Ignite Dallas, SMU
Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival). He is the inaugural Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose + Place at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Clyde was a 2015 Community + Culture Fellow of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.
Valentín has served as a consultant and panelist for Creative Capital, has worked with Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) on their leadership development programs, served as a consultant for the YouthSpeaks/Brave New Voices Leadership Cohort and is a Senior Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Touring Project (NTP). He is also on the Advisory Board of the Latino Theater Commons and serves on the Board of Theater Communications Group (TCG). He has presented at numerous conferences including the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and the National Performance Network’s (NPN) Annual Meeting, the Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) and for the Atlanta Regional Arts Fund. He is a member of AlternateROOTS, the regional service organization for Southern-based artists and organizations who focus on community engaged practices and social justice.