Enduring Legacies of Public Art, Memorials, and Monuments

Thursday, June 14, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

As we experience this moment of intensity and uncertainty around public monuments—especially those that symbolize the enduring legacies of racial injustice and social inequality—we are reminded that we must find new, critical ways to reflect on the monuments we have inherited and imagine future monuments we have yet to build. This discussion about monuments will expand on the conversation coordinated by Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Monuments Lab project.



Caitlin Butler
Chief Strategy Officer
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Caitlin Butler serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Mural Arts Philadelphia. Using the current strategic plan as a framework and guide, Caitlin is charged with understanding and communicating evolving needs and opportunities in the external landscape, shifts to revenue opportunities, and plays an active role—along with the rest of the Executive team—facilitating the design of new programs, projects, and initiatives, as well as securing resources for these and ongoing operational needs. To ensure evidence-backed approaches, Caitlin assists with evaluation efforts and sharing knowledge of best practices. In her spare time, Caitlin serves on the boards of the Scattergood Foundation and Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and sings with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Caitlin has a BA in Sociology from Swarthmore College and a joint MA in Art Education and Public Administration from The Ohio State University, where she was a Graduate Fellow.

Yannick Jan Henninger Tanguy Trapman-O'Brien
Lab Manager / Data Team
Monument Lab
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yannick Trapman-O’Brien is a performer, theatermaker, and creative hand for hire. He received his BA in Theater from NYU Abu Dhabi, training at The Experimental Theater Wing in New York, RADA in London, and The International Theater Workshop in Amsterdam. His experience ranges from classical work to performance actions, interactive and immersive theater, and creative research, the latter of which has brought him into collaborations with Monument Lab, Al-Bustan's "An Immigrant Alphabet", and the NYU Tisch Open Arts Department, where he consults on the development of a new B.F.A. program. Select past credits include training and work with Theater Mitu, Witness Relocation, the Interactive Playlab, and collaborations with Public Movement (2016) and Amalia Pica (2017) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He is also a performer and member of the creative team with Cirque du Nuit, blending interactive theater and circus in unexpected places. For more see https://yannicktob.wixsite.com/

Corin Wilson
Project Manager
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Corin Wilson served as a project manager for multiple projects in the Mural Arts Philadelphia's 2017 Monument Lab outdoor public art exhibition. She is a Philadelphia-based freelance project manager for various arts and culture organizations around the city as well as being an independent filmmaker. She is proud to be in attendance as a representative for the Monument Lab team and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Marisa Williamson
Monument Lab
Newark, New Jersey

Marisa Williamson is a performance, video, and installation artist based in Newark, NJ. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She has staged site-specific performances at and in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Storm King Art Center, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her videos, performances, and installations are exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally. She was a 2012 participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. She served as the 2018 Ruffin Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. Williamson has taught at the Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, and joins the art faculty at the University of Hartford in 2018.