Amy Chin is a consultant in arts management, cultural programming, community planning and economic development. A lifelong New Yorker and product of the public school system, she believes that the arts are an essential part of the City’s infrastructure and play a vital role in the core health of all neighborhoods. She is valued by peers for her expansive view of the arts that spans across artistic disciplines, geographic borders, and social divisions. In a multi-faceted career spanning over 30 years, Ms. Chin has held leading roles as both artist and administrator.
Ms. Chin has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; Indiana Arts Commission; Children’s Television Workshop; Pennsylvania Heritage Commission; Irvine Foundation; Travel Channel; Arts Midwest; National Geographic TV; New York State Council on the Arts; Rockefeller Foundation; and many others.
From 2003-2013, Ms. Chin served on the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission for the City of New York – the legislated entity empowered by the City Charter to advise the Mayor on cultural policy. In 2005, Ms. Chin established the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation. Under her guidance, the Partnership pioneered initiatives integrating arts and culture into community economic development, including an award-winning marketing and tourism campaign which dramatically increased visitor traffic and business to the neighborhood following the economic downturn after 9/11. Prior to this, as Executive Director for the New York Chinese Cultural Center, Ms. Chin produced public performances, managed a community-based school of the arts serving a multi-cultural and multi-generational student body, and built a nationwide touring program. Ms. Chin has also been a grantmaker – helping to direct funding for cultural activities as an Arts Program Specialist with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. As both a performer and educator, Ms. Chin has created arts program for thousands of communities ranging from rural Amish towns in Indiana to at-risk youth in Camden, New Jersey. Most recently, Ms. Chin consulted on the New York Historical Society’s path-breaking exhibition “Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion” chronicling the immigration history of Chinese in America. In it, Ms. Chin’s family story is re-told in the form of an over-sized graphic novel.
An avid arts lover and dedicated arts patron, Ms. Chin currently serves on the Boards of the Theatre Development Fund, Ping Chong + Co., City Lore and Jezebel Productions. She has been honored with a citation by the Manhattan Borough President for her contributions to the cultural life of New York.
Ms. Chin is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and speaks Cantonese, Toishanese, and Mandarin Chinese.