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Amy Shimshon-Santo

Associate Director of Sotheby's Institute of Art - Los Angeles and Head of the ​Arts Management program. ​Clinical Associate Professor of Arts Management

PhD and MA, Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
MFA, Creative Writing, Antioch University
BA Latin American Studies UC Santa Cruz

Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer and educator who believes that the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work bridges the arts, education, and urban planning. Born into an arts family, she has been making art, and involved in arts management and programming, throughout her life. Earlier in her career she co-founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, a transnational performing arts company. She taught at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture where she directed the ArtsBridge Program and initiated the first visual and performing arts education degree in the UC system. Shimshon-Santo represented the State of California to the National Endowment of the Art’s Education Leadership Institute, and was a founding member of Create California. 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. Shimshon-Santo founded CREO Worldwide to promote a just society by investing in diverse leadership and bringing great ideas into action. She has earned a number of fellowships, and consulted for agencies including Community Partners and Arts for LA. Shimshon-Santo has performed internationally at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and her writing has been published by UC Press, SUNY Press, the Teaching Artist’s Journal, Public, Tiferet Journal, Zócalo Public Square, Critical Planning, and others. She serves on the Southern California regional cluster for Imagining America, and was honored on the President of the United States’ Honor Roll for Service Learning.

Instagram: @shimshona

Amy Shimshon-Santo
  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications

    Shimshon-Santo, Amy. “Do Our Lives Matters: Art and Political Education in Los Angeles,” special edition on Space/Place and Pedagogical Practices for Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice, Sage Journals, forthcoming in 2018.

    “Teaching Public Scholarship: Jacqueline Leavitt’s Living Legacy” in Critical Planning Journal, forthcoming in 2018.

    “Creative Justice: Arts Education for the City,” Syracuse: Public!: Journal for Imagining America, 2017.

    “Connecting the Dots” VIVA! Community Arts & Popular Education in the Americas, New York: SUNY Press, 2011.

    Arts = Education. UCI Center for Learning Through the Arts, Sciences, & Sustainability (CLASS) in association with the University of California Press, 2010.

    “Arts Impact: Lessons From ArtsBridge,” Journal for Learning Through the Arts and Technology, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2010.

    “Content in Context: Community Building Through Arts Education” in Journal for Learning Through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities, Volume 3, Issue 1, Article, 2007.

    “Pursuing Quality Education Through the Arts: Lessons from Asia” in Teaching Artist’s Journal, Lawrence Eribaum Associates, Volume 4, Issue 3, 201-207, 2006.

    “Home, Memory, and Beyond” in Critical Planning, Spring 2000.

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