Monuments, Public Memory, and the Artist

Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Memorial projects, particularly now, are complex endeavors filled with many unanticipated and sensitive challenges. These challenges exist from the first spark of an until long after the project is completed, and flow alongside changing community needs, social mores, and shifting understandings of historical and cultural narrative. This session will explore the various thorny to consider when commissioning, decommissioning, and everything in between.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the high-stakes and unique issues associated with memorial projects, and find common best practices among what must be a broad and disparate set of stories.
  2. Learn to balance the expectations and needs of a shifting community, government policy, artist's rights, and the demands of history.
  3. Consider the systemic reality that has led to certain narratives trumping others, and how to dismantle and reconsider the power, impact, and nature of public monuments.


This session is part of the Equity and Engagement sessions.