Creative Santa Fe is proud to partner with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department to bring Clayton Lord, Vice President of Strategic Impact at American for the Arts (AFTA) to Santa Fe. His public talk, A Vibrant Community Has Culture At the Core, will address the social and economic impact of the arts and creativity in communities across the U.S. and how the arts are creating a new generation of community leaders. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with key arts leaders in our community. In his role at AFTA, Clayton oversees initiatives focused on cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion, including the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, the organization’s ongoing work around cultural equity, equity in arts leadership, and arts-based community development. Clayton also led the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts in American communities.
This event launches Creative Santa Fe’s Future of Leadership: Disruptive Futures Dialogue, a series of events exploring how creativity is a fundamental problem-solving tool for the leaders of tomorrow. This and other events will identify best practices and opportunities for leveraging creativity, innovation, and the arts to create economic sustainability and success in our region.