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Michigan Monuments

Principal Investigators


UMMA + Arts Initiative

In the past year municipalities and institutions have begun to grapple with the stories told through their public art, acknowledging the stories that have been left out of our shared histories. The Michigan Monuments Project, in partnership between the University of Michigan Museum of Art, will examine how history gets made and remade through public art, and it will leverage public artistic practice as a catalyst for imagining a more just future for the State of Michigan. The project will be co-conceived and developed in partnership with Philadelphia-based art and history studio Monument Lab. The first phase of this project will launch in Fall 2021 and focus on building a critical depth of knowledge around the urgent issues related to public art – who and what is commemorated in public spaces – as well as develop relationships across U-M’s campuses and with regional partners.