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Monument Lab Town Hall

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Monument Lab Town Hall
A Public Forum on Process and Power

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, New York, 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 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.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

(Between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Free and Open to the Public
Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Livestream details to follow

Monument Lab National Fellows

Arielle Brown (Philadelphia), Cheyenne Concepcion (San Francisco), Free Egunfemi (Richmond), Joel Garcia (Los Angeles), Maya Little and Gina Balamucki 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).


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

9:30–9:45 AM Welcome Remarks

9:45–10:45 AM Keynote Speaker: 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?”
Featuring the Monument Lab Fellows
Moderated by Paul Farber (Philadelphia)

5:00–5:30 PM Reception

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

Earlier Event: June 16
Theory X with The Bentway
Later Event: October 3
A Call to Peace Opening