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Amy Kaufman

Adjunct Faculty, MA Museum and Non-Profit Management, New York

MA in Latin American Studies from New York University; BA cum laude in Art History from Tulane University

Amy Kaufman founded AK Cultural Planning in 2015, building on 25 years of experience in arts and cultural management. She has devoted her career – and service to NLE – to ensure that the building blocks of long-term sustainability are in sync, including mission-based programming, audience development, staffing, business strategy, brand, and governance. Current clients include: Studio Museum in Harlem, Storm King Arts Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, Marfa Contemporary and the Council of Jewish American Museums.

During her 12 years as Managing Director at Lord Cultural Resources, Amy played a leading role in planning and strategy for leading institutions, including Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University; Central Park Conservancy; Vaclav Havel Library, Prague; National Museum of African American History and Culture; Longwood Gardens; Constitution Hill, Johannesburg; and National Museum of the American Latino (future). She teaches Museum and Non-Profit Management at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


Amy Kaufman
  • Conferences/Lectures


    Engaging Art and Artists to Transform Public Space, Public Space Roundtable at CoRe | Urban Forum CDMX 2016 (conference to explore urban transformation proposals for central Mexico City)

    Attracting Millenials, Council of American Jewish Museums Annual Conference, New York, NY, March 3, 2013

    Managing Finances and Operations Throughout the Project and Beyond and Operating During Construction, Building Museums Annual Conference, Ft. Worth, TX, February 18-19, 2013

    The Future of Art Museums: A Conversation, American Association of Museum Annual Conference, Houston, TX, 2011
    Cultural Spaces for New Audiences (with Kevin Rice, Diller Scofidio + Renfro), American Institute of Architects, New York, NY, 2009
  • Publications


    Manual of Museum Planning: Sustainable Space, Facilities and Operations, 3rd Edition, Editors: Barry Lord, Gail Dexter Lord, and Lindsay Martin, Altamira Press, 2012

    Multiple sections/chapters: Integrating Social Spaces (section 4.5), The Museum in Action (Chapter 9), Planning for Staff (Chapter 12), Ramping Up to Opening Day (Chapter 21)

    Manual of Museum Learning, Editor: Barry Lord, Altamira Press, 2007, Marketing Museum Learning (Chapter 11)