On This Land: Reframing Public Memory


September 22, 2020

How do monuments and memorials shape our understanding of place—and what we choose to forget? And how might we reframe public memory to address the harmful legacy of colonialism in our region?

Kim Szeto, Program Director of Public Art, New England Foundation for the Arts will moderate a panel conversation among local artists Nia Holley (Nipmuc), Jonathan Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), and Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) to explore how remembering and forgetting of Indigenous peoples and colonial history have shaped the landscape and collective consciousness of Greater Boston. Looking at several sites of significance for Indigenous communities in the region, they’ll unpack the meaning of these places through their personal histories and creative practices, and share their perspectives on the necessary role of Indigenous artists in shaping more just public spaces.

- Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Artist in Residence for the City of Boston
- Nia Holley (Nipmuc)
- Jonathan Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), Culture bearer, leader, historian, artist and professional speaker
- Kim Szeto, Program Director of Public Art at the New England Foundation for the Arts (moderator)

This event precedes “Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Art in Public Space,” a virtual symposium organized through a collaboration among Indigenous artists and NEFA’s Public Art team. To learn more about this initiative, visit

“On This Land” is part of “Public Art, Public Memory.” This discussion series explores the role that planners, artists, and community leaders can play in cultivating more just and inclusive public spaces through public art and collective memory. Learn more here:

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Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Racial Equity