Meet “Stick Together” Storyteller Amy Lewis Hofland
In a rich and stunningly beautiful tale, Amy Lewis Hofland recounts a surprising past. On Valentine’s Day evening, come hear her #StickTogether story about the power of parental love.
As Executive Director, Amy Lewis Hofland leads the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas. Amy is a life-long student, dedicated to her work and creating a more compassionate society. She recently led the Dallas Arts District’s signing of the International Charter for Compassion and joined Compassionate DFW to lead the arts sector.
Describe your life using only film titles. I am a girl looking for Some Kind of Wonderful…stuck in the bliss of a John Hughes’ film since I had Sixteen Candles on my birthday cake. I’m just growing my Tree of Life: Desperately Seeking Susan and myself…learning the Terms of Endearment one day at a time.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I’ve been wanting to write this story for years…I’ve even written in once or twice and was cheerfully encouraged to “just start writing!” And our museum declared 2018 “The Year of Courage.”
If you could be any animal what would you be? Horse—best animals on the earth. 🐴
What is your favorite board game? I love High-Ho Cherry-O—loved playing with all of the little cherries. 🍒
What is your favorite city or destination? Currently it is Puebla, Mexico—a beautiful colonial town that has been flourishing as an arts center for over 500 years. Art is everywhere.
What is your favorite quote? The last section of MLK’s Drum Major for Justice speech, one he gave two months before he died: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be? My parents’ wedding. I wish I could see how they looked at each other that day. 🤵👰
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Winnie the Pooh. He is everybody’s friend.
What is your favorite thing to eat in Dallas? Enchiladas at Cuquitas.
What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? I ran out of questions for Laura Bush in a Q & A. 😳
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade? Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform our Lives by Thupten Jinpa. We have to practice action, and I am eager to learn what turns a “I should do this” into “it is happening.” A lack of courage (fear) keeps us from speaking, saying, creating a possibility for change. If you see something, say something.
Sneak Peek: “My parents took my photograph: a square photograph I have now. This faded image on old-fashioned, scalloped-edge paper is my only photograph, my only access to an identity representing the first three months of my life.”