City Accepting Ideas for Rizzo Statue’s Future

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2017
Published By: Office of the Mayor
Contact: Lauren Hitt, (215) 686-6210, lauren.hitt@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA- In response to recent conversations about the statue of former mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is asking the public to share their ideas for its future. The window for submissions will close on September 15 at 5PM.

Diverse representatives from the City’s Office of Arts Culture and Creative Economy, Department of Public Property, Managing Director’s Office, Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s Office will review the public’s submissions. The purpose of this process is not to take an opinion poll on the statue’s current location, but to look for the best ideas from the public for the statute’s future.

After reviewing the public’s submissions, the Administration will decide in late September whether or not  to initiate the City’s policy for removing, relocating or deaccessioning public art.  This policy requires the Kenney administration to provide the artist with a 30 day notice period. At the conclusion of the notice period, the Art Commission would call a public hearing to vote on the City’s proposal. There will be opportunity for public testimony before the Art Commission.

Anyone interested in submitting ideas is encouraged to submit online.  Ideas can also be mailed or submitted in person to:

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Ideas for Rizzo’s Future
City of Philadelphia
116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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