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

MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship

Date: Spring 2022

The 2022 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship, a program of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in partnership with the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will take place in Spring 2022. This unique and highly interactive program brings together a small group of mayors to directly tackle racial injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions.

Seven mayors took part in the inaugural Fellowship in Fall 2020, as COVID-19 brought disproportionate harm to the health and economic well-being of Black residents and national protests around policing and public safety continued. The 2022 Fellowship continues this focus on planning and design solutions for the neighborhoods where these injustices play out.

Throughout the program, mayors will discover methods of identifying and engaging multi-sector coalitions oriented towards these goals and will be introduced to emerging best practices in the design of places and processes that promote urban justice. The program will include lectures from design scholars and professionals and facilitated workshops guiding mayors through the process of creating a language to discuss their future just cities. Throughout the fellowship, the mayors will construct a manifesto of actionable, context-specific strategies to yield these results. Mayors will also explore how new funding streams such as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) can be used to launch transformational projects infused with justice ideals.

The program is expected to follow a hybrid in-person and virtual format between February and May of 2022. Interested mayors may submit an expression of interest form through Monday, November 15 to be considered for this program.

Click here to read more about the 2022 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship.

Click here to read more about the inaugural class of 2020 Fellows.