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Monumental Sites for Imagining Culture

The dramatic removal of Baltimore’s contested Confederate monuments has sparked a robust public dialogue around what to do with the remaining sites. In response, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has created an online portal, “Monumental Sites,” to serve as a central repository for the public’s suggestions and ideas. All are invited to share their ideas for what to do with the sites through this online form. Proposals are due December 31, 2017. Its understood that ideas will be considered for temporary art interventions, performances, and/or programming. Permanent changes to the sites will require a long term review process that has yet to be defined. Now is the time for citizen artists to help shape these processes.

Find out more at BOPA’s public art page (select Monumental Sites tab): promotionandarts.org/arts-council/public-art

During this crucial period of transition, several neighborhood organizations and grassroots arts and cultural groups are meeting to discuss how this process should work and ideas for what to do with the site. Artpartheid, in partnership with Cultural Works and USDAC & The Arch Social Club Community Network, The Living Well, and Wombworks, is hosting a series of community dialogues to create space for people to express their thoughts about the former Confederate monument sites, the removal process, and ideas for what to do next. There will be three dates in September through October:

  • Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) Arch Social Club: 2624 North Ave 21217
  • Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 (2:00-6:00 p.m.) The Living Well: 235 Holiday Street 21201
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) WombWorks: 3123 Walbrook Ave 21205

For more information: Join the Artpartheid Facebook Group here: facebook.com/groups/artpartheid