City of Providence

Ordinance
27186

Ordinance for Special Committee on Commemorative Works

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Department:Office of the City CouncilSponsors:Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller, Councilwoman Helen D. Anthony, Councilwoman Katherine A. Kerwin, Councilman David A. Salvatore, Councilman James E. Taylor
Category:*Ordinance

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An Ordinance in Amendment of Article XXII of Chapter II, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence, Entitled: “Administration,” Amending Section 2-358.

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AN ORDINANCE IN AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE XXII OF CHAPTER II, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE, ENTITLED: “ADMINISTRATION,” AMENDING SECTION 2-358

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SECTION 1: Chapter II, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Providence, entitled is hereby amended as follows:

 

Sec. 2-358 Reserved Special Committee for Commemorative Works

 

(a)              Definitions.

 

Commemorative work is defined as a monument, memorial, marker, and other similar permanent (intended to last for at least two years) structures and installations intended to express or reflect the collective memory of an individual, group, or event and which are accepted by the City and installed or located on City property with City permission. Collective works exclude works of public art.

 

(b)              There is hereby established within the City of Providence a Special Committee for Commemorative Works (the “committee”) whose charge shall be to evaluate applications by the public for the creation of a new commemorative work or the modification, relocation, or deaccession of an existing commemorative work. The committee’s role is advisory only.

 

1.              The committee shall consist of the following seven (7) members: one (1) member appointed by the City Council, one (1) member appointed by the Mayor, one (1) member appointed by the Art in City Life Commission, two (2) members appointed on an ad hoc and temporary basis by the Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism. The final two positions shall be filled by the Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism and the City Archivist, or their designees, both of whom shall serve in ex-officio capacities only and may not vote. The Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism and the City Archivist shall provide support for the rest of the committee.

 

2.              Each appointed member shall serve a three (3) year term and may be reappointed an unlimited number of times.

 

3.              Each ad hoc member shall serve for so long as the Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism requires. Each ad hoc member shall be chosen in order to provide topic-specific guidance regarding commemorative works presented for evaluation to the committee, but may vote on any and all applications submitted to the committee for review while the ad hoc member’s membership in the committee is active.

 

(c)              The Director of the Department Art, Culture, and Tourism shall promulgate a process by which any individual may submit an application for review by the committee. The process shall also outline criteria to be followed by the committee.

 

(d)             
The City Archivist shall prepare a 2-3 page brief for each commemorative work under review by the committee. The brief shall provide an impartial account of the development of the commemorative work including its historical and contemporary context. Further guidelines for the briefs brief shall be developed by the Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism.

 

(e)              The committee shall meet no fewer than two (2) times per year to evaluate applications consistent with the review process developed by the Director of the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism. A public hearing where public comment may be made by any individual shall be held for every commemorative work considered by the committee.

 

Section 2: This Ordinance Shall Take Effect Upon Passage.