Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer, educator, and urbanist who believes the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work connects the arts, education, and urban planning. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in creative non-fiction (2017), Best of the Net in poetry (2018), and has been recognized on the National Honor Roll for Service Learning.

She has been making art, and catalyzing art spaces and programs, throughout her life. Amy heads the Master of Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University where she is an Associate Professor. Earlier in her career, she co-founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center which housed a transnational professional performing arts ensemble and community art space. Later, she lead the ArtsBridge Program for UCLA Arts and lay the foundation for the University of California’s first visual and performing arts education degree statewide.

Her choreography has been performed internationally at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Her writing has been published by SAGE Publications, UC Press, Public!, and SUNY Press, among among others. Even the Milky Way is Undocumented, a book of poetry, is forthcoming on Unsolicited Press in 2020. Her work has been published by SAGE Publications, UC Press, SUNY Press, Public!: A Journal of Imagining America, Teaching Artist Journal, Tiferet Journal, Critical Planning Journal, Entropy, Yes Poetry, Zócalo Public Square, and Lady Liberty Lit, among others.

Amy represented the State of California to the National Endowment of the Art’s Education Leadership Institute where she was a founding member of Create CA, and co-chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Policy Work Group with Dr. Mary Stone Handley.

She has professional experience in development and has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the CA Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and various foundations.

Amy founded CREO Worldwide to promote a just society by investing in diverse leadership and bringing great ideas into action. She has earned numerous fellowships and awards, and consulted for agencies including Community Partners, Arts for LA, Chicano Park and Museum, and Latinos in Heritage Conservation.

– Ph.D. and M.A., Urban Planning (UCLA)
– M.F.A., Creative Writing (Antioch University)
– B.A. Latin American Studies (UC Santa Cruz)

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