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    Our Memory Archive of Public Works is open at last! Join us at Myseum Intersections from March 22-25, 2018

    Are you a community organizer? History buff? Scavenger hunter? Torontophile? The DEPARTMENT’s Memory Archive of Public Works is open at last! This unusual collection documents a range of overlooked efforts to make Toronto more inclusive and livable, with files on nursing, housing activism, HIV/AIDS organizing, community gardens and more.  Over the course of two hours, participants will team up to unpack an archive file of their choice, piece together the story using the objects within, and make their own contributions to the collection. Seating is limited so reserve your spot now.


    The Memory Archive of Public Works is an installation which presents the DEPARTMENT’s ongoing research into grassroots efforts that have made Toronto more inclusive and livable. It is unlike traditional archives in both content and form. It focuses on fleeting public actions and fledgling community-based programs. One file contains memories of a small employment centre that served as a local hub. Another contains traces of “Tent City”, a homeless encampment on the waterfront. Another yet tells the story of a remarkable palliative care hospice, as remembered by nurses and personal support workers. The archive’s contents have been inspired by oral history interviews and consist of objects, images and carefully selected memory fragments, presented in both audio and written form. All contents have been created/selected to evoke further remembering on the part of the audience.

    This year for the Myseum Intersections Festival, the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY has developed a series of unusual instructions with which small groups of participants can complete a shift “working” in the Memory Archive by exploring a file together.  Between March 22nd and 25th the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY will open it’s full archive to the public, both for drop-in visits and for four facilitated workshops. In these workshops, participants will explore archive files in small groups and then collectively answer a series of questions. How do these file contents make you feel? What do they make you remember? What further information or research is needed on this subject? Which future civic actions do you recommend? Each workshop can accommodate up to 20 people and will run for approximately 2 hours, including time for Q and A with the DEPARTMENT. All events are free. Register here for one of the workshops.

    Workshop Dates and Times

    Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm

    Friday, March 23, 1-3 pm

    Saturday, March 24, 11-1pm

    Saturday, March 24, 3-5 pm

    All events will take place at Artscape Youngplace, Studio 109 (180 Shaw St.)

    Register for a workshop now