Dr. Matthew Hinsley was trained as a classical guitarist and vocalist at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. Beyond performing and scholarly pursuits, Dr. Hinsley has cultivated two primary professional interests: 1) to enhance the way young classical guitarists are trained in America and 2) to transform the way arts organizations serve our diverse communities.
Named Public Citizen of the Year in 2017 by the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and winner of a 2015 Austin Under 40 Award in the Arts & Entertainment Category, Dr. Matthew Hinsley has cultivated his interest in developing nonprofit arts organizations based on the belief that great art holds the potential to provide tremendous benefits for all members of our society. Arts organizations are the entities that support art and artists and connect our communities to the power of great art be it through museum exhibits, concerts and theatrical performances, special programming for underserved communities, or educational services. Only where there are great arts organizations, are there are great artistic communities and philanthropic support for the arts. Dr. Hinsley believes that the key to enhancing our culture through art, and increasing the relevance of great art in our society, rests firmly with developing strength and best practices in our arts organizations.