Our programs

We invite you to take a look at how AMP is using dance and the arts to change lives in Santa Barbara.

AMP awards need-based scholarships to youth whose families face financial and/or medical hardships. We work closely with local non-profits to bring the gift of dance to our community’s most vulnerable populations.

Rent Subsidy

The AMP Rent Subsidy Program plays a vital role in supporting the artists that make incredible events possible by providing 40 hours per week of studio space. Each year we serve over 200 performing artists and thousands of their constituents.

No Limits

AMP believes dance should have no boundaries. NO LIMITS provides FREE programs that introduce children to the world of movement and expression.

Dance Companies

AMP partners with Santa Barbara Dance Arts to run four Student Dance Companies. Company members receive formal dance training, while also being trained in philanthropy and mentorship.

Dance Heals

"If you dance with your heart, your body will follow. . ." -Mia Michaels
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About US

Arts Mentorship Program - Established 2004

The Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) was established in 2004 for the purpose of providing training, education, mentorship and financial assistance to young performing artists in the Santa Barbara area who may not otherwise have had the opportunity. Each year AMP's programs directly serve over 2500 low-income and at-risk youth and emerging artists in our community. AMP was founded by Alana Tillim and Steven Lovelace, who are both long-standing members of the artistic community. The Arts Mentorship Program is a 501c3 that is governed by an independent Board of Directors. AMP has a legal affiliation with Santa Barbara Dance Arts, which donates staff time, in-kind services, and affordable space for AMP to conduct its programs. Because of the affiliation, AMP is able to serve exponentially more community members than it would if it worked alone.

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Why It's Important

Board of Directors

The AMP Board is committed to providing creative guidance, mentorship, and financial support to young and emerging artists in the greater Santa Barbara area.
Board President
Janean Acevedo Daniels
Board Secretary
Patrice Zubas
Board Treasurer
Kerrilee Gore
Board Member
Cara Chiarrapa
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member Emeritus
Cari Thomas
Executive Director
Company Director
Steven Lovelace
Mentor & Director Emeritus
Yaneli Martinez
Communications Liason
Sylvie Rich
Director of Programs & Development

The Arts Mentorship Program is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is so very grateful for the financial support of individuals, corporations, and foundations which enable us to fulfill our mission to make dance accessible to all no matter their circumstance in life.