Teaching and learning are central to Amy’s creative process, research, and social practice. Her teaching emphasizes praxis — the union between critical thinking and action.
Amy has developed courses in arts management, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, feminist research methodologies, arts education, and arts activism. She is pleased to have mentored graduate and undergraduate students who have gone on to shape the world in positive ways.
She has mentored emerging leaders in universities, taught children and youth, coached teachers in K-12 schools, facilitated family projects at community art centers, taught creative writing circles for incarcerated youth, and managed online communities for media enterprises.
Higher Education Experience
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. She teaches courses in Fundraising, Social Enterprise, Performing Arts Production and Presenting, Arts Management Dynamics, and leads the apprenticeship and capstone process culminating in students’ service learning thesis projects. 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.
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 for the teacher preparation programs at UCLA, UCI, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. These courses in digital media and literacy, and dance, resulted in the credentialing of creative, qualified educators committed to children and youth in K-12 schools.
During her time as a teaching artist with the Music Center Education Division, she taught thousands of youth and classroom teachers throughout Los Angeles County. She has also taught children and youth for 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.