Mayor Greg Nickels (D - Seattle, WA)
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels received the 2009 Award for Local Arts Leadership for his dedicated arts leadership in the city. Upon taking office in 2002, Mayor Nickels reorganized the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs as an executive department within the mayor’s office and has appointed high-profile commissioners to lead the city’s vibrant arts community. And in 2008 he granted the Office a $1 million budget increase. He has also supported $18 million in City Capital Cultural Investments. A strong proponent of arts education, Mayor Nickels provided seed investment in a groundbreaking Arts Education Partnership Initiative with Seattle Public Schools to restore arts education in the classroom.