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A leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors


2023 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship

Date: TBD

The next MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship will take place in 2023.

The 2022 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship helped 8 mayors navigate a just and equitable recovery from the pandemic, providing actionable ideas for city leaders rising to meet this moment of change. Building on the inaugural Fellowship, this program explored ways to create lasting, transformational impacts from new federal funding streams such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

The inaugural 2020 Fellowship used the MICD model to bring together 7 mayors and a group of design experts to directly tackle racial injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions. As COVID-19 brought disproportionate harm to the health and economic well-being of Black residents and the national protests around policing and public safety affecting African-Americans continued, this program focused on planning and design solutions for the neighborhoods where these injustices played out. During the program, each mayor selected a neighborhood in their city that had historically seen under-investment and received expert feedback on applying the language and tactics of racial justice to the neighborhood’s future.