Amy has always thrived on creativity and imagination. For more than 20 years, she has been entertaining children and the elderly with her music on the guitar and storytelling. Her childhood love of painting was rekindled after a visit to a local paint and wine bar for a friend’s birthday. She believes that if you love to create, you can channel that creative energy into whatever you wish, which for her means painting on canvas for her.

What is the most impactful thing you learned about Northwestern Mutual and its philanthropy?

I’m very impressed that an organization as large as Northwestern Mutual has made it a priority to support local charities. To see beyond just financial numbers of giving is truly groundbreaking. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has found a unique way to encourage community involvement through art. What a way to strengthen our community!

What have you done or are thinking of doing to help the community based on your involvement with the project?

This project has definitely opened my eyes. Touring Sojourner Family Peace Center with my husband was a humbling experience. It’s such a safe and warm environment, where judgment and blame do not exist. I absolutely want to be part of this organization in some way. Knowing the healing nature of creativity, art and music, I hope to offer my time and share my love of these three things. I believe everybody has something to share, a story to tell.

Cake or pie?

A generous slice of each, please! With a scoop of butter pecan ice cream. Oh, and coffee with cream. Thanks!