Clyde Valentín

Director, Ignite/Arts Dallas: People, Purpose & Place, SMU Meadows School of Art


Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the Cofounder and former Executive Director of Hi-ARTS (the Hip-Hop Theater Festival). He is the inaugural Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas: People, Purpose & Place, the community engagement initiative at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, whose mission is to challenge the imaginations of students and citizens to envision more just and vibrant communities through art and culture experiences. Clyde was a 2015 Community + Culture Fellow of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. He is an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and has served as a consultant/panelist for many national arts organizations. He most recently joined the Board of Texans for the Arts, the state advocacy group for public funding in the Arts.