Report: Public Engagement with Portland's Monuments and Memorials

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The report from a committee convened by Lewis & Clark College includes recommendations for how the City should evaluate current and future monuments.
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In January 2023, the City Arts Program initiated a partnership with Lewis & Clark College to convene a planning committee to provide recommendations for a thorough and inclusive process to decide the future of monuments in the City.    

The City Arts Program is excited to share the report, “Public Engagement with Portland's Monuments and Memorials,” with the public. This report provides recommendations for how the City should go about engaging the community to make decisions about its public art monuments – including those that were toppled and removed in the summer of 2020, as well as guidelines for considering new monuments in the future. 

We are extremely grateful to Lewis & Clark College and the Portland’s Monument Engagement Process Committee members for their steadfast work and partnership. 

Cover of the report, "Public Engagement with Portland's Monuments and Memorials"

“This report is the culmination of nearly five months of collective discussion, outreach, research, and contemplation by committed Portland citizens. Our committee members bring perspectives from psychology, art, education, history, urban planning, Black studies, rhetoric and media studies, historic preservation, and cultural resource planning. We are also parents, community members, teachers, and learners. Although our perspectives are diverse, we each agree that monuments and public art have the capacity to transform our shared spaces, generating dynamic and necessary conversations about where we have been and where we are going as a country, a city, and in local communities. We are deeply invested in the stirring conversations we have had, the ideas we are sharing, and the hope we bring to the future of monuments and public art in our beloved city.”  

--From the Introduction

To view and download the report, visit portland.gov/omf/arts-program/documents/public-engagement-portlands-monuments-and-memorials-report.

Please be sure to subscribe the City Arts Program’s newsletter to stay up to date regarding next steps and community engagement opportunities and other related efforts related to the Portland Monuments Project. 

Contact

Stephan Herrera

City Arts Policy Advisor & Council Liaison