Portland Arts Council votes to not restore Washington, Lincoln statues toppled in 2020 riots

The Regional Arts & Tradition Council Board of Administrators endorsed a advice 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: Tough Rider, Harvey Scott, and Promised Land. Metropolis officers have determined that Elk will return to downtown Portland.

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RACC’s Public Artwork Committee (PAC) made the advice to not return the 5 statues to their earlier places. The committee oversees and guides Public Artwork Program insurance policies for the choice, placement, and upkeep of artistic endeavors acquired via the P.c for Artwork Program and different public/non-public packages RACC manages, in response to a press launch. The committee is made up of artists, artwork directors and group stakeholders. 

The PAC advice is according to latest motion by the Portland Metropolis Council recommending new public artwork characterize extra various 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 homeowners don’t want to have it in that location anymore.

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The advice to not return these statues to their earlier places raises the query of what occurs subsequent. In accordance with RACC’s Public Artwork Program insurance policies, consideration of transferring the statues to a brand new dwelling or if they’re to stay within the public assortment are questions that require significant group engagement. 

The Board directed the RACC staff and PAC to come back 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.

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Group engagement and stakeholder enter are a part of the method. Observe this hyperlink to offer enter. 

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