#MonumentalWomen ~ Coming to Central Park

 

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc. (The Statue Fund) is commissioning and endowing a monument in Central Park honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, pioneers in the battle for Woman Suffrage and the movement for women’s rights, scheduled for installation in 2020.

On November 6, 2017, The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund released a combined Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting professional sculptors to participate in a sculpture competition for a Woman Suffrage Movement Monument to be located in Central Park at The Mall on the Literary Walk.

The creation of this monument will highlight women’s contributions in the history of this city, state, and nation.  It will be visible to the 42 million people who visit Central Park each year.  The monument will be contextually based on a figurative piece featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, along with the Woman Suffrage and Rights movement, and a tribute to Stanton and Anthony as women’s rights leaders, who advanced the cause of Woman Suffrage.

Of the nearly 30 commemorative monuments currently in Central Park, none commemorate a woman, and only 4 out of 85 monuments celebrate women within the entire city parks system. This will be the first new monument in Central Park since 1965.

This project is supported by both public and private gifts. It includes a $500,000 grant from New York Life, $100,000 in funding from Borough President Gale Brewer’s office, and $35,000 in funding from City Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Funds will also come from two Girl Scout Troops through cookie sales.  Public donations are welcomed.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. (the Statue Fund) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in Central Park.  Semi-finalists from the RFQ/RFP will be chosen on February 14, 2018.  The semi-finalists will submit their final presentations to the jury in June, and the finalist will be announced in the summer of 2018.  The jury panel members include Dr. Jennifer Chi (deputy director and chief curator, Brooklyn Museum), Kinshasa Holman Conwill (deputy director, National Museum of African American History), Pam Elam (president, Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund), Amy Freitag (executive director, JM Kaplan Foundation), Coline Jenkins (vice President, Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great, great, granddaughter), Elizabeth Sackler (founder, Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum), Dr. Harriet F. Senie (director, Art History, Art Museum Studies Program, The City College), and NYC Park Commissioner, Mitchel J. Silver, FAICP.

Anticipated installation will take place in 2020, on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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And what do NYC’s current monuments have to say? Check out NYC Talking Statues.

 

 

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