Oct 20, 2017

Shine a Light on Your City with Monument Lab

by: Laura Kochman

We just passed the halfway point for Monument Lab—only four weeks left! We’ve been amazed and motivated by the response to this project, and we’re looking forward to all the conversations yet to come. Hear from some of the women behind Sharon Hayes’ If They Should Ask tomorrow at Rittenhouse Square, and then head over to our field office at the Barnes to make paper flowers for Michelle Angela Ortiz’s Seguimos Caminando (We Keep Walking). And here’s where you can find Monument Lab all week long:

Seguimos Caminando (We Keep Walking) design detail. Image courtesy of Michelle Angela Ortiz.

Flores de Libertad (Flowers of Freedom) Activation 

Activate the public space of the Barnes’ Annenberg Court with Michelle Angela Ortiz, in preparation for a creative action on November 5. Free.

Monday, October 23
12:30–3 p.m.

Annenberg Court at the Barnes Foundation
140 North Columbus Boulevard (at Race Street)

Sample Philly opening. July 15, 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Monumental Exchange #3 

A monumental conversation between artists Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective about the artist’s role in monument-making. Free.

Wednesday, October 25
6–8 p.m.

CBS Auditorium
University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street

Passage :: Migration and Free Speech at Marconi Plaza 

Shining a light on the immigrant experience with the one-night-only Passage :: Migration installation from Klip Collective and the ongoing Free Speech kiosk. Free.

Saturday, October 28
7–10 p.m.

Marconi Plaza
2800 South Broad Street

See you out there! (and psst, buy tickets now for the next Monument Lab Live event on November 1, featuring Bree Newsome, Tarek El-Messidi, Reentry Think Tank, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Shira Walinsky!)


Lead Monument Lab partners include the City of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy; Historic Philadelphia; Independence National Historic Park; Penn Institute for Urban Research; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Price Lab for Digital Humanities; and the University of Pennsylvania.

Major support for Monument Lab projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

An expanded artist roster and projects at five neighborhood sites have been made possible by a significant grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Lead corporate sponsor is Bank of America.

Additional support has been provided by Susanna Lachs & Dean Adler, William & Debbie Becker, CLAWS Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Davis Charitable Foundation, Hummingbird Foundation, J2 Design, National Endowment for the Arts, Nick & Dee Adams Charitable Fund, Parkway Corporation, PECO, Relief Communications LLC, Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Stacey Spector & Ira Brind, Tiffany Tavarez, Tuttleman Family Foundation, Joe & Renee Zuritsky, and 432 Kickstarter backers. Support for Monument Lab‘s final publication provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Media partner: WHYY

Last updated: Oct 20, 2017

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