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The latest blog post from Maria Bastos-Stanek (Art History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, '17), this year's National Arts Policy Archive and Library (NAPAAL) Intern at the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

Congratulations to AES Alum Crista D’Angelo, who is a new Development Assistant at WGBH in Boston! WGBH is a public media organization that serves the New England region with public radio, TV, and podcasts. Crista graduated from UMass-Amherst in May 2016 with a Bachelors in Music and a Certificate in Arts Management. Crista is Development Assistant for the Ralph Lowell Society at WGBH, the membership circle for annual donors of $1,500 or more.

Congratulations to AES Alum Katie Garland, who is the new Fund Development Coordinator at Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania! Katie was hired in April as Fund Development Specialist and quickly received a promotion in July. Katie received her Masters in History, Certificate in Public History, and Professional Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in the spring of 2015. 

In DC there is never a shortage of things to do. On July 2, 2016 a friend and I spent the day on the National Mall. First we visited the National Museum of the American Indian to attend a screening of the film Kumu Hina. The film depicts a period in the life of Hina, an indigenous Hawaiian “māhū” or transgender woman. In the film, viewers do not encounter characteristic pristine beaches often associated with western tourism.

This past week at the NEA I’ve been busy working on independent projects prepared for me by my supervisor. In addition, I attended a special “hang out and talk shop” day-long meeting with the group Createquity on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Createquity describes themselves as a “virtual think tank and online publication” who investigate important issues in the arts by analyzing research reports put out by arts agencies like the NEA in highly accessible and easy to read feature articles.

In this first in a series of blog posts, Maria Bastos-Stanek (Art History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, '17), this year's National Arts Policy Archive and Library (NAPAAL) Intern at the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), reports on her summer adventures interning and exploring Washington, D.C.

Terre Vandale is the new instructor for our online Arts Programming course, offered this fall. Terre develops and manages community-based programs and professional performances for educational and performing arts non-profit organizations and for her own dance company. She has fifteen years of experience in program development, project management, performance production, funding prospect research, and board development for non-profits and independent performing artists.

Congratulations to AES Alum Austin Boyer, who is the new Marketing and Communications Manager at From the Top! From the Top is America’s largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Austin received his Masters in Trumpet Performance and Campus Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst this spring. 

Congratulations to AES Alum Ronni Reich! Ronni was recently hired as New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Director of Public Information, overseeing NYSCA’s communications and public relations, as well as marketing materials and social media. Ronni has completed four courses with AES, and is pursuing her Professional Certificate in Arts Management.

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