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!

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 Fall Arts Internship Fair on Thursday, October 13 from 10:30 AM – 2 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.

Congratulations to AES Alum Crista D’Angelo, who is a new Development Assistant at WGBH in Boston! WGBH is a public media organization that serves the New England region with public radio, TV, and podcasts. Crista graduated from UMass-Amherst in May 2016 with a Bachelors in Music and a Certificate in Arts Management. Crista is Development Assistant for the Ralph Lowell Society at WGBH, the membership circle for annual donors of $1,500 or more.

Congratulations to AES Alum Katie Garland, who is the new Fund Development Coordinator at Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania! Katie was hired in April as Fund Development Specialist and quickly received a promotion in July. Katie received her Masters in History, Certificate in Public History, and Professional Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in the spring of 2015. 

In DC there is never a shortage of things to do. On July 2, 2016 a friend and I spent the day on the National Mall. First we visited the National Museum of the American Indian to attend a screening of the film Kumu Hina. The film depicts a period in the life of Hina, an indigenous Hawaiian “māhū” or transgender woman. In the film, viewers do not encounter characteristic pristine beaches often associated with western tourism.

This past week at the NEA I’ve been busy working on independent projects prepared for me by my supervisor. In addition, I attended a special “hang out and talk shop” day-long meeting with the group Createquity on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Createquity describes themselves as a “virtual think tank and online publication” who investigate important issues in the arts by analyzing research reports put out by arts agencies like the NEA in highly accessible and easy to read feature articles.