In recent years, among Torontonians, there seems to have been increased interest and passion for the city.
I heart Toronto. Image: igougo.com
Spacing magazine, Yonge Street, Blog TO, Torontoist, Murmur, the ROM and the AGO, Waterfront Toronto‘s plans for the city (heavily covered by the Globe and Mail’s Lisa Rochon), they all speak to wanting to better our urban environment.
“For decades, there has been talk of an actual, physical museum, where Torontonians could learn about the history of this piece of land from the post-ice age era through our ongoing waves of immigration.
As recently as 2007, the museum project was (to be) built inside the old Canada Malting silos on Queens Quay. But then came the recession,…and the funding and political will fell through (again).”
So instead, the City’s Culture division has designed an online museum that tells Toronto’s story. The Toronto Museum Project is a website that gets things started. We were introduced to the TMp by a friend – it’s a great way to bring communities together through the city that we all share. The museum’s online status – and global reach – and the link between objects and people, strikes us as particularly relevant and modern. It’s bringing communities and cultures together through artefacts. It’s an intriguing idea that more museums might develop.
The TMp chronicles the 11,000-year story of Toronto. Their website takes objects rarely seen by the public and allows individual voices to give new meaning to these objects.
You learn about the Torontonian as you do about the object that they chose to write about.
Gloria S. chose as her object, the “charred and melted remains of a flag burnt on August 27th, 1971 by Anti-Vietnam War protesters outside of the Officers’ Mess, Fort York NHS, Toronto, Canada.”
“In the 1960s and through the early 1970s Greenwich Village was my home. Weekends and after work I spent my time sitting on the walls of the fountain in Washington Square.
“I think it was then that I realized my earlier civil rights causes and struggles were linked somehow with other struggles. A social conscious revolt by many of the youth of the day was being waged against a stoic, uncaring society. This society was content to go on with the ‘business as usual’ motto.”
“We wanted the world to know that we cared; we wanted change and we would die for change.”
For more information, please visit the Toronto Museum project website HERE.