Who We Are

Art As Mentorship was officially founded in 2017 by Enrique Chi, lead guitarist and vocalist for the Latin Grammy-nominated, Kansas City-based band Making Movies.

What began a decade ago as an after school music program for an under-served community, has grown into an organized network of international performing artists committed to guiding the next generation through the power of song.

The evolution of our Rebel Song Academy has been bolstered by our ability to virtually connect students directly with a variety of internationally recognized mentors, including Grammy, Billboard, and Austin Music Award winners and certified-platinum recording artists.

Art as Mentorship takes an innovative approach to exploring our young artists’ full potential through creativity, independence, and spontaneity, fostering their inherent sense of exploration and achievement.

Our curriculums are designed to guide participants through the entire artistic process, building life and career skills as we collaborate through music writing, recording, producing, and promoting — all consistent with modern industry practices. It is our hope that these skills will project the next generation forward on their personal path to creativity, knowledge, and self-discovery.



AMERI’KANA is the beginning of an exploration into American music, past and present. Over four nights of live streamed music, conversation, and music education, experience the rich DNA within the American music story.

Art as Mentorship founders and psych-rockers, Making Movies, produce the immersive musical experience as a fundraiser for Art As Mentorship,  empowering the next generation of American songwriters.

Ameri’kana offers young musicians an opportunity to write, produce, and perform music alongside national renown mentors.


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Meet the Board

Enrique Chi
Making Movies

Adam Fichman
Lifted Logic

Ryan Fields
Kansas City Southern
Service Design Specialist

John Gordon

Aisa Palomares
Actor and Writer

Celia Ruiz
Bilingual Community Outreach Specialist

Our Partners