Since 1994, Amelia has collaborated with museums worldwide as a consultant on education, exhibition programming and audience research. In addition, she has trained museum staff in the development of alternative models for support materials, ranging from wall texts and brochures to exhibition titles and publicity.



From 1984 to 1994, she worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York,  at the Department of Education. In addition to lecturing and writing for a wide range of audiences, Amelia trained and supervised the Museum's teaching and writing staff, and acted as liaison between the Education team and the Curatorial Departments.



Experiences in interactive teaching through art, in order to foster cognitive thinking and verbal skills.

  • MITE! (LOOK!) A joint project with a consortium of museums, universities and elementary schools (Japan, 2006-Present).  Kawamura M Memorial DIC Museum of Art - MITE!.
  • MIRA! (LOOK!) A three-year-long critical-thinking course for elementary-school children based on classroom discussions about works of art. Educational visual thinking program developed in twenty-four schools in Barcelona (Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, 1995-1999). 
  •  DIA (Desarrollo intelectual a traves del arte) In progress in Mexico City since 1995 (La Vaca Independiente, Mexico City).


  • Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, 2003-2009. Visiting Professor. ACOP (The Arts Communication Project), interactive art education required for all students pursuing degrees in Fine Arts, Art History and Museum Studies.
  • Granada University School of the Arts, Granada, 2002-2007. Visiting Professor on Museum Writing.
  • Hofstra University, The New College, Hempstead, New York,1988-1993. Adjunct Faculty. Art History and Philosophy.
  • Columbia University,School of General Studies, Continuing Education, New York, 1991-1994 Adjunct Faculty. Art History and the Humanities.


  • MITE!  (LOOK!) Shimane Iwami Museum, Feb 2012. Guest Curator.
  • Is This Art?  A series of exhibitions based on Arenas' book of the same title. The Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, The Toyota Municipal Art Museum and ArtTower Mito 1998-1999. Guest Curator. (See "Publications")
  • MITE! (LOOK!), an exhibition based on a book by Arenas of the same title. (See Publications.) The Okayama Museum of Art 2005. Guest Curator.

Several exhibitions based on the
MITE! concept have taken place in Japan and others are projected for 2011 and 2012.


  • Looking for Mona Lisa. NHK, Japan National Broadcasting Network,
    2000. Host
  • The Last Supper in New York, NHK, Japan National Broadcasting Network,1999. Host 
    The program was awarded the Grand Prix at the Nippon Prize Competition, an international award for cultural television.
  • Is This Art?  A two-volume home-video based on Arenas' book of the same title. Japan Image Communications, Tokyo. 1997-1998. Host

THEATER (Writer and Director)

  • ANTINOUS The tragic love story about Roman Emperor Hadrian and his page. (Preview - Nuyorican Cafe, 2011 andThe First Floor Theater, Sept-Oct 2011)
  • CONFESSIONS A theatrical collage based on the life of Saint Augustine (New York University's Casa Italiana, and Temple M, 2009)
  • AND THEN, Five monologues about contemporary tragedies inspired by Euripides' Medea. (The Bulgarian Institute and The Curb Arts Space, New York, 2006-2007) 

    This play was selected as one of Best American Short Plays 2006-2007. Edited by Barbara Parisi, Applause Books, 2010, New York.
  • HELL  A theatrical collage based on Dante's Inferno. (The Rubin Museum of Art and New York University's Casa Italiana (2005-2006)


  • The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Dia Art Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, Hunter College, Bank Street College, Sotheby's, The Rubin Museum of Art - New York.
  • The National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. The Cincinnati Art Museum. The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Baltimore Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art. The University of Washington, Seattle. The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. The Association of American Museums. The National Art Education Association. The Getty Center, Los Angeles. The Columbus Museum of Art.
  • Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. Art Tower Mito. Mori Museum of Modern Art. Kawamura Memorial Museum. Toyota Municipal Museum. Yokohama Cultural Center. Okayama Prefectural Museum. Yamaguchi Fine Arts Museum. Kyoto Fine Arts University. Kochi Museum of Art. The Asahi Museum, Kyoto. Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Museo Nacional El Prado, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Museo de las Americas, Museo Thyssen- Bomemisza, ARCO, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid. Fundacio La Caixa, Centro d'Art Saint Andreu, Barcelona. Junta de Andalucia. Museo de Bellas Artes, Oviedo, Consejeria de Cultura Junta de Castilla y Leon. Consejeria de Cultura, Principado de Asturias. Fundacion Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote. Museo Picasso Malaga. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Universidad de Granada. Universidad de Salamanca.
  • The Hermitage and the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
  • Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Museo Rufino Tamayo, and Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. Universidad Central, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, and Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas. Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. Associacion Alumni, Sao Paulo Biennial '94. Fundacao para o Desenvolvimento da Educacao. Museo Lasar Segall, Sao Paulo. FUNARTE and Museo da Republica, Rio de Janeiro.

    IMAGE: Michelangelo, The Sistine Chapel, "The Creation of Man," circa 1510
    MUSIC: Bellini, Norma, "Casta Diva," performed by Maria Callas (1964)

    Casta Diva - Norma
    Maria Callas