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AES Is excited to announce the upcoming Women in Arts Leadership Symposium: Connecting, Empowering, and Changing the Culture on November 3, 2018 at the South College Building on the UMass Amherst campus. The Women in Arts Leadership Symposium  is possible thanks to a grant from the Women for UMass Amherst Fund.

Every year, university alumni receive an envelope in the mail, asking them to donate to their alma mater. Donors to a charity are sent heartfelt letters, asking for donations to support a worthy cause. While these correspondences are considered pesky by some, they are effective and ensure an organization keeps running. One question you might have as someone who receives these letters: how does an organization know who to contact for donations? With limited resources, how do they ensure their donor outreach is effective?

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.

This winter, AES received grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Amherst, Easthampton, Westfield, and Springfield to bring evening-long Community Engagement for Artists workshops to their communities in the fall of 2018.

By Serena Wong

Images courtesy of Sarah Ferguson, Richmond Ballet

The Leadership Certificate provides advanced skills and cutting edge knowledge necessary for emerging, mid-career and seasoned arts managers from the nation’s leading provider of affordable, online arts management education. The Leadership Certificate offers the opportunity to address the field’s changing issues with experienced faculty and peers from across the nation and around the world.  

The new Leadership Certificate consists of four classes:

by Jonah Dratfield

Film, more than anything else, is about communicating experience. It can be used to show the unseen and shape perspectives on meaningful topics, making it a powerful tool. Joshua DeFour, a filmmaker, former member of the Marine Corps, and University Without Walls graduate, understands this as well as anyone.

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