The Pittsburgh Art Commission has decided that a Special Hearing will be held 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.

To register public comment, please fill out the survey below. 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 will be 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 will be entered into the public testimony for the Art Commission hearing on September 23.



The Special Hearing for the Christopher Columbus statue will be on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m.

This meeting will be hosted on Zoom. To join the Special Hearing, use the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84678227184 or call by phone +1 301 715 8592 and use webinar ID 846 7822 7184.

More information on this Special Hearing can be found in the press release and on the Virtual Art Commission page.