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Imagine a Monument to New Orleans

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Paper Monuments is a public art and public history project designed to elevate the voices of the people of New Orleans, as a critical process towards creating new narratives and symbols of our city that represent our collective vision, and to honor the erased histories of the people, places, movements, and events that have made up the past 300 years as we look to the future.

 

Project Values:

The core values of Paper Monuments are equity, integrity, and collaboration. We envision the role of our team as coordinating the efforts and supporting the visions of a broad collective of residents, scholars, artists, and activists.

In centering equity, we have set an honorarium for artwork that recognizes the value of our local visual artists, often overlooked in discussions of New Orleans' cultural economy and we are working to ensure that both the content and the creators of all our pieces reflect the diverse populations of our city.  

In centering integrity, we have committed to honor all  public proposal submissions, and to include them in archives and maps, knowing that some may be offensive or abusive. We have provided opportunity for all community members to speak at our events to date, and will continue to do so throughout our process.

In centering collaboration, we have built relationships with small business owners throughout the city to distribute posters while helping to drive new customers to their stores. We have partnered with public institutions such as the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Library to provide research and archival support locally, and are part of an emerging cohort of organizations and projects across the country working to reconsider the role of public art and public history in our cities.

 
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Posters and Installations

Our team, a collective of designers, artists, urbanists, and educators, has been working since July 2017 to pair scholarly narratives and locally commissioned artwork in telling the stories that are too often lost or obscured when New Orleans history is recounted.

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Public Proposals

Public proposals are the core of Paper Monuments’ process, a continually expanding pool of prospective monuments, memorials and public art that range from the intimate to the epic and tell the stories that are important to New Orleans’ residents.

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The Newspaper

We distribute our newspaper all over the city wtih updates from the project, examples of public proposals, exciting news, and more. And don't forget to check out the blog while on the site!


Our team

Colloqate Design/Paper Monuments Co-Directors:

Sue Mobley

Bryan C. Lee Jr.

Paper Monuments Core Team

Nic Brierre Aziz

Katie Wills

Isabella Siegel

Colin Fredrickson

Shoshana Gordon

John Ludlam

Chris Daemmrich

Brittany Lindsey

Press Contacts:

Sue Mobley sue@colloqate.org

Bryan Lee bryan@colloqate.org

 

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

Follow the Paper Monuments tour at New Orleans Historical

Email us at info@papermonuments.org

Paper Monuments Mapping

Check out a few sites of importance in our city.

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Paper Monuments Process

Telling overlooked stories of the people, places, events, and movements that have shaped the 300 year history of New Orleans.

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Blog

Follow us here for event updates as well as continued conversation through videos and written posts.

Where can I pick up posters?

 
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Tubby + Coo's Mid City Book Shop
631 N Carrollton Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70119

Material Life
2521 Bayou Road
New Orleans, LA 70119

Community Book Center
2523 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119

Crescent City Books 
124 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

New Orleans Public Library
Main Branch

219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

Studio Be
2941 Royal St,
New Orleans, LA 70117

Octavia Books
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

 


Video Series: Stories at the Crossroads

 

In case you weren't able to join us at Stories at the Crossroads, filmmaker Luisa Dantas  beautifully captured the spirit of the event in the first of many videos documenting the process behind Paper Monuments.

We want to give a huge shoutout to the storytellers who spoke their monuments that night, including Sunni Patterson, Nic Aziz, John Hankins, Rebecca Snedeker, Phoebe Ferguson, and Tilman Hardy, as well as our awesome MC, Chris Lane.

This video is part of Surdna Foundation's ongoing video series on community engaged design. Paper Monuments is made possible through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation.


 

Paper Monuments explores the stories of New Orleans through art and storytelling inspired by the people, places, events, and movements that have shaped our city over the past 300 years.