Amy Horowitz's career spans academic and public sectors. In 1978, she founded Roadwork (now Roadwork Center for Cultures in Disputed Territory) a movement that put women's culture on the road and will celebration 40 years at the Smithsonian https://festival.si.edu/2018/sisterfire. Sweet Honey In The Rock credits her as central to their global reach. At Smithsonian, she was Program Director for A Global Assessment of the 1989 UNESCO Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture International Conference, co-hosted by with UNESCO in 1998. As Acting Director for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, she received a Grammy as co-producer for the reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music and supervised over eighty projects on locally situated global music.
At The Ohio State University Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Horowitz was PI for Protest Music as Responsible Citizenship: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Holly Near, The Salaam Shalom Peace Project (arts-based encounter among 5th grade students from Muslim, Christian and Jewish Day Schools) and Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Blog-bridging in Disputed Territory.
At Indiana University, Horowitz is Co-Director (with Dean Wesley Thomas of Navajo Technical University) of GALACTIC (Global Arts Local Arts Culture Technology International Citizenship) a project of Center for the Study of the Middle East and Center for the Study of Global Change. Her course, Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Blog Bridging in Disputed Territory received an International Studies award in 2013. Her book, Mediterranean Israeli Music: The Politics of the Aesthetic won a Jordan Schnitzer book award at the Association for Jewish Studies in 2010. Horowitz is interested in how global conflicts can be understood in local cultural and artistic terms.