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Monument Lab Town Hall

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library

Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Featuring Keynote Session with Paper Monuments’ Sue Mobley and Panels/Workshops with Monument Lab National Fellows

Join Monument Lab for our first annual meeting featuring panels and workshops with our National Fellows and guest collaborators from around the country. The daylong gathering ends with a Town Hall focused on the momentum, milestones, challenges, and next steps for the critical monument movement today.

Motivated by recent debates and upheavals in cities such as Charlottesville, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Richmond, the Town Hall centers around a guiding question: Who Decides the Fate of Public Space? In conversation with our national fellows, whose groundbreaking work has sparked new possibilities for monuments in these cities and beyond, attendees will explore approaches for those seeking to tackle, topple, and reframe history in public space. Together, we will investigate power and process through stories of social justice and equity.

Monument Lab National Fellows: Arielle Brown (Philadelphia), Cheyenne Concepcion (San Francisco), Free Egunfemi (Richmond), Joel Garcia (Los Angeles), Gina Balamucki and Maya Little of Take Action Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill), Kayinsola Anifowoshe, Zhahna Bryant (Charlottesville), and Anaya Patrice Frazier, Danielle Nolen, and Aliyah Young of A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends (Chicago).

Monument Lab Town Hall is presented with support from the Surdna Foundation and in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement at Parkway Central Library.

Free and Open to the Public • Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Learn more at monumentlab.com

Partners: Slought, The Free Library of Philadelphia, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and For Freedoms

Funders: Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Learn more at www.surdna.org.



Schedule

9:00–9:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:30–9:45 AM Welcome Remarks

9:45–10:45 AM Keynote Session: Sue Mobley, Paper Monuments/Colloqate Design (New Orleans)

10:45–12:00 PM Monument Lab Fellows: Process
Participants: Arielle Brown (Philadelphia), Cheyenne Concepcion (San Francisco), and Free Egunfemi (Richmond)
Moderator: Monique Scott (Philadelphia)

12:00–1:00 PM Lunch Provided

1:00–2:00 PM Monument Lab Fellows: Power
Participants: Maya Little, Gina Balamucki, and Annie Simpson of Take Action Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill) and Joel Garcia (Los Angeles)
Moderator: Sophie Lipman (St. Louis)

2:00-3:00 PM Monument Lab Youth Fellows Arts & Activism Exchange
Participants: Kanyinsola Anifowoshe (Chicago), Zyahna Bryant (Charlottesville), and Anaya Patrice Frazier, Danielle Nolen, and Aliyah Young of A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends (Chicago)

3:00-3:30 PM Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-5:00 PM Town Hall
Guiding Question: “Who Decides the Fate of Public Space?”
Moderated by Paul Farber (Philadelphia)

5:00-5:30 PM Reception


Special Offer for Monument Lab Town Hall Attendees:
Complimentary tickets for the June 28th evening event Sounding the Ancestors with Sonya Clark, Regina Carter, and Jason Moran are available to Town Hall attendees as long as tickets remain available, thanks to our partners at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) and the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP).

Registration code: MONULAB (not case sensitive).

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