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Creative Summit Live from Stockholm

The UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) and the Art Department are collaborating to livestream segments of the Creative Time Summit at the Studio Arts Building, Room 240, on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  The 6th Annual Creative Time Summit will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be investigating Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations, Read More...

Thank you Anne Pasternak!

Our Alumni Art Star Conversation with Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time, was a great success. Anne's event was a unique discussion where, after a brief overview of her life since her time at UMass, she was kind enough to invite students to ask thought-provoking questions about her work with Creative Time and her career as an arts manager. Her openness and sincerity led to a fascination discussion about the role art can play in social justice.    Read More.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Summer Wheat

summer wheat in studio“sensual, disturbing, ugly, but beautiful.”

The UMass Arts Extension Service and The Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome the second “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker of 2014, artist Summer Wheat to UMass at 4:30 on Thursday April 3rd, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240. This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Iman Issa , the first UMass Arts Stars Lecturer of the Spring 2014 semester

The UMass Arts Extension Service and the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome their first 2014 “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker, multi-media installation artist Iman Issa to UMass at 4:30 pm on Wednesday March 5th, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240, Thatcher Way, Amherst, MA. This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Issa, based in both Cairo and New York City, completed her BFA at the American University in Cairo and her MFA at Columbia University in New York. She uses videos, sculpture, and texts in her work to point out the gap between our memories and the language we use to express them. Her installations attempt to fill in that gap, using obscure combinations of media to stand in for elements lost in translation.

Artist in Business Training in Montpelier!

Director of the Arts Extension Service, Dee Boyle-Clapp, and Maren Brown of Maren Brown Associates will present both an Advanced Artist Workshop and a 2-day Breaking into Business training session in Montpelier, Vermont on February 21–23, 2014 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The "Breaking Into Business" trainings begin with a full day focusing on the business of art, followed by a full day on marketing one’s artist-based business. Artists, writers, musicians, film-makers, and other creative entrepreneurs will be participating in this hands-on intensive 2-day workshop. Read More.

AES Student's article on Community published in Public History Commons

   "...From now on, when I explain to friends and colleagues that I am getting a degree in history and a certificate in arts management, I will not simply talk about the management part of my certificate, referencing its practical utility.  The arts part matters, too.  I’m a public historian who wants to work with and advocate for the arts.  And I hope that in return, artists will do the same for the humanities." Read More

AES in UMASS Libraries Magazine

The National Arts Policy and Archives Library was featured in the latest issue of the UMass "Libraries" magazine. Read More.






Announcing: The Winners of the Vote for the Cover Contest!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Vote for the Cover Contest!  After a call for art, the editors selected 18 finalists, then an international voting contest began.  After thousands of votes, the winners are in, and six outstanding arts nonprofits will have their images on the cover of our upcoming book, the Sixth Edition of Fundamentals of Arts Management. Read More.

Arts Policy Symposium

The Arts Extension Service (AES), a national arts service organization located at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by opening the National Arts Policy Archives and Library (NAPAAL) at the UMass Amherst Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and by hosting the symposium Arts Policy on the Ground: The Impact of the National Endowment for the Arts on Thursday, September 26th at the UMass Amherst campus. Read More.

Mass Creative Economy Network Announced

Mass. Creative Economy Network

The Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced that it is accepting applications for organizations to be a part of the newly established Creative Economy Network. The Network, directed by Arts Extension Service and Western MA's friend, Helena Fruscio, will coordinate resources, track progress, and promote efforts to support these industries on the local, regional, and state-wide level. The creative industries include the many companies pushing the limits of creativity in the marketplace, including innovative video game companies, cultural non-profits, design, marketing and architecture firms, and the Commonwealth’s authors, architects, movie directors, artists and musicians. The Action Agenda identifies Five Areas of Action as key to the success and expansion of these industries: Business Development, Access to Capital, Visibility, Talent and Space. Press release



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