A Conversation with Outgoing Board Chair Abel Lopez

Posted by Dennis Barrett, Clare Sherlog, Dec 20, 2017 0 comments

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to speak with Abel Lopez, outgoing Chair of the Board of Directors at Americans for the Arts. As Chair since 2013, Abel has been an instrumental part of the growth of Americans for the Arts, particularly in sustaining leadership, developing goals as part of the organization’s most recent Strategic Plan, and spearheading the Statement on Cultural Equity.

Dennis and Clare with Abel Lopez.

In addition to his leadership with Americans for the Arts, Abel is also involved in the creative arts community as the Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre. He has directed productions at GALA, Horizons Theatre, DC Arts Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Source Theater, In Series, and other venues in Washington, D.C., and across the United States and the world.

In this interview, Abel talks about his history with Americans for the Arts, his experience as Chair, and his excitement for the future of Americans for the Arts and the nonprofit arts and cultural sector. Listen to the full audio recording below, or read the transcript of our conversation here.

Abel’s term as Chair of the Board concludes at the end of this calendar year, at which point Julie Muraco will assume responsibilities as the new Chair of the Board of Directors at Americans for the Arts. We are looking forward to continuing the conversation in an interview with Julie in the coming year.

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