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The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, along with the demands for racial justice across the country have underscored just how deep inequity, unchecked police brutality, and systemic racism have permeated our culture.  Inequity is clearly very much alive in America, as is the desire to use this moment to create an equitable future. Now is the time to understand how inequities have been perpetuated in and addressed by the arts.

When Amherst Cinema opened its doors to the students in Dee Boyle-Clapp’s Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization class, Business Manager George Myers had already agreed to serve as their semester-long case study organization. Since that class in 2014, Amherst Cinema has put into place many of the recommendations from the students’ plan that reviewed everything from operations to water use. Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of Arts Extension Service, revisits the project and review Amherst Cinema's climate action journey.

Abbey Ring, a recent UMass grad alum in clarinet performance completed an Arts Management Campus Certificate to supplement her experience as a musician and gain deeper understanding of the arts industry. As someone who is deeply passionate about the arts and intrigued by the opportunity of starting her own organization in the future, Abbey says, “I feel that I can make more of an impact now that I have the knowledge to develop programming for an organization.”

Dee Boyle-Clapp remembers Robert S. Cox, Director of Special Collections and University Archives.
One of the more unsettling outgrowths of the COVID-19 crisis is the prevalent harassment of Asians and Asian Americans throughout the United States. Rachael Chen, UMass Music Performance major and AES student, reflects on her experience as an Asian American artist living during the pandemic and how she found inspiration and empowerment in exploring her heritage and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by combining action, education, and creativity.
Learn about Crystal’s internship with The Northampton Jazz Festival and how an arts programming organization has pivoted during this time of uncertainty.
During the past month, around the globe residents have seen the immediate effect of humans using less energy: once smog–covered skylines reveal beautiful blue skies and in some regions, distant mountain ranges. As we consider reopening our towns and cities following emergency shut-downs from COVID-19, what are the opportunities to continue this change instead of returning to doing business as usual?

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By Lauren Bouvier, AES student and HeART of the Garden Intern

Immersed in Experience: Working with Organizations as an AES Student By Grace Vo, Arts Extension Service Student and Work-Study Employee