Where We Are Headed

Dear Friends of Monument Lab,

As we approach the midway point of the year, we are taking a moment to reflect on the meaningful work we have realized and the significant new projects we will embark on in the second half of 2023.

Because of your support and belief in our work, we have been able to make an impact this year. We plan to keep making momentum going strong!

Our goal has always been to reckon with and reimagine the commemorative landscape. Here’s what this looks like today:

We invest in artists. In 2022, Monument Lab directed over $1 million to artists and collaborators. In addition, Monument Lab was proud to complete the process in 2023 to become a W.A.G.E. Certified organization. W.A.G.E. establishes sustainable economic relationships between artists and institutions bringing equitable distribution through minimum fees required to be paid to artists and collaborators for their work.

We are changing the conversation. Our recent podcasts–Plot of Land supported by the Ford Foundation and The Statue in partnership with Philadelphia’s WHYY and NPR–reached over 204,000 downloads so far this year. With an estimated 3.93 million in views of online press coverage of our work last year, Monument Lab is ensuring that artists are essential thought leaders driving change, healing, and innovation to move our history forward.

We transform historical memory through collaboration. Monument Lab has worked with over 100 artists this year alone. This summer, Monument Lab is curating the next big shift in monuments: Beyond Granite: Pulling Together, a collaborative exhibition with the Trust for the National Mall, co-curated by myself and Pulitzer-winner Salamishah Tillet. This is the first-ever public art exhibition on the National Mall and features six remarkable artists who are changing the way we imagine history in this iconic place.

We’re just getting started. We are bringing our tools and approaches to new vantage points. as we build lasting generational change in public memory. Our work is elevating a next generation of monument makers and more vibrant, collective imagination to our public spaces.

We hope you will help us celebrate where we have been and where we are headed by making a donation today.

With gratitude,

Paul Farber
Director of Monument Lab