June 25, 2020, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Session Type: Pre-Event Workshop
The Monument Lab considers what is an appropriate approach to monuments in the contemporary city. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Monument Lab will lead a preconference workshop to explore process, participation, and power in public art. In this moment of reinvention for the public monument, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Their methods include building prototype monuments, lead participatory open research initiatives, and convene memory workers in public spaces across cities with the goal to critically engage the public art we have inherited to reimagine public spaces through narratives of social justice and equity.
Who should attend: This workshop is designed for anyone working in public engagement and collective memory including public art administrators, artists, arts and culture leaders, placemakers and keepers, municipal agents, and more.
- Hear from a range of Monument Lab partners, fellows and other leaders from the field who will explore and engage participants around the central themes of the workshop
- Learn about frameworks for municipal art offices and cultural organizations to explore new opportunities for process-based participation and outcomes for their work
- Engage in a group charette through recent case studies from the field to seek breakthroughs while addressing inequities, parameters, and accountability measures
- Be provided an opportunity for participants to identify exploratory pathways and actionable next steps in their own communities and within their own work.