Process announced for identifying public art, monuments that could be seen as honoring bigotry, racism, slavery

August 18, 2017

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the process to identify public artworks and monuments that could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery.

The Commission on Public Art (COPA) will begin the identification process, which is expected to take several weeks. COPA will meet on September 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Jail Auditorium (514 W. Liberty) to review and to discuss public art that it believes merits further discussion and analysis. The public will have an opportunity to speak during a portion of the meeting.

Following this meeting and COPA’s identification process, the city will schedule and lead a series of education and public engagement sessions to gather further input from the community. Any decisions about the future of these artworks and monuments will be determined after this process.

The city’s public art and monuments are those in the public right of way, housed in public buildings or on public property. Public Art’s searchable database and inventory list can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-art/explore-public-art

“We need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints to broaden our community’s collective conscience and depth of understanding of our history and our varying viewpoints,” the Mayor said.  “I look forward to the review and the community dialogue that will follow, and I want to thank members of the Commission on Public Art for their commitment and expertise in identifying the objects for discussion as we begin this valuable conversation for our city.”

Citizens can already submit their thoughts online (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-art/public-art-review) and through Develop Louisville Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Written comments can also be mailed to Commission on Public Art, 444 S. 5th Street, Suite 600, Louisville, KY 40202.