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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
How Do Arts Leaders Navigating Difficult Decision-Making In A Time Of Crisis? Director of the Arts Extension Service, Dee-Boyle Clapp addresses these questions and more.
Arts Programming teaches students how quality arts programming is at the core of all arts and culture organizations. One assignment in the course asks students to find connections and note the contrast between an organization’s program values and the student’s personal values. Leea Reese Russell, who was enrolled in Arts Programming last semester, explored her history with public schools and the role they play in her current career at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

The Arts Extension Service is excited to announce, HeART of the Garden, a collaboration with UMass Permaculture Initiative to integrate the arts into the Franklin Permaculture Garden. The partners currently seek a student artist or artists to propose a project that aligns with the values of sustainability and permaculture. Permaculture can be defined as a way of meeting human needs while increasing ecosystem health. It is based on three core ethics: Earth care, people care, and fair share.

By Daniel Callahan, Arts Extension Instructor


I am ultimately a mystery, living as a human being named “Daniel” socially understood as an African American, cis-gender male, engaged in this collective experience of life.


I tell stories. I show stories. I create expressions, designs, and experiences. I play with thoughts and ask questions. I observe and craft meaning from life.