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.
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.
AMP believes dance should have no boundaries. NO LIMITS provides FREE programs that introduce children to the world of movement and expression.
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.
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.
Events, News & Press
NO LIMITS is a free Hip Hop program for youth in the Santa Barbara area! NO LIMITS features an Inclusion Class and an All Access Class that focus on movement, expression, and building confidence through dance. After 3 Saturday classes, the program culminates in a final onstage performance at La Cumbre Jr. High! Classes take[…]
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW HERE! Bringing Mothers and daughters together to form even stronger relationships through innovative and interactive approaches. Facilitated by Leslie Scott, a powerful facilitator, superstar choreographer (Beyoncé!), activist, and mother, this workshop will empower mothers and daughters to have better communication, break unhealthy patterns, and find support and community during the[…]
Thank you Edhat for featuring AMP as the Non-Profit of the Week and spreading the word about the sold out show Teen Dance Star and the wonderful scholarships it created for dancers in our community! Read the article
Nonprofit steps in to provide vital scholarships for 2,500 young performing artists in Santa Barbara. Read full article here.
For the month of June, The Gallery Montecito is proud to present ’The Art of Dance’ Photography, oil painting, and sculpture will all be representative of the movement of dance. The event will benefit the Arts Mentorship Program. Featured Artists Dalva Duarte – Painter Robert Stivers – Photographer Kathee Miller – Photographer David Bazemore –[…]
Our latest collaboration is with UCSB Arts & Lectures. AMP and Dance Arts will host community master classes with several of the world’s most prestigious dance companies that UCSB Arts & Lectures bring to Santa Barbara each year. With AMP’s involvement, we are offering scholarships for low income students who wish to attend (we would[…]
Thank you to those of you who were able join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate & support the Arts Mentorship Program at the Armada Wine & Beer Merchant. Visit our page often for updates on our next event.