Mellon Foundation: The Monuments Project


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Mellon Foundation: The Monuments Project - Our Commemorative Landscape

Mellon’s initiative will educate us about our shared collective past to shape a more just future. It will broaden our understanding of how we define commemorative spaces by including not only memorials, historical markers, public statuary, and permanent monuments but also storytelling spaces and ephemeral or temporary installations.  

The Monuments Project will transform the way our country’s histories are told in public spaces and ensure that future generations inherit a commemorative landscape that venerates and reflects the vast, rich complexity of the American story. 
 Grants made under the Monuments Project will fall under the following areas of activity:

  • Fund new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces,
  • Contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education,
  • Relocate existing monuments or memorials.