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Friends of MICD,

While our in-person gatherings are temporarily on hold, we're thrilled to announce three new partners in bringing design assistance to leaders around the country: the University of Hawaii, Iowa State University, and Tulane University. Once it's safe to do so, each institution will host a 2.5-day MICD gathering with eight mayors and eight design professionals.

The value of good design, social infrastructure, and a well-planned public realm has never been more clear. We look forward to working with these teams to help our cities thrive.

Trinity Simons
Executive Director
Mayors' Institute on City Design

University of Hawaii, Iowa State, and Tulane to host 2020 regional MICD sessions


We're pleased to announce the University of Hawaii Community Design Center, Iowa State University College of Design, and Tulane School of Architecture as the three hosts of MICD's regional sessions in 2020. All three institutions have an outstanding history of engaging the public and using design to strengthen communities. MICD looks forward to working with these universities to bring expert design assistance to mayors across the country.

The three hosts were selected through a competitive RFQ process, during which they stood out from a group of exceptional applicants. Each institution will host one 2.5-day session using the MICD model. At these sessions, eight mayors and a team of eight interdisciplinary design professionals will convene to share ideas and find solutions to the most pressing design and development challenges faced by each mayor. The interchange among the mayors and design professionals sparks a lively debate, opens new perspectives, and generates creative ideas.

Read the press release >>

Resources for cities responding to the COVID-19 crisis

We've been compiling a list of design-related webinars, tools, and resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Know of a resource that should be added to the list? Let us know at

Here are a few of the resources we've compiled:

COVID-19: What Mayors Need to Know
United States Conference of Mayors

Operational best practices, examples of city guidelines, and other critical updates for city leaders

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts

News and resources for arts organizations, from loan guidance to navigating postponements and cancellations

How Transit Agencies are Responding to the COVID-19 Public Health Threat

Roundup of how U.S. transit agencies are approaching short-term and long-term challenges

What Cities are Doing to Stall Evictions and Foreclosures

How city leaders are halting evictions, utility shut-offs, foreclosures during the crisis
Visit our COVID-19 resources page >>
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
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