Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

Amy Kweskin is an arts management specialist with a focus on mindful business planning to support artists, managers and board members in defining their goals and clearly envisioning a pathway to sustainability. For over 15 years she has been an educator, consultant and coach taking complex business concepts and transforming them into accomplishable steps. Since 2010 Amy has worked with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) presenting Business of Art training sessions in San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, and Sacramento. She wrote the Strategic Planning chapter in the CCI Business of Art: An Artist’s Guide to Profitable Self-Employment – second edition.

Amy is an adjunct instructor in Saint Mary’s Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) program where she teaches directed study courses for professional dancers pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. For seven years she was a faculty member at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco in the Fashion Marketing & Management, Advertising and Culinary Management departments. Additionally, she was an Arts Administration Associate Professor at the University of Houston Downtown and California State University East Bay. Her work as an educator was prompted as a Research Fellow with Americans for the Arts where she conducted a national study into mid-career leadership development. Recognizing the need for arts management programs Amy launched her career at the Business Arts Council as the Director of Arts & Business Partnerships. To support a vibrant Bay Area arts landscape she co-founded and chairs the community of practice C2Arts: Consultants and Coaches for the Arts. Amy earned a Master's in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and Bachelors’ degrees in Cinema/Photography and English from Ithaca College. Additionally, Amy is a certified yoga instructor teaching restorative and gentle yoga classes.