Amy Horowitz is interested in disputed territories in music cultures and everyday lives. Horowitz moves between academic, music industry and social justice arts networks. Her research and courses includes global indigenous studies, music in/as disputed territory, Arab Jewish popular music, arts and human rights and divided Jerusalems. She builds coalitions across differences, and against racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny. She co-founded Roadwork and the Sisterfire Festival and was artist representative for Sweet Honey in the Rock for nineteen years. Horowitz received a Grammy Award as reissue co-producer of Anthology of American Folk Music while acting director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Her book Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic received a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. She created “Protest Music as Responsible Citizenship” a project featuring Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Holly Near. She is senior fellow in Israel Studies at Indiana University and co-director of GALACTIC (Global Arts Language Arts Culture Tradition Indigenous Communities) with Navajo Technical University. She holds an MA in Jewish Studies from New York University and a PhD in folklore from University of Pennsylvania.
Read Amy’s article “Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival”