Applications for the Audit Researcher were accepted through January 27, 2023.

Advisory Committee nominations were taken through January 6, 2023.

The Audit Researcher and Advisory Committee positions will be filled in the coming weeks.

About The Audit:

In 2020, the Department of City Planning launched an audit to identify inequity and bias within the City's permanent collection. This audit resulted from public discussion and subsequent City action around statues in the City's collection which were removed and/or concealed from public display following decisions by the Art Commission. Issues of equity and representation were present in prior City conversations, but impassioned and intense discourse in these instances led to a reactive approach from the City, leaving little room for well-developed and community-informed action plans. A prepared and proactive approach will allow the City to facilitate meaningful dialogue and leave space for communities to determine future policy regarding what is represented in public space.

About The Process:

Phase One (2020 - 2021)

The Department of City Planning convened a small group of volunteers to identify pieces in the collection with an immediate need for evaluation (pieces that present a clear and dominant narrative told at the expense of other groups). The discussion and research outcomes of phase one identified the need for:

  • A dedicated researcher to create the City process and conduct the full collection review
  • An advisory committee composed of thoughtful and diverse voices to guide the overall analysis and ensure representation of the City's current and historic communities

Phase Two (2022 - 2023)

In preparation for Phase 2, the City reached out to vital community partners and laid the groundwork for releasing the calls for a Researcher and the Advisory Committee. These searches have been completed and will be announced soon. Once these roles are in place, the collection will be audited in its entirety, and objects that warrant assessment and decision-making will be reviewed.

Phase Three (Mid 2023)

Once the work of the Researcher and the Advisory Committee is complete, Phase 3 will engage communities to understand their feelings and perceptions of objects in the public realm. These listening sessions and conversations will guide the development of the City's approach to caring for and presenting the current collection and future additions to it.

About The Collection:

The City of Pittsburgh’s Public History, Art, & Design Division maintains and preserves the City-owned collection of monuments, memorials, and works of historical and modern art. The inventory is an evolving document that is continually updated as the collection grows and changes. The most recent collection inventory was released in September 2022. View the collection here:

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