Meet the Local Arts Advancement Team
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Clayton Lord is the vice president of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts, where he oversees field education, capacity development and cohort building for local arts administrators and advocates in 5,000 communities across the United States. At Americans for the Arts, the local arts advancement department aims to empower, educate, and support local arts leaders, public artists and arts administrators, emerging, mid-career, and executive leaders throughout the arts sector, arts marketers, and artist-activists as they work to be constantly relevant and transformative in the lives of American citizens and communities. Lord shepherded the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and local arts agencies in American communities, and now oversees the organization’s initiatives around the social impact of the arts, as well as ongoing initiatives around cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the public value of the arts, and has written for ArtsLink, ARTSblog, Theatre Bay Area magazine, Stage Directions, InDance, The Voice, ArtsJournal, ArtsMarketing.org and others. He has edited and contributed to three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the Arts; Arts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992, the 2017 publication Baseline Demographic Survey of the Local Arts Field, and forthcoming work exploring the ways the arts can bolster research, communications, and advocacy efforts related to the social impacts of the arts on communities to increase impact, perceived value, and funding. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.