Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and IRWG director, Melynda Price and Professor Zachary Bray of the University of Kentucky's J. David Rosenberg College of Law, have been awarded a $2 million grant by the Mellon Foundation to establish the Monument Workshop at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to U-M in August 2023, Price was the director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities and the inaugural J. David Rosenberg Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky.

The first of its kind, the Monument Workshop initiative will draw on interdisciplinary experts, artists and local leaders to help reimagine and reinterpret historic monuments across Kentucky and potentially the rest of the nation. The workshop will counter the legal complexities often hindering communities from reshaping these significant sites.

The grant is part of the Monuments Project, the Mellon Foundation's largest initiative aiming to transform America's commemorative landscape to better represent the complexity of their history. The funds will support rotating scholars, artists, and a full-time lawyer connected to the workshop, along with interested law students and other graduate students from across the university.

The Monument Workshop aims to build monumental landscapes that Kentucky communities desire, and share their rich history, while training the next generation of leaders to help communities build the monumental spaces they want in the future.

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