The Regional Arts & Culture Council Board of Directors endorsed a suggestion Wednesday that toppled and eliminated monuments not be returned to their earlier places and to tell town of Portland, Oregon.

The statues embrace: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Rider, Harvey Scott, and Promised Land. City officers have determined that Elk will return to downtown Portland.

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RACC’s Public Art Committee (PAC) made the advice to not return the 5 statues to their earlier places. The committee oversees and guides Public Art Program insurance policies for the choice, placement, and upkeep of artworks acquired via the Percent for Art Program and different public/non-public applications RACC manages, in accordance with a press release. The committee is made up of artists, artwork directors and neighborhood stakeholders. 

The PAC suggestion is in line with latest motion by the Portland City Council recommending new public artwork symbolize extra numerous cultural identities and histories for the South Park Blocks. The George Washington statue can’t be returned to its former web site as that web site is privately owned and the house owners don’t want to have it in that location anymore.

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The suggestion to not return these statues to their earlier places raises the query of what occurs subsequent. According to RACC’s Public Art Program insurance policies, consideration of transferring the statues to a brand new residence or if they’re to stay within the public assortment are questions that require significant neighborhood engagement. 

The Board directed the RACC workforce and PAC to return again to them at a gathering in October with a course of for partaking stakeholders in a dialog about what occurs subsequent with every statue.

Community engagement and stakeholder enter are a part of the method. Follow this link to supply enter.