CAA Conference 2018 CFP: Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Address Controversies

July 7, 2017

Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and
Address Controversies
Chair(s): Harriet Senie, The City College of New York, The City
University of New York,; Sierra Rooney, Stony
Brook University, The State University of New York, r.sierra.rooney@
Abstracts due to chairs on August 14, 2017
“Teachable Monuments” is an initiative begun under the aegis
of Public Art Dialogue in order to use public monuments as a
focus for civic and civil dialogues in schools at every level from
kindergarten to university, and also to develop guidelines for
public officials in communities to help resolve controversies
regarding public monuments. These guidelines would include
a step-by-step guide to researching the historical monument,
as well as organizing activities and conversations for students,
community groups, civil servants, and politicians. We are
interested in proposals that analyze specific controversies with
various outcomes, as well as examples of monuments that convey
outdated or unwelcome value systems without prompting debate.
Strategies might include inaction, removal, (re)interpretation, or
commission of a contemporary “counter” monument. Additionally,
we are interested in suggestions on how “Teachable Monuments”
might achieve its varied goals, as well as theoretical proposals
about how these issues might best be contextualized. We expect
“Teachable Monuments” to result in publications beyond the
guidelines, possibly an issue of the journal Public Art Dialogue
and/or an anthology that will address these issues in theoretical as
well as pragmatic ways.

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