Envisioning and Nurturing the Monuments of a More Equitable Tomorrow

Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Monuments, memorials, and other public art reflect the stories and histories we most want to tell ourselves, the pride we collectively hold, and the memories and priorities with which we craft our communities' futures. The presence (and the absence of) people and events in the sculptures, murals, music, and imagery with which we commemorate history create the narrative we tell our communities. Come together to imagine different narratives that celebrate and commemorate all people and tell a story of us all.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the systemic issues that have kept multiple narratives out of the mainstream, and have erased the experiences and histories of certain groups.
  2. Discuss how to work with your community to unearth the untold narratives there, to honor those who deserve honor, and to reflect the inclusive story the community seeks.
  3. Hear stories of how artists and communities have embraced a new way of storytelling through memorials, monuments, and commemorative public art.



Tracie D Hall
Director, Culture Program
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

Tracie D. Hall is Culture Program Director at The Joyce Foundation. Prior to that appointment Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division.Hall has also served as Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Queens Library in New York City, in The Boeing Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship Division where she worked as Community Investment Strategist and later as Chicago Community Investor; as Director of the Office for Diversity at the American Library Association; as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities and in non-profit and public sector posts across the country.

Deeply invested in the intersection of arts access, literacy, youth and economic development, Hall led the organization and founding of the NYC Early Learning Network; developed the Seattle-based SCRIBES program, which has become a long-running youth creative writing project; conceived and curated the NEH-funded Festival of Caribbean Literature with the Connecticut Center for the Book; served as author and principal investigator on three milestone Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) initiatives; and in Chicago, has worked on several initiatives connecting art to community and workforce development. A writer and visual artist, Hall is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of various awards and residencies for her writing, creative and community work. Holding degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington, Hall was born and mostly raised in South Los Angeles. She is Founding Curator of experimental arts space, Rootwork Gallery and continues to make time to serve on various non-profit boards and committees.

Debra Garcia y Griego
Executive Director
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.org
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Debra Garcia y Griego is the Executive Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission. She is responsible for implementing the City’s support of arts and cultural affairs, including leading the City’s first cultural planning process, “Culture Connects Santa Fe,” with consultant Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez. Her 20 years of experience as an arts administrator include service at Museum Campus Chicago, Chicago a cappella, Southwest Theater & Dance Festival, and University of New Mexico Department of Theater & Dance. She serves on the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts and as an at-larger member of the United States Urban Arts Federation, an alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation's 60 largest cities. Garcia y Griego holds a Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.

Christy NaMee Eriksen
Artist / Organizer
Alaska State Council on the Arts
Juneau, Alaska

Christy NaMee Eriksen is an award-winning artist, organizer, and educator whose work is grounded in social justice and community engagement. NaMee has appeared on stages from the Governor's Awards in Alaska to The Roundhouse in London. As a teaching artist, she leads spoken word workshops to build voice, community, and activism. She owns Kindred Post, a post office that serves as a neighborhood third space to support artists, cultivate connection, and advocate for social justice. One of her current projects is World in Progress - an arts-based racial justice training program, supported by a Social Justice Award from the Alaska Community Foundation. NaMee's recognitions include the 2013 Mayor's Award for Artist of the Year, two Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards, the Loft Immersion Fellowship, the Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship and most recently a 2018 Carla Timpone Award for Activism. She lives in Juneau, Alaska with her son.

Danielle Brazell
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, leading a staff of 64 full-time employees and 80 part-time employees. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services. Prior to 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell also held the positions of Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She currently serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.