Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D - Honolulu, HI)
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann received the 2010 Award for Local Arts Leadership for creating opportunities to use the arts as a catalyst for economic development and community revitalization in Honolulu. “The arts are vital to our culture and our economy. They enrich our lives, stimulate our intellect, revitalize our neighborhoods, and make our world a better place. The arts are everywhere, throughout every city and town in the United States,” said Mayor Hannemann. “In Honolulu, we take great pride in our support for the arts, particularly given the diversity of our island community and the outstanding contributions that our many ethnic groups have made to culture and the arts. I unequivocally support full funding for arts and humanities agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Under his leadership, Honolulu has become a film and TV production hub for the state, generating more than half of the statewide production expenditures. Mayor Hannemann also successfully developed the ARTS at Marks Garage, in collaboration with the Hawaii State Arts Alliance. Since 2001, this arts enterprise zone in downtown Honolulu has provided arts opportunities to more than 30,000 people each year and an additional 1,000 local artists. Nationally, Mayor Hannemann is a steadfast advocate for the arts working on behalf the U.S. Conference of Mayors. During the recent presidential election, he succeeded in making tourism and the arts part of the Mayors’ 10-Point Plan for America’s Cities and participated in ArtsVote2008 events with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.