Mayor Oscar Goodman (D - Las Vegas, NV)

Local Arts Leadership

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was presented with the 2008 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for Local Arts Leadership for championing the arts as a means to spurring downtown revitalization. Mayor Goodman ordered suspension and rewriting of city zoning ordinances which previously prevented artist live/work sites downtown. He also put forth a city Percent for the Arts ordinance and used his influence to make it law. Today, one percent of the city’s capital construction budget is spent on art, a stunning advance in a state which rarely supports taxes and government expenditures.