been a tremendous educational experience and opportunity for creative self expression for our youth.”

Our Voices will be featured from May 18 to September 22, 2019. Find out more here.