Special Advisor for Cultural Initiatives
As Special Advisor for Cultural Initiatives at the Chinatown Partnership, Amy develops and implements programs that integrate arts and culture into community economic development. Amy works with the Chinatown Partnership staff to create concepts for public events and activities that enhance community life, media exposure and commercial activity for the Chinatown neighborhood. A leader in New York City’s artistic community, Amy connects and weaves together resources, people and ideas with vision and imagination.
Throughout her career, Amy has always worked to stretch the boundaries of art into other areas of civic life. She is appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to New York City’s Cultural Arts Advisory Commission – the legislated entity empowered by the City Charter to advise the Mayor on cultural policy. And in 2004, she was honored with a citation from the Manhattan Borough President for her contributions to the cultural life of the community. Amy has been a consultant to foundations, government agencies and arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts Midwest, Pennsylvania Heritage Commission, Irvine Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Amy also currently serves on the Boards of CREATE (Committee to Revitalize and Enrich the Arts and Tomorrow’s Economy) in Chinatown, Ping Chong Theater Company and Dance/NYC.
Amy was instrumental in the formation of the Chinatown Partnership, and was the organization’s initial Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining the Chinatown Partnership, Amy was Executive Director for the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a community-based dance school that grew under her guidance to become one of the largest and most active performing arts organizations in New York’s Chinatown. Amy also previously served as an Arts Program Specialist at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Development Associate for Dance Theater Workshop. A graduate of Barnard College, Amy speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin.