Amy Bartow-Melia

Amy Bartow-Melia

Associate Director for Programs and Strategic Initiatives

M.A.T. in Museum Education from the George Washington University
B.A. in Anthropology & Education from the College of William & Mary


Current Exhibition Project: Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Educator and team member. Oversaw the development of the exhibition's public programs and educational curriculum for grades 4-12, and two live electronic field trips reaching over 4 million viewers. Past Projects: Developed the award-winning program series, OurStory: History through Children's Literature, and co-developed its related Web site: OurStory in History Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Amy was the founding director of the London International Gallery of Children's Art, where she is now a member of the Board of Trustees. She has also held positions as a classroom teacher in the United States and Europe. She has contributed articles to such publications as the International Schools Journal, and has conducted lectures on museum practice throughout the United States and abroad, including the American Association of Museums, the National Council for History Education, and the European Council of International Schools annual conferences.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Board of Trustees, London International Gallery of Children's Art
  • International Council on Museums; Education, Cultural Action, Marketing & PR Committees
  • American Association of Museums; Education Committee (EdCOM), Public Relations & Marketing Committee (PRAM), Small Museum Administrators Committee
  • Museum Education Roundtable
  • National Council for History Education
  • Smithsonian Institution—Heritage Month Steering Committee, Latino Working Committee (Assistant Chair, 2001), SI Asian Pacific American Heritage Committee


“Electronic Outreach at the National Museum of American History.” The Federalist (Society for History in the Federal Government), Fall 2006.

A summary of electronic outreach offerings at the Museum.