Jul 15 | 1:00pm–4:00pm

Monument Lab Summer Sampler

Get a glimpse of Philadelphia’s most monumental project in 2017. Join Mural Arts for a first look at Monument Lab, featuring a sneak preview of Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly: an interactive sculpture with a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history. Enjoy live music from DJ Royale, Girls Rock Philly, Rock to the Future, and youth band DSG; sample free summertime refreshments; and chat one-on-one with the artists and curators!

Nine weeks, 10 sites, 21 artists, and one central question: What is your vision for a monument that represents Philadelphia? Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum that invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

Visit monumentlab.muralarts for more information about this expansive, interactive project, coming to Philadelphia’s Center City squares and neighborhood parks in fall 2017.


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 and Dean Adler, CLAWS Foundation, Hummingbird Foundation, J2 Design, National Endowment for the Arts, Nick & Dee Adams Charitable Fund, Parkway Corporation, Relief Communications LLC, Tiffany Tavarez, Tuttleman Family Foundation, Joe & Renee Zuritsky, and 400+ Kickstarter backers. Support for Monument Lab‘s final publication provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Event Partners: Historic Philadelphia, Wawa Welcome America.