Amy F. Ben-Kiki, Project Manager in the Connecticut office, has been part of the AMS family for over a decade. With 20+ years of experience in the arts and cultural sector, she is particularly focused on the role of arts in developing individuals and communities.
Amy has assisted over 40 organizations nationwide through a multitude of planning and evaluative initiatives. Amy’s keen understanding of the care and risk required to successfully develop and operate facilities has driven her work with key stakeholders in the planning and creation of new arts centers including: the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX; the Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York, NY; Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL; and Ball & Socket Arts in Cheshire, CT. She recently explored the feasibility of a new Arts Education Centre on behalf of the ArtsBridge Foundation in Atlanta, GA.
Amy’s commitment to advancing the sector and challenging its boundaries is evident in her strategic planning work with museums, cultural centers and higher education institutions, and in her management of several large-scale assessment projects, including an Environmental Scan for Americans for the Arts, which served as a basis for their strategic planning efforts, and an evaluation of the U.S. Department of State’s Jazz Ambassador’s Program. More recently, she worked with Hillsborough County, FL to inventory and articulate the value of its cultural assets and recommend ways to stimulate economic development success.
Amy began her career in arts administration at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT where she coordinated mainstage activity and advanced the organization’s educational programs, including the nationally-recognized PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools) program. After receiving her Ed.M with a concentration in arts-in-education from Harvard University in 2001, Amy continued to focus on arts education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), where her work involved the coordination of NJPAC’s artist-in-residence program and the Early Learning Through the Arts©/New Jersey WolfTrap Program. As Program Associate at the Connecticut Office of the Arts (2007-2011), Amy assisted in the design and management of several arts in education endeavors, including the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools program, the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud competition, and multiple grant programs and educator training.
Amy is currently the Board President for The Little Theatre of Manchester, a professional community theater. She also served in an advisory capacity during the development and early implementation of Hartford Performs, an arts education collaborative serving the Hartford Public Schools system.