About Maud Lyon

Name: Maud


Web Site: http://www.culturalalliancesemi.org/

Bio: Maud Lyon led the formation of the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan in 2007. It is a professional organization of arts and culture non-profit organizations in seven counties with 117 member organizations, from grassroots performing arts ensembles to major, national cultural attractions. The mission of the Cultural Alliance is to help its members to thrive and to be sustainable community assets, which is achieved through professional development programs, quarterly membership meetings, organizing collaborations, advocacy and marketing. One of the key goals is to increase individual philanthropy for arts and culture. In 2009, thanks to the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, the Cultural Alliance helped 75 of its member organizations to raise $4.92 million through an innovative on-line challenge program. The Cultural Alliance has also sponsored workshops to help members improve their capacity to attract and retain donors. Maud has been a leader of Detroit’s nonprofit community since 1990, first as Director of the Detroit Historical Museum and then as the Executive Director of Detroit 300, the celebration of the City of Detroit’s 300th Birthday in 2001, a regional effort that involved more than 3,000 businesses and nonprofits. Its legacy projects include the creation of the International Monument to the Underground Railroad and Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. In 2002-03 she served the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Senior Vice President for Community Relations. Her diverse background in both government and private sector and her extensive civic involvement is a critical component of the success of the Cultural Alliance.

Posts by Maud Lyon:

ARTSblog holds week-long Blog Salons, a series of posts by guest bloggers, that focus on an overarching theme within a core area of Americans for the Arts' work. Here are links to the most recent Salons:

Arts Education

Teaching Artists

Early Arts Education

Common Core Standards

Quality, Engagement & Partnerships

Emerging Leaders

Charting the Future of the Arts

Taking Communities to the Next Level

New Methods & Models

Public Art

Best Practices


Arts Marketing

Audience Engagement

Winning Audiences

Powered by Community

Animating Democracy

Arts & the Military

Scaling Up Programs & Projects

Social Impact & Evaluation

Humor & Social Change

Private Sector Initatives

Arts & Business Partnerships

Business Models in the Arts

Local Arts Agencies

Cultural Districts

Economic Development

Trends, Collaborations & Audiences

Art in Rural Communities

Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe talk about the state of the arts in America at Arts Advocacy Day 2012. The acclaimed actor and famed producer discuss arts education and what inspires them.