The Pittsburgh Art Commission held a Special Hearing on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to consider whether to remove, replace, or alter the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park, or if no action should be taken. More information on this Special Hearing can be found in the press release and on the Virtual Art Commission page.

Public comment was taken by survey on this page. All comments will be made public record. Commenters are asked to choose one of the following four options for the statue:

  1. No Action
  2. Remove
  3. Replace
  4. Alter

Commenters may also leave an optional written statement of no more than 250 words (1500 characters).

Statements may also be given in either of the following ways:

  • Send a letter to 200 Ross St., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Mail must be received by Tuesday, September 15 to be incorporated into Special Hearing correspondence.
  • Email pacd@pittsburghpa.gov. Emails must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 to be incorporated into Special Hearing correspondence. Please include your name and place of residence.

Each person will have one statement and preference of outcome (No Action, Remove, Replace, or Alter) counted in the official tally. If you have submitted comments in previous Art Commission meetings, by written correspondence, or on Engage PGH, that testimony is in the record already.

Comments received on Engage PGH by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 were entered into the public testimony for the hearing on September 17.

Comments received from 5:01 p.m. on September 16 until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22 were entered into the public testimony for the Art Commission hearing on September 23.