Amy received her BA from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a double major in Studio Art and Spanish. She received her MA in Community Arts Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and considers herself a community artist, educator, and organizer. She has served a year in AmeriCorps’ Community Art Corps branch and believes wholeheartedly that visual art can be used to create positive change in the lives of children and their communities.
Although a trained painter, Amy finds that making art is most enjoyable when it’s done outside the studio! She has instructed visual art after-school programs, summer camps and family workshops at community centers, churches, fine art studios, and schools in NYC, NJ, PA, MD and Juarez, Mexico. She has also initiated youth-driven, community-based public art installations, tile and glass mosaics, and painted murals. Amy is currently an artist-on-call at the Center for Arts Education in NYC.
In addition to teaching, Amy has worked in education and program coordination at arts non-profits such as the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA; Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD; and CITYarts, Inc. in NYC. In August 2011, Amy joined the team at Free Arts NYC as the Weekly Mentor Program Coordinator. Free Arts NYC partners with community organizations, schools and social work agencies to provide youth with a unique combination of after-school arts and mentoring programs. Trained volunteer mentors work with professional facilitators to uphold the organization’s philosophy “There are no mistakes in art!” with youth across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Amy currently lives in Queens.