Top 10 Reasons To Jump Into Arts Management with AES

The arts have the power to promote change, strengthen our communities, and help us reclaim our voices. When we participate in arts-related programs, such as visiting museums and watching performances, we are not just witnessing the ideas presented by artists, but also encountering the work of arts managers who have shaped and supported these cultural experiences. Learn about the ten top reasons why taking Arts Extension Service’s courses will not only add to your professional capabilities but deepen and strengthen the love you have for art.

1. Learn about how the arts really work.

By taking our courses, you will learn how the arts are funded and how artists and cultural organizations serve communities by creating effective arts programming. You can take the first step by enrolling in our prerequisite course, Introduction to Arts Management, this fall!

2. Grow love.

Our classes are steeped in the arts and in serving communities. Our ‘heart’ is the arts. Our classes work to ensure that your operations will be so well done that you can focus on the art and the people involved.

3. Gain entrepreneurial skills.

In the Arts Entrepreneurship class, learn how to create your own arts-based business or nonprofit and get help from instructors who have made their living in the arts.

4. Prepare to be the change.

Our classes ground you in theory, give you practice working with a real arts organization, and give you the tools and expertise to step forward. If you are someone who believes that there needs to be systemic change made throughout the arts and beyond, we support you. We believe in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and were the first university in the country to offer Cultural Equity in the Arts (online). We aspire to address social justice in all of our classes, not as window-dressing, but as essential to understanding where we have been, so we can address deep systemic issues that are within our cultural organizations and institutions.

5. Bring art to more people.

Find your place in the arts eco-system so you can turn your passion into a job that brings that art form to more people! Our courses will help you gain more fluency in concepts such as creating effective marketing strategies, budgeting, and programming. The AES courses you take will prepare you to bring artists and art appreciators together while also promoting meaningful dialogue.

6. Dare to innovate.

We share your passion for the arts and believe in the arts as a social change agent. If you have a vision for something new, our instructors will help you make it come alive.

7. Become a Budget Superhero.

AES instructors teach you how to build a budget that aligns with the values of your organization or creative practice. Take the Financial Management in the Arts class and the Cultural Equity in the Arts course to combine perspectives on looking at financial responsibility through an equitable and inclusive lens.


Solar Panels on Amherst Cinema, Courtesy of Amherst Cinema

8. Arts and environmentalism.

AES offers an innovative course that helps arts organizations address climate change. Students in Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization analyze a real cultural organization’s operations and programs and devise a plan to help that organization reduce its carbon footprint by 50-75% or higher.

9. Gain skills that are both valuable and practical.

We teach you skills that you will actually use. Budgeting, grant writing, fundraising, marketing, analyzing information, programming are just some of the things that you learn not only to do but to appreciate as imperative to running arts programs/organizations that thrive. Not only will these skills help your arts organization grow, but you can use them for your personal career development as well.

10. It’s fun!

AES instructors teach you how to have fun in the arts by teaching you how to create programs that are exciting and engaging for participants.


Feeling inspired? Grow your creative voice and learn about how you can make change as an artist and arts manager by enrolling in our Introduction to Arts Management course this fall.