Call for fellows
Monument Lab is a national public art and history project based in Philadelphia. Our goal is to critically engage the monuments we have inherited and unearth the next generation of monuments through stories of social justice and solidarity. We work with artists, activists, municipal agencies, and civic stakeholders on creative approaches to public art, history, and memory.
Philadelphia, like many of our other partner cities, is a city full of monuments and memorials. It is also a city full of monumental histories, many of which are little known, obscured, or simply unacknowledged. Monument Lab projects address social justice and solidarity, including matters of race, gender, sexuality, class, and national belonging. Monument Lab’s artists work with stone and bronze, as well as recycled materials, images, sounds, and the byproducts of community processes.
Monument Lab invites applications for the inaugural Monument Lab National Fellows Program, supported by a generous grant from the Surdna Foundation. This fellowship will support individuals around the country whose ongoing projects address long term inequities in monuments and engage new creative approaches to public art, history, and memory.
Fellows will engage in activities that are meant to build capacity for their own projects, workshop ideas, and form alliances across the cohort and multiple cities. The fellows will virtually meet four times during the fellowship, contribute several dispatches to the Monument Lab website/podcast, and participate in an in-person symposium in Philadelphia in Spring 2019.
WHO CAN APPLY?
There are two categories of Monument Lab Fellows: civic practitioners and high school students.
Applications are welcome from civic practitioners including: artists, activists, scholars, journalists, filmmakers, architects, designers, planners, archivists, historic preservationists, data scientists, and others working across the country in their own local contexts interested in engaging the national movement to critically update and impact the monumental landscape. Emerging, independent, and underrepresented practitioners are encouraged to apply.
Applications are also welcome from high school students around the country with existing projects that use art, activism, history, journalism, and other tools to approach monuments in their communities.
For this round of applications, we will select five civic practitioners and three high school student fellows. At least 1 fellow from each category will be selected from the Philadelphia area.
Applicants who apply this year and who are not chosen are eligible to apply again next year.
APPLICATION MATERIALS & INSTRUCTIONS
Interested candidates must submit the following materials through the application portal below.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume*
300 Word Statement of Interest
300 Word Description of Your Current Project
Four Samples of Your Work.* Samples can include images, videos, animations, personal website, project website, published writing sample, article or blog, and press coverage.
Social Media Handles
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Applications will be reviewed by a jury of Monument Lab curators, artists, and collaborators.
Civic Practitioner Fellows will receive a $2,500 award.
High School Student Fellows will receive a $1,000 award.
Travel stipends will be issued in addition to award payments to cover the costs of visiting Philadelphia to participate in the Spring 2019 symposium.
Fellowship Applications are due by Sunday, November 18, 2018 by 11:59pm EST
Fellows will be announced in early 2019
Image: Shira Walinsky and Southeast by Southeast, Free Speech, Monument Lab 2017 (Steve Weinik/Mural Arts Philadelphia)