We’re a tiny department with a huge job to do.
Our city is at a crossroads.
Will we reaffirm a commitment to care for each other and our environment? Or will we dismantle the social infrastructure we’ve built? The DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY hopes to survive long enough to find out.
What does the city forget? It’s our job to find out! We gather living memories of Toronto’s public services and community organizations. Based on these memories we create commemorative signs for public sites like libraries, daycares, community programs and shelters. We’ve spoken with hundreds of Toronto residents, visited dozens of sites across the city and held nine large public sign unveilings.