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.