Which stories belong in public? Re:Generation is a nationwide participatory public art and history project organized by Monument Lab. The project elevates people shaping the next generation of monuments reckoning with and reimagining public memory. We curated Re:Generation through an open call and distributed a total of $1 Million across ten project sites led by local collaborative teams of artists, educators, storytellers, and organizers. Each team will pursue a commemorative campaign rooted in the living history of a neighborhood, city, or region. Monument Lab’s Re:Generation kicks off with nationwide conversations, local exhibitions, and special events from May Day–Labor Day 2022. Re:Generation is supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Monuments Project.
The Monument Lab Re:Generation project sites:
- Montgomery, Alabama – The More Up Campus
- Tucson, Arizona – La Doce
- Los Angeles, California – The Land Under the Plinth
- St. Louis, Missouri – The Black HerStory Initiative
- Queens, New York – Tandang Sora
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – ConsenSIS
- Cayey, Puerto Rico – Archivos del Caribe
- Rapid City, South Dakota – Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands Project
- Matewan, West Virginia – Courage in the Hollers
- Dinétah, Four Corners Region – Walking with Dinétah
Monument Lab Summit in Washington D.C. with Re:Generation team representatives, April 2022 (AJ Mitchell/Monument Lab).
More about the Re:Generation teams
For Re:Generation, Monument Lab curated projects through an open call. Each selected Re:Generation team received a total of $100,000 toward its local commemorative campaign and is part of the nationwide project that invites and challenges us to re-envision monuments of the past, present, and future together.
In a city that both claims status as the “Cradle of the Confederacy” and “Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement,” The More Up Campus will create a holistic space where art, history, and health come together and conversations take place around the legacy of slavery, Black women’s maternal health, and reproductive justice.
Team members include: Michelle Browder, Deleso Alford, Stephen Browder, J.C. Hallman, and Geneva Watford.
To contest gentrification in a major urban center within the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, La Doce envisions flipping notions of who gets honored with monuments from heroic mythical figures to local residents through the creation of “altars to barrio workers” and “sites of memory and resiliency” for a new blueprint of recognition.
Team members include: Imelda G. Cortez, Vanessa Cordova, Claudio Rodriguez, Nelda Liliana Ruiz Calles, Lane Santa Cruz, Carlos Valenzuela.
Los Angeles, California
The Land Under the Plinth will recover the spaces on which monuments to colonial figures once stood and dedicate an emergent place for engagement with the Tongva community and City of Los Angeles, including a learning center, research opportunities, and new markers to uplift visions for how L.A.’s First Peoples want to project themselves into the future of this metropolis.
Team members include: Joel Garcia, Mercedes Dorame, River Garza, Kimberly Morales-Johnson, and Samantha Morales-Johnson.
St. Louis, Missouri
The Black Herstory Initiative of The Griot Museum uses the names of St. Louis streets to implement a commemorative reckoning movement that honors the political, social, and cultural legacies of Black women. A series of community-rich “sign shops” (aka, workshops) and community-engaged public research will culminate in co-curated public programming and herstory memory markers.
Team members include: Lois D. Conley, Eric Ellingsen, Precious Musa, Erika D. Neal, De Nichols, Andrew Olden, Darian Wigfall, Tracy Williams, and Alana Marie Woodson.
Queens, New York
Tandang Sora spotlights the stories and lineage of care labor and immigration in Queens, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. The work is inspired by the legacy of Filipina revolutionary Tandang Sora and will serve as a monument to transnational care workers in the diaspora located in the heart of the New York City Filipino community.
Team members include: Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente.
ConsenSIS summons “sisterly history” to preserve the past and present literary legacy of Black women poets in Philadelphia. By gathering stories through a survey, hosting a reunion, and prototyping historic markers, the project aims to spark new traditions that commemorate a vital creative community in a city where Black women’s contributions to history are often buried under cobblestones and colonial landmarks.
Team members include: Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson.
Cayey, Puerto Rico
Archivos del Caribe, a community-based and community-led archive and literary collective, will spotlight public history across rural areas of Puerto Rico through participatory methods – oral history interviews, archival digitization of family records, and architectural surveys of Cayey’s historic core – to provide a greater dimensionality to the complex past and present of this region for future generations.
Team members include: Leticia Berdecia, Nicole Collazo Santana, Natalia Gulick de Torres, Roberto Guzmán-Hernández, Emilie Raboteur, Luis Rivera Jiménez, Paula E. Roque Rivera, Roudhia Sellin, Ana Teresa Solá Rivière, and Gabriel Torres Ojeda.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands Project will develop an interpretive site and memorial to protect and remember the children who died at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School, a federal assimilation school that operated from 1898 to 1933, and explore how the distribution of the school’s land in the 1940s contributed to ongoing tensions within their community in the Black Hills.
Team members include: Amy Sazue, Bobbie Koch, Eric Zimmer, Valeriah Big Eagle, Kibbe Brown, Sandra Fire Lightning, Eirik Asa Heikes, LaFawn Janis, Tatewin Means, Lorraine Nez, Jennifer Read, Beverly Stabber-Warne, Heather Dawn Thompson, and Robin Zephier.
Matewan, West Virginia
In the heart of central Appalachian coalfields, Courage in the Hollers: Mapping the Miners’ Struggle for a Union will commemorate the history of labor organizing by memorializing the Battle of Blair Mountain and celebrate the collective efforts of a multiethnic, multiracial working class who stood up against oppression 100 years ago in the rural landscape where it took place.
Team members include: Mackenzie New Walker, Erin Bates, Mike Johnson, Brian Lacy, Kirstyn Ooten, Shaun Slifer, Bobby Starnes, Terry Steele, and Kyle Warmack.
Dinétah, Four Corners Region
Walking With Dinétah will co-create strategies for cultural resilience and healing through spatialized oral histories, memory work, mapmaking, and participatory art—in other words, through Hózhó náhásdlíí’, or “walking in beauty.”
Team members include: Tonia Sing Chi, Samantha Eddy, Kassie John, and Shundana Yusaf.