Started by Harvard College students, The Monument Project provides a central space for creative thinkers to reimagine monuments and public art.
We seek to interrogate public memory, cultivate public imagination, and envision a more just future.
Our design challenges invite college students to use art of any medium—from songs to sketches, poetry to photography, film to fashion design—to reimagine what more just monuments can look (or sound, move, or feel) like. As you create, consider:
What are monuments for?
Who are they for?
Do we need monuments today?
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE
You don't have to consider yourself an "artist" to submit work! We post all submissions from college students (or recent graduates) that respect our community norms
WHAT TO CONTRIBUTE
Submissions can be old or new, finished or in-progress, and of any medium, across the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and more! All challenges are ongoing and always open to submissions
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
DM submissions to @themonumentproject on Instagram or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, college and, optionally, your IG handle and a short caption/description
We encourage you to look critically at your own backyard, whatever that might mean to you—whether it’s your campus or your hometown, a dorm room or a local public park. What/who would you want to monumentalize within your own space or a place you call home? Through any medium, create or even redesign an existing monument that is close to home for you. You might consider: What would your monument be for? Who would it be for? Where/how would it be displayed?
CHALLENGE #3: CLOSE TO HOME
All previous challenges are ongoing and still open to submissions.
Email if you are a student organization interested in commission a challenge.