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Task Forces on Commemorative Works

Meetings of the Public Engagement and Decision Process Task Forces have begun. You are invited to view the meetings and submit your input below. 

Background information regarding the establishment of these task forces can be found under the meetings and members lists below.

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Decision Process

The Decision Process Task Force will conduct a comprehensive review of CAAPB policies and procedures that relate to the addition, alteration, or removal of monuments, memorials, and works of art on the Capitol grounds and in the State Capitol. The Task Force will provide recommendations in the form of a report to the CAAPB on how to best develop a decision-making process regarding the addition, alteration, or removal of monuments, memorials, and works of art on the Capitol grounds and in the State Capitol.

Past Meetings

Part 1: Monday, May 10 (10am-noon) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 2: Tuesday, May 11 (3pm-5pm) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 1: Thursday, March 4 (1pm-3pm) | Live Stream | Agenda

Part 2: Friday, March 5 (11am–1pm) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 1: Monday, January 11 (11am-1pm) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 2: Tuesday, January 12, (3pm-5pm) |  Live Stream | Agenda
Part 1: Tues., Dec 8, 2020 (3pm) | Live Stream | Agenda 
Part 2: Wed., Dec 9, 2020 (10am) | Live Stream  | Agenda
Part 1: Tues., Oct 27, 2020 (10am) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 2: Wed., Oct 28, 2020 (1pm) | Live Stream  | Agenda


Chair: Dr. Gwen Westerman
Jason Adkins
Dana Badgerow  
Dr. Kate Beane 
Auditor Julie Blaha
Lindsey Dyer
Jessica Intermill
Dr. Eric Jolly
Jennifer Jones
Tish Jones
Representative Fue Lee
Senator Carla Nelson  
Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis
Daniel Yang

Public Engagement

The Public Engagement Task Force will create space for members of the public to share experiences about what the Capitol means to them and feedback on the monuments, memorials, and works of art on the Capitol grounds and in the interior of the State Capitol. The Task Force will also address how the CAAPB can ensure proactive and meaningful public engagement in its decisions.

Public Survey

The Public Engagement Task Force has released the Public Engagement Advisory Task Force Outreach and Engagement Survey to gather input from the public about the Capitol experience and commemorative works on the Capitol Mall and in the Capitol Building. Please take the survey, and share it widely in your networks. The survey is available in five languages: English, Somali (Somalia), Espanol, Hmoob and Arabic.  

Share Your Views

  • Online Survey
  • Email:*
  • Mail: c/o CAAPB Staff, 204 Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55155*

    * Note: Your Name, Email and Zip code are required when submitting input.

Upcoming Meetings

The Public Engagement Task Force is presently working in subcommittees and has not scheduled another full meeting. 

Past Meetings

Part 1: Tues., Nov. 30, 2020 (1 pm) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 2: Wed., Dec 2, 2020 (10 am) | Live Stream  | Agenda
Part 1: Tues., Oct 20, 2020 (3 pm) | Live Stream | Agenda
Part 2: Thurs., Oct 22, 2020 (3 pm) | Live Stream | Agenda  


Chair: Carl Crawford
Alicia Belton
Gita Ghei
Amy Koch
Ted Lentz
Ka Oskar Ly
Associate Justice Anne McKeig
Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges
Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis
Dr. Angel Smith
Mayor Tom Stiehm  
Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Representative Dean Urdahl
Christina Woods

Background Information

The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) is conducting a series of meetings focused on establishing a proactive, transparent, and public process to evaluate the monuments and artwork displayed on the Capitol Grounds, aside from MN Statute 15B.08, Subd. 3, there is no formal CAAPB process that addresses the potential removal of monuments and artwork from the Capitol grounds.

The first meeting, held virtually on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00pm, focused on clarifying the existing statutory responsibilities of the CAAPB in order to provide a shared understanding of jurisdictional authority moving forward. Future meetings will establish a process by which artwork displayed on the Capitol Grounds might be evaluated for potential alteration, re-interpretation, relocation, or removal.

“We are in a moment when we need to have real conversations about the symbols and imagery that are in these public spaces and who makes those decisions,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “It is our job to create a space for those conversations. As Chair of the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, I am excited to engage in a proactive, transparent, and public process where Minnesotans can be heard.”

“As the Executive Secretary for the CAAPB Board since 2014, and with the Board staff since 1987, I have seen changes - and many additions - all made to enhance the visitor experience of the Capitol and Capitol Mall. Changes to existing artwork in the Capitol Building have come about in direct response to a formal request from groups of Minnesotans. Other changes were made through thoughtful actions of not just the CAAPB and Minnesota Historical Society but the Capitol Preservation Commission during the recently completed restoration of the Capitol Building.”

“The events of the last few weeks have highlighted the importance of memorials in public memory and history,” said Kent Whitworth, CEO and director of the Minnesota Historical Society. “We know that statues and monuments symbolize and represent different ideas to different people and in the coming days, MNHS will be offering opportunities for learning and community conversation on this important topic.” 

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