Brampton - On Nov. 7, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for outstanding
contributions to the Ontario museum community. PAMA received the Award of
Excellence for Innovation and an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Exhibitions
at the 2013 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Markham, Ontario.
“We are honoured to be recognized for PAMA’s commitment to
creating valuable and innovative displays and exhibitions,” said Marty Brent,
Acting Manager, PAMA. “We have aspired to create a space where visitors can
learn about our community’s rich culture and heritage.”
PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation for the
Interactive Map of Peel, a 55” multi-touch screen built into a table that
provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for Peel
residents. This engaging technology bridges the gap between the Region’s past
and present, and provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural
history for all residents.
An Honourable Mention for the Excellence in Exhibitions
category was presented to PAMA for We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People
in Peel Region. This permanent exhibition gives voice to the Aboriginal
community in Peel and beyond. Through innovative presentation and authentic voice,
this exhibition provides visitors with an understanding of the Aboriginal
experience over the past two centuries.
The Interactive Map of Peel was funded in part by the
Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Sport and was created in
partnership with Albion Bolton Historical Society, Brampton Heritage Board,
Brampton Historical Society, Caledon Heritage Committee, Heritage Mississauga,
Historic Bovaird House, Mississauga Library System, Museums of Mississauga,
Streetsville Historical Society, and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. PAMA
acknowledges the Peel Aboriginal Network, Mississauga of the New Credit First
Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Credit River Métis Council, and distinguished
advisors from the community in the development of We Are Here, the Story of
Aboriginal People in Peel Region.
The Ontario Museum Association’s awards are designed to
recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community with an
emphasis on innovation, to advance the museum profession in Ontario and to
encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.