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Friends of MICD,

Thank you for all the feedback we've received on our new "Talk with a Mayor" series at Common Edge. This week, I spoke with Mayor Christine Hunschofsky about serving as the "healer in chief" for Parkland, FL. No stranger to leading through crisis, Mayor Hunschofsky shared how she's keeping her community — and herself — strong these days.

Mayors: we see the tough decisions and sacrifices you are making for your cities and we are so grateful for your leadership. We've collected a few other resources and profiles of MICD alumni mayors below.

Trinity Simons
Executive Director
Mayors' Institute on City Design

Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky on leading through crisis and helping cities heal

A 2019 alumna of our program, Parkland, FL Mayor Christine Hunschofsky is a prominent national voice on crisis management and a fierce advocate for mental health. In light of COVID-19, she recently spoke with MICD Executive Director Trinity Simons about leadership during and after crisis, and how arts, design, parks, and public space can be tools to unite and heal. 

"I think in crisis, people are seeking out natural and peaceful places. And we know that while we may have times of crisis, people are all dealing with some kind of trauma in their lives. As a mayor, this moment drives home to me the importance of connecting all of those green and natural spaces, of giving people those places where they can 'pause' long after this is over." 

Read the article

Resources for mayors and designers

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been collecting operational best practices, examples of city guidelines, and other critical updates for city leaders.
COVID-19: What Mayors Need to Know
The National Endowment for the Arts is collecting news and resources for arts organizations, from loan guidance to navigating postponements and cancellations.
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Hear more from MICD alumni mayors

Mayors are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking decisive action to keep their communities safe while making personal sacrifices. Here are a few more in-depth profiles of MICD alumni mayors from recent days.

The Unenviable Position of a Southern Mayor
The Atlantic
Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Little Rock, AR

Living and Leading with COVID-19
Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami, FL

Governing in the Time of COVID-19
Common Edge
Mayor Jacob Day, Salisbury, MD

Conducting City Government on Zoom
Common Edge
Mayor Manny Cid, Miami Lakes, FL
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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