Sinéad LópezProgram Associate, Thriving Cultures – With Surdna Since March 2017

Sinéad López is the Program Associate for Thriving Cultures at the Surdna Foundation. In this role, she supports her team in the implementation of grantmaking strategies that catalyze the creation of just and sustainable communities.

Sinéad’s engagement with the arts spans many years of dedicated collaboration with artists, curators, and cultural institutions. Prior to Surdna, Sinéad served as the Development Assistant at Ballet Hispánico, a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. Previously, she played an active role in building community through the arts on Northwestern University’s campus in Evanston, IL. Most notably during her undergraduate career there, she co-directed the Dittmar Memorial Gallery, where she led efforts to present work by emerging and underrepresented artists from the region, and served as a research assistant and student curator at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Off campus, Sinéad conducted research on the intersection of art, migration, and democracy in consultation with an exhibition team at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., through the Smithsonian Institution’s Katzenberger Art History Internship Program. Her previous work in the arts also includes an internship at contemporary artist Tim Bavington’s studio and teaching experience as an art instructor with Art Classes for Kids in her hometown, Las Vegas, NV.

Sinéad received a B.A. with honors in Art History from Northwestern University, where she was a Kaplan Humanities Scholar and member of the Creative Writing Program.

Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.