"Thousands of New Yorkers got involved in this process, and there's been an important conversation going on across the city," said Mayor de Blasio. "Reckoning with our collective histories is a complicated undertaking with no easy solution. Our approach will focus on adding detail and nuance to – instead of removing entirely – the representations of these histories. And we'll be taking a hard look at who has been left out and seeing where we can add new work to ensure our public spaces reflect the diversity and values of our great city."
- Mayor Bill de Blasio
Announced in September 2017, the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers convened to advise the Mayor on issues surrounding public art and historic monuments and markers on City-owned property. The Commission was co-chaired by the President of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, and the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl. This page includes the Commission findings and recommendations as well as public feedback received throughout the Commission’s process.
The Commission met over the course of 90 days to enthusiastically debate and discuss monuments and markers on City-owned land. In addition, they heard from thousands of passionate New Yorkers online and in-person. The Commission presents the following Report to the City of New York, including recommendations for general policy and specific existing monuments.