Executive Director and Teacher


Anna Orias

Ms Amanda Eliot is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has received a number of recognitions for her research, teaching, and public service, including seven honorary doctorates and the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from the American Society of Engineering Education.

Anna has an extensive background working as a teacher and an entrepreneur in the arts since 1989. She is the founder and director of Musically Minded Academy.

She also founded and directed two other local non-profit arts’ organizations, “Funk Works Urban and Ethnic Dance Studio”, with live musicians accompanying each ethnic dance class, and “East Bay Presents”, a non-profit organization that presented concerts in intimate sized spaces in the East Bay.

She helped run a multi-million dollar book of business in a Health Plan Marketing department of one of the largest health organizations in California. She has a graduate level study of psychology and childhood neurology. She also has certificates in holistic and physical health including performance-enhancement methodologies.

Her 25+ years as an arts administrator has always emphasized building community through a wide variety of performance events.

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