Mural Arts' Monument Lab is raising $50K to support its public programming - Generocity Philly

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May 5, 2017 1:00 pm

Mural Arts’ Monument Lab is raising $50K to support its public programming

The citywide art project invites 21 local and international artists to imagine monuments for a modern Philadelphia.

Artist Karyn Olivier's proposed mural.

(Courtesy image)

Monument Lab needs some help.

Mural Arts’ upcoming citywide art project invites 21 visual artists of local and international acclaim — down from 22; Ai Weiwei dropped out — to imagine a physical monument that will encourage civic engagement for a modern Philadelphia.

The artists’ works will be displayed this fall across five Center City squares and five community parks. Read their project proposals here.

Though it’s already received the bulk of its funding from notable foundations such as Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the William Penn Foundation, the Tuttleman Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the project is hoping to source another $50,000 to support its nine-week public programming series.

Check out the Kickstarter

“We are trying to raise $50,000 by June 1 to cover the costs of open hours at our interpretive hubs and free or low-cost public programs and events to engage the public,” wrote Mural Arts Director of Development Caitlin Butler in an email.

“We were drawn to Kickstarter because we believe that the project’s focus on democracy and representation should be reflected in its funding structure, so we’re seeking a diverse body of investors giving whatever they can.”

The campaign raised almost $10,000 in its first 48 hours and has a goal of reaching $15,000 by the end of this weekend.

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