After holding six public meetings in four months and receiving hundreds of comments from residents across the city, the Public Art & Monuments Advisory Committee has submitted its final report to the Mayor.
The finished report includes a set of principles for evaluating Louisville’s existing public art and monuments. The work of the Committee, which was convened by the Mayor, is now concluded.
The Mayor will review the Committee’s report and consider next steps.
To read the Committee's report in its entirety, please click here.
The Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee is charged with developing a set of principles for evaluating Louisville’s existing public art and monuments. Committee members represent a range of disciplines and perspectives, including art, history, community building, business and political science.
The scope of work for the Committee for February through June 2018 will include:
- review processes, actions and outcomes employed by other cities;
- develop strategies to receive public input;
- work with Metro staff to gather and review historical research;
- consider public opinion, historical research and the multi-disciplinary perspectives of Committee members in developing principles; and
- produce a report outlining the Committee’s methods of inquiry and findings on the matter of establishing principles to guide decisions on whether to alter, preserve or remove public art and monuments.
The meeting schedule of the Committee is as follows:
- March 6, 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W Muhammad Ali Boulevard)
- April 12, 6 p.m. at the University of Louisville (111 Davidson Hall)
- April 14, 10:30 a.m. at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center (4101 Cadillac Court)
- May 18, 12 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library (7300 Jefferson Boulevard)
- June 5, 6 p.m. at the Main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (301 York Street)
June 27, 5 p.m. at the Main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (301 York Street)
The set of principles that the Committee is tasked with developing will acknowledge the complexities of Louisville’s past, as well as the values that matter to us today. They will be comprehensive, rather than specific to current controversies, and informed by the work of the city’s Commission on Public Art, Compassionate City initiatives, and Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force.
The Committee will consider the historical representation of our city’s existing public art and monuments and develop principles that aspire to make public spaces welcoming and reflective of our diverse community. The principles will guide the administration’s deliberation on whether to alter, to preserve or to remove public art and monuments that may be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery.
To see a list of the members of the Public Art & Monument Advisory Committee, please click here.
The following resources are being considered as reference materials by the Committee. Each report has a unique set of objectives and format and serves only as a sample document for reference.
- Report of the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming: Yale University
- Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers: New York City
- Report of the President's Advisory Committee on University History: University of Michigan
The work of the Committee will also be informed by:
Louisville Metro Government invites the public to participate in meetings and submit written comments about public art and monuments.
The public may submit written comments at a public meeting, through an online form or through the mail by sending your thoughts to Attn: Public Art, 444 S. 5th Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202, Suite 600.
To submit your comments through an online form, please click here.