Amy Kisch

Head of Art + Public Programs

Amy Kisch, social impact strategist + curator, is the founder of Art+Action, Collect For Change™, and AKArt Advisory. Her work, which includes movement making, public campaigns and exhibitions, uniquely leverages art’s capacity to inspire people to action, deepen public discussions around collective responsibility, and serve as a vehicle to civic agency. Combining her experience in contemporary art and a Masters in Social Work, Kisch is committed to democratizing access within the arts, while upholding integrity and rigor in curatorial vision, programming, and collaborations. In 2020, she built the Art+Action Coalition to launch ‘Come To Your Census’—an arts-driven national multilingual public media and programming campaign, which was awarded an unsolicited Ford Foundation grant. Kisch also previously served as Director of Partnerships + Strategic Initiatives at the California Bay Area tech, science, and art residency + incubator, Stochastic Labs; and as Chief of Cultural Initiatives at CatchLight—producing the 2022 Visual Storytelling Summit. A 2020 YBCA 100 Honoree, she serves on numerous committees and boards—including at Headlands Center for the Arts, The People’s Conservatory, and Time In Children’s Art Initiative, among others.

Kisch previously ran Sotheby’s global VIP program for the auction house’s top clients—curating, producing, and marketing VIP programming, including the Sotheby’s Preferred Museum Programme, Art Fair Programme, and The Economist Lecture series in cities including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris Chicago, and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she worked to win business from major private, institutional, corporate, and museum clients—resulting in estate and private consignments totaling more than $500 million over two years. While at Sotheby’s, Ms. Kisch concurrently held the roles of Executive Director and Corporate + Community Liaison for the Williamsburg Gallery Association in Brooklyn—developing programming and partnerships with, and for, area galleries, non-profits, artists, corporate, and government agencies.

Kisch made her start in the art world at Parkett, Thread Waxing Space gallery, and at Umbra Editions, and has served as a curator, contributing writer, editor, presenter, and producer of numerous successful initiatives, including collaborations and partnerships with: ABC TV, Annenberg Innovation Lab, Aperture, The Armory Show, Artadia, Artnet, ARTnews, ArtTable, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Chicago, Arts Gowanus, Art Markit, Art Production Fund, Assouline, AT&T, Brooklyn Tourism, Canvas Magazine, caribBEING, The Carlyle, Catharine Clark Gallery, Creative Capital, The Cultivist, DAP, Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Draper University, Fabergé, Flatbush Film Festival, For Freedoms, Goethe Institute, Grace Cathedral, HERE Arts Center, ICA San Francisco, Imprint City, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Jim Jarmusch, Lava Mae, Leila Heller Gallery, Levi’s, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Mark Hotel, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Minnesota Street Project, Museum of the African Diaspora, New York City Opera, NorCal MLK Foundation, Northside Music + Arts Festival, NPR, NYFA, NOW Hunters Point, Petrossian, Protect Democracy, PROXY, PULSE Art Fair, San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs, SFMOMA SECA, San Francisco Public Library, SF Parks Alliance, San Jose Museum of Art, SCALO Verlag, Sotheby’s Diamonds, Sotheby’s Institute, Sotheby’s International Realty, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, UNTITLED Art Fair, Whitney Contemporaries, and Williamsburg Every 2:ND Friday, among others. Kisch studied at The University of Chicago and holds a BA in Art History + Fine Arts from Columbia University.