Lightning Round: Social Impact Showcase

Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Catch a new Lightning Round devoted to showcasing and discussing new tools, materials, and research related to social impact advocacy arguments for arts and culture! Moderated by Regina Smith of the Kresge Foundation, this session will give you insight into how this part of the field continues to evolve, and how you can take advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about Americans for the Arts' new Social Impact Explorer, a free online tool designed to make it quick and easy to see the impact the arts have on other sectors.
  2. Hear about leading research work in the arena of social impact and how it is starting to inform communities and practices.
  3. See concrete information and advocacy materials crafted by local arts agencies to tell the social impact story of the arts.

Presentation Slides


Tatiana Hernandez
Senior Program Officer
The Kresge Foundation
Troy, Michigan

Tatiana Hernandez serves as Senior Program Officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program. She helps advance the program’s goal of Creative Placemaking -  integrating arts, culture and community-engaged design into community development and planning. Her responsibilities include reviewing grant requests, making recommendations for funding and managing a portfolio of grants. She joined the foundation in 2018. Previously she served as arts director at Hemera Foundation and as program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where she managed the foundation’s national arts program including the Knight Arts Challenge.

Prior to her work in philanthropy, she led college access programs for youth in South Los Angeles. She has also worked with people with intellectual disabilities and on issues of climate change.

A long-time resident of Miami, Florida, she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

She currently serves on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts and previously served on the boards of the Gard Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Machine Project and BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational). She is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund.

Clayton Lord
Vice President of Local Arts Advancement
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Clayton Lord is the vice president of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts, where he oversees advocacy, capacity development and cohort building for local arts administrators and advocates in 5,000 communities across the United States. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lord served for five years as the director of communications and audience development for Theatre Bay Area. 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 shepherds 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 Americans for the Arts’ ongoing initiatives around cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and the Executive Leadership Forum at Sundance. 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, 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 and is working on the forthcoming New Community Visions: A Blueprint for 21st Century Arts-Based Community Development, due out in 2017. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.

Sarah Sidman
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Communications
Seattle, Washington

Sarah Sidman is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Communications for ArtsFund, a Puget Sound nonprofit with the mission of strengthening the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making.  She recently oversaw the design, execution and roll-out for ArtsFund's regional Economic Impact Study of the arts, and is underway doing the same with a county-wide Social Impact Study.   With more than 20 years multi-disciplinary experience in the arts and nonprofit sectors, she has an extensive background in engaging diverse communities with cross-cultural arts programming and outreach, both domestic and international. Sarah is a graduate of Harvard University and a former candidate on the Fulbright Specialist’s Roster.

Gary P. Steuer
President | CEO
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Denver, Colorado

Gary Steuer has headed Denver, Colorado’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation since October 2013. He oversees the foundation’s $3 million in annual grantmaking to arts and culture in the Denver area. From 2008-2013 he was the Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, directing the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Before that, Mr. Steuer was the Vice President for Private-Sector Affairs at Americans for the Arts, advancing foundation, corporate and individual philanthropy for the arts nationally. He served for ten years as the President and CEO of the national Arts & Business Council Inc. before and during its merger with Americans for the Arts. He has also been active in speaking and writing about cultural philanthropy and policy issues.

Maud M. Lyon
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Maud Lyon leads the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, an advocacy organization that supports arts and culture in five counties through research, marketing, and professional support for nonprofits. The Alliance has 450 member organizations, from history to science to horticulture to visual and performing arts, representing grassroots organizations and major cultural institutions in five counties of Pennsylvania and northern Delaware and southern New Jersey. The Alliance’s work centers upon advocacy, bringing resources to arts and culture; and audience engagement, connecting the public to opportunities for learning, creativity, social interaction and discovery at museums, performing arts, community art centers and many other forms of arts and culture. Increasing diversity and equity in arts and culture is a major initiative, to make arts and culture organizations more inclusive and to support greater appreciation for diversity for the public.