Amy Ben-Kiki

Project Manager

Amy is based in Los Angeles and has been part of the AMS family for over a decade. With 20+ years of experience in the arts and cultural sector, she is focused on the role of the arts in nurturing and celebrating individuals and communities.

Amy’s understanding of what it takes to successfully develop and operate cultural facilities has driven her work with clients nationwide in the planning and creation of new arts centers. Her commitment to advancing the sector is evident in her strategic planning  and program assessment work with museums, cultural centers, governmental agencies, and higher education institutions.

What is most significant about the work that you do?

Arts and cultural planning is complex. Whether a client is established and seeking to ensure future success, or a start-up assessing community need, any planning endeavor must be anchored in a clear and shared vision. Regardless of project type, we begin by grounding our clients in a common definition of the present and compelling vision for the future. This foundation is what drives a successful project and keeps organizations on track long after we are gone.

Where is the greatest opportunity for the sector today?

The arts spark curiosity, question the status quo, and foster experimentation. They also enable difficult conversations and provide a safe space for dialogue. These qualities are critical to community-building and conflict resolution. The role of the sector in advancing humanity is a critical opportunity, now more than ever.

Who are your most recent clients?

I am fortunate to have worked with over 45 organizations since beginning my tenure at AMS. Most recently, I provided guidance for the Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center (New York, NY), American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco, CA), and the Little Opera House (Alameda, CA).

How do you incorporate EDIA into life at AMS?

I help clients align EDIA goals with organizational intent, market demand and leadership composition. I believe that authentic connection and purposeful action are key elements of success and for nurturing a more equitable and vital sector.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I am not working in the arts, I am playing in them. Whether volunteering in my daughter’s classroom, serving on arts boards, or enjoying my community’s cultural resources, I thrive on creativity both professionally and personally.

Arts, culture and entertainment is our business.

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