Beyond Sims: Artist Selection Panel

Beyond Sims: Artist Selection PanelThe Committee to Empower Voices for Healing and Equity Invites you to An Artist Selection Panel:

Saturday, February 23rd
11:00am – 2:00pm (doors open at 10:30 am)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
American Negro Theatre
515 Malcolm X Boulevard @ 135th Street


Following years of community activism, in April 2018 the City removed the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from Central Park East. Sims was a physician who gained fame in Western medicine for his experiments on enslaved African-American women. The Committee to Empower Voices for Healing and Equity was formed to move forward the process of commissioning a new artwork for the site by the end of 2020.

Join us for the artist selection panel to narrow down our pool of applicants to a select few artists and/ or artist collectives who will be invited to submit proposals. This is an opportunity to meet members of the Steering Committee and to make your voice heard in the artist selection process. Feedback from the community throughout the selection process is essential as we collaborate on commissioning a new monument that helps us to heal and move beyond this painful legacy.

Main entrance fully accessible. For further information on accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact our Disability Service Facilitator at or (212) 513-9376

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Directions: Take the 2 or 3 train (or take the M102 or M7 bus.) to 135th and Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Avenue.

Steering Committee represented Organizations:

El Museo del Barrio
The New York Academy of Medicine
Community Board 11
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
NYC Parks Department
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Coalition to Remove the Dr. Sims Statue
Councilmember Diana Ayala’s Office
Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem Preservation