Who are the “Arts” Mayors?

Posted by Jay H. Dick, Feb 25, 2016 2 comments

Recently, I was in Orlando to re-present the Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Award to Mayor Buddy Dyer.  I was joined by over 50 local arts organizations to honor the mayor for making the arts a central part of his administration.  Under Mayor Dyer’s leadership, last year Orlando opened its new $500 million, 333,000 square-foot performing arts center.  Additionally, each year, Mayor Dyer commits more than $1.8 million of the city’s budget to local arts organizations and he has expanded the city’s public art program.   This award is part of a series that Americans for the Arts presents along with our various public sector partner organizations over the year to elected officials at every level of government. 

While in the Mayor’s office prior to the award ceremony I noticed a painting on the wall that was signed “Mayor.”   It turns out, it was painted by Mayor Dyer and donated to the city’s public art collection.  The painting is titled: Lake Eola Without Cows. 

This got me thinking.  When we normally talk about an “arts mayor,” we generally mean someone who values the arts and makes them a central part of their administration – like Mayor Dyer.

But, who are those mayors that are actually artists?  Either amateur or professional?

So, let’s find out!   Please leave a comment letting me know who your mayor is, along with their art form and if possible, a sample of their art.  I will compile a list and share it back with the readers of this blog.

2 responses for Who are the “Arts” Mayors?


Mr. Scott Watson says
February 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

The City of Charleston, South Carolina has a new mayor for the first time in 40 years, and he's a jazz pianist. Meet Mayor John Tecklenburg, who last Saturday night sat in with our Charleston Jazz Orchestra: http://jazzartistsofcharleston.org/video-mayor-tecklenburg-rehearses-wit... (our former Mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was no slouch himself and is a 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient).

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February 29, 2016 at 11:37 am

Scott - Mayor Teckleburg was suppose to play the piano for the Mayor's Arts Breakfast, but due to a snow storm, had to leave early.  Looking forward to seeing him perform some time soon!

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