A national fellows program and media platform to support dialogue and action about the changing monumental landscape of the United States


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Artistic legacies
  • Comm. Development
  • Memory
  • Pedagogy
  • Public culture
  • Social Justice

Organizing Institutions

Monument Lab, Slought

Contributing Institutions

Penn SP2 Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative


Paul Farber, Ken Lum, Kristen Giannantonio


Surdna Foundation

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Slought and Monument Lab are pleased to announce Remediate, a national initiative to support dialogue and action about the changing monumental landscape of the United States, beginning Fall 2018. With generous support from the Surdna Foundation, we are invested in working with artists, activists, scholars, architects, planners, students, and others who are engaging the monumental landscape in their neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

Remediate studies and engages recent public debate and civic action around the monumental landscape of U.S. cities. Remediate will operate as a national fellows program and a media hub for writing, audio/video projects, and civic data that can help critically understand the monuments we have inherited and help unearth the next generation of monuments, especially around themes of social justice and solidarity.

The initiative will support individuals' local, ongoing projects around the country that address long term inequities in monument building and propose new creative approaches to public art and history. The term "remediate" refers to a form of critical engagement, often used by environmental practitioners, to diagnose and take steps to addresses toxic materials embedded within geographic contexts. We extend the term toward historic narratives and practices of exclusion – along lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and national status – as way to respond to the movement growing across the country.

New opportunities and projects will rollout beginning Fall 2018.

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About Monument Lab

Monument Lab is a public art and history initiative based in Philadelphia. We are a team of curators, artists, scholars, and students who ask open research questions and build prototype monuments in public spaces. Through our practice, we cultivate contemporary artworks, generate publicly sourced civic data, work directly with municipal and civic partners, and co-author interpretive experiences.

Monument Lab curated a citywide exhibition in Philadelphia during Fall 2017, produced with Mural Arts, that engaged over 200,000 city residents and visitors and featured installations by twenty leading artists in over ten sites across the city.

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About 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

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