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Members of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have elected Todd Trebour, Program Coordinator at the Arts Extension Service, as their Co-Chair for 2017-2018. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. As Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair, Todd will co-lead the 15-member national council along with Brea Heidelberg of Rider University. The Council advises AFTA staff on developing programs and services that build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

A frequently asked question among artists and creative business people is if they can have a student intern work from their home studio or home office. For the safety of our students, the answer until this August had been "Sorry, no." However, as of this fall, the University has developed a way for our student's to be protected in a home studio/office based internship AND have access to invaluable local learning experiences!

UMass Amherst has been ranked 24th in the nation for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” by U.S. News and World Report in their annual “Best Online Program Rankings!”

Congratulations to AES Alum Sara Mitchell, who is the new Membership Services Coordinator at WMHT Public Service Media in Troy, NY. WMHT's mission is to provide "entertainment, enrichment and engagement through television, radio, digital media, and educational services.". Sara received her Bachelors in Clarinet Performance and Core Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in 2014

Are you an artist, cultural organization, or creative business interested in having a student intern? Then we invite you to join us for the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair on Tuesday, January 31 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the Fine Arts Center Atrium! The fair will be an opportunity for you to meet prospective interns in our studio arts, art history, history, theatre, music, dance, and arts management programs.

Public Art projects, whether they are free-standing artworks or community-engagement projects, are excellent opportunities for Western Massachusetts artists to expand their vision, be paid to make art, build their portfolio, and have their work seen by a diverse audience within our region and beyond. However, the Public Art application process can be complex and often prevents many talented artists from pursuing projects or being awarded them: how do I fund a Public Art project? What is an RFQ? How do I incorporate public input while still maintaining my work’s integrity?

Terre Vandale is the new instructor for our online Arts Programming course, offered this fall. Terre develops and manages community-based programs and professional performances for educational and performing arts non-profit organizations and for her own dance company. She has fifteen years of experience in program development, project management, performance production, funding prospect research, and board development for non-profits and independent performing artists.

The latest blog post from Maria Bastos-Stanek (Art History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, '17), this year's National Arts Policy Archive and Library (NAPAAL) Intern at the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

by Lisa Barnwell Williams, Instructor for Board Development 

Nothing to it: a board is just a few rich people writing checks, right? I hope not! If so, you may be perennially running your organization in second gear: it keeps going, but never really soars. A great board can make all the difference but requires a solid, shared understanding of the board's role and an organization-wide commitment to the dynamic balance of good governance.

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