The United States Conference of Mayors: Celebrating 75 Years

Mayors To Serve as Advisors to the Mayors' Institute on City Design

Six mayors have been appointed to serve among thirty advisors to the Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD). The appointments include Boise Mayor Brent Coles, Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini, West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham, Macon Mayor Jim Marshall, Charleston (S.C.) Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. The Mayors' Institute is an initiative established by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1986 to improve the design and livability of American cities by helping mayors recognize the power of design to enhance city livability and to become champions of design in their own communities. The Mayors' Institute is carried out under the direction of the MICD Partnership, which includes the NEA, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the American Architectural Foundation.

Advisors to the Mayors' Institute represent mayors and design professionals who have participated in Mayors' Institute sessions, as well as leaders of allied organizations whose membership is engaged in efforts to create more livable communities. As advisors, the mayors will be called on to counsel the MICD Partnership on participants and activities and to serve as a conduit of information between the MICD and their constituencies.

To date, nearly 400 mayors have participated in sessions of the Mayors' Institute on City Design. These meetings take place six times each year, twice at the Institute's spiritual home at the University of Virginia and at four additional universities around the country. Institute sessions allow mayors an opportunity to obtain advice and insight into design and development issues in their own communities by conferring with an interdisciplinary team of prominent design and development professionals in a retreat setting with fewer than twenty participants. Together, participants discuss alternative design solutions and implementation strategies in a round table format that facilitates engagement and an understanding of complex issues. Mayors come away with more than design basics. According to Institute co-founder Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, SC, "Many become their community's most articulate and passionate spokespersons in the quest for beauty in their city."

For additional information on the Mayors' Institute on City Design, contact the MICD national office at (202) 463-1390.