“Very Glad I Attended” the Upping the Ante Workshops

The Arts Extension Service (AES) is passionate about helping artists to fund their creative endeavors. AES developed the free, evening length workshop, Upping the Ante: How to Secure Funding as an Artist, to support artists and creatives who want to make more money from their creative businesses. Dozens of artists attended the workshops facilitated by local artist and arts manager Burns Maxey on September 24th at the Amherst Jones Library and October 2nd at the Holyoke Public Library.

Upping the Ante workshops were sponsored by the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative and UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts in partnership with Amherst Central Cultural District and Holyoke Creative Arts Center. Workshops were made possible with support from the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, Amherst Local Cultural Council, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

In Upping the Ante, artists learned how to connect the right prospects, foundations, individual donations, grants, fiscal sponsors, residencies, or programs with the right project. Attendees shared that the workshop served as a “great intro to grant applications [and] provided good launching points.”

AES trainer Burns Maxey brought an extensive background in non-profit communication and arts management and programming to Upping the Ante. Attendees raved about Burns’ saying that she “makes everything accessible and easy to understand. She was super encouraging!” Individuals also appreciated “the conversational tone and the comfort level to allow questions when they came up” in the Upping the Ante Workshops.

AES looks forward to continuing to serve artists and creative professionals through the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. To be up to date on upcoming workshops follow us on Facebook or check our Trainings/Consulting page on our website.