Thank you Gail Lord for providing this text:
This week, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a report from the City Manager to close “museums with the least attendance, and revenues compared to costs.” Another proposal asks the City Manager to report on further extensive cuts to culture programs.
These proposals indicate a misunderstanding of what museums are. In any city, museums are about identity, linking the past to the present. In Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city, museums are even more crucial to social cohesion.
Toronto’s historic museums – Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina House, McKenzie House, Colborne Lodge, Market Gallery, Gibson House, Zion Schoolhouse, Scarborough Historic Museum and Fort York – are the repository of our collective heritage. Destroy them and you destroy the DNA of who we are and how we got here. Each of these sites, whether they be in downtown Toronto, Scarborough, North York or Etobicoke, reflect not only our past, but are also neighbourhood hubs for sharing and learning about our modern diverse communities.
Clearly there is room for improving the attendance and the financial performance of these museums. However, closures are not the answer. The museum closings will be before City Council on Monday September 26th. I urge you to write to the Mayor and members of City Council to raise your voice in opposition to this proposal. Click here for contact information for the Mayor and Councillors.