Teaching and learning are central to Amy’s creative process, research, and social practice. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes praxis — the union between critical thinking and action. She has expertise in curriculum development, civically engaged research, and community partnerships. Amy is committed to mentoring the next generation of arts leaders, and has guided emerging professionals through successful graduate and undergraduate level capstone projects. Her teaching practice is informed by decades mentoring artists, arts managers, teachers, and youth. She has taught extensively in universities, public schools, community spaces, online, and in the juvenile justice system.
Amy is the Head of Arts Management for Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) at the Claremont Graduate University. She works to foster a globally connected and locally engaged learning community. In this role, she has oversight of the comprehensive arts management curriculum, mentors students, offers professional development for faculty, and collaborates to design and implement global study abroad programs to countries including Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, and Hong Kong. She has taught courses in arts management dynamics, the arts management practicum, fundraising, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, feminist research methodologies, arts in the community, arts education, digital storytelling, and arts activism, writing, and dance.
Prior to her work with SIA, she taught at the University of California, Los Angeles where she directed the Artsbridge Program for the School of the Arts and Architecture. She has been recognized on the National Honor Roll for Service Learning, received a state commendation from the Governor of California. While at UCLA, she was the UCLA Arts liaison to the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences where she coached teachers and spearheaded a dance credentialing offering. Her efforts lay the groundwork for the first Visual and Performing Arts Education degree (VAPAE Minor) in the UC system. Later, she was recruited by University of California, Irvine as a Visiting Scholar for the Center for Learning Through the Arts, Sciences, and Sustainability (CLASS) where she advised the center on public policy issues and taught courses the Department of Education.
Amy has taught and coached in teacher preparation programs at UCLA, UCI, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She offered pre-service courses in digital storytelling and literacy, and dance to support the credentialing of creative educators of children and youth in K-12 schools.
Amy has extensive experience teaching arts education (creative writing, critical media studies, dance, and capoeira for youth. As a teaching artist for the Music Center Education Division and the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, she taught thousands of youth and classroom teachers throughout Los Angeles County and the United States. She has taught arts education for esteemed organizations including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Exploring the Arts, the Community Coalition, the Music Center Education Division, the Community Coalition, the William Grant Still Art Center, the Los Angeles Public Libraries, ArtworxLA, the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, Lula Washington Dance Center, and Inside-Out Writers.