Did you know you can sponsor a dancer? Change a life by enabling a child to experience the healing and empowering gift of dance. We have dancers hoping for their sponsor to come along and ease the financial burden and give them the opportunity to train and thrive with their peers.

art heals and dance changes lives

Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) mission statement is to provide creative guidance, mentorship, and financial support to young and emerging performing artists in the Santa Barbara area who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. AMP provides four core programs: Scholarship Mentorship Program, Rent Subsidy Program, NO Limits, and Student Performance Companies.
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.


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.

No Limits

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

Inclusion Coalition

The Inclusion Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness about different perspectives, create safe and brave spaces to elevate issues surrounding BIPOC, mental health, body positivity, LBGTQ+, feminism, disabilities, and intersectionality.

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.

Dance Heals

"If you dance with your heart, your body will follow. . ." -Mia Michaels
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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.
Sheila Caldwell
Executive Director
Janean Acevedo Daniels
Board President
Angela Andrade
Board Vice President
Tiffany Lemons
Board Secretary
Faith Strader
Board Treasurer
Erika Martin del Campo
Board Member
Lara Gold
Board Member
Kerrilee Gore
Board President Emeritus
Board Member Emeritus
Board Member Emeritus
Fani Lopez
Board Member Emeritus
Company Director
Steven Lovelace
Mentor & Director Emeritus

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.