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Mass Creative Economy Network Announced

Mass. Creative Economy Network

The Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced that it is accepting applications for organizations to be a part of the newly established Creative Economy Network. The Network, directed by Arts Extension Service and Western MA's friend, Helena Fruscio, will coordinate resources, track progress, and promote efforts to support these industries on the local, regional, and state-wide level. The creative industries include the many companies pushing the limits of creativity in the marketplace, including innovative video game companies, cultural non-profits, design, marketing and architecture firms, and the Commonwealth’s authors, architects, movie directors, artists and musicians. The Action Agenda identifies Five Areas of Action as key to the success and expansion of these industries: Business Development, Access to Capital, Visibility, Talent and Space. Press release


Our Vote for the Cover Contest is underway! Vote now!

Our editors have chosen 18 photos from entries submitted by arts nonprofits across the country –and several from around the world - to be featured in the 6th Edition of Fundamentals of Arts Management.
Sacramento_Met_1The top TEN images right now are:
1. Truth, Old Deerfield Productions, Deerfield, MA
2. Noontime Dance at U.N. Plaza, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
3. Beneath the Surface, Cambridge Community Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
4. Students Making Quilts, Libby Elementary School, Carthage, TX
5. Sacramento International Airport Public Art Project, Sacaramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento, CA (pictured)
6. If Dusk Tangled with Dawn, Anna Vigeland & the Cassia Project, Athens, Greece
7. Esperanza Community Mural Project, Casa Esperanza, Roxbury, MA
8. 2 Blocks of Art, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
9. La Bayadere, Charleston Ballet, Charleston, WV
10. Annie, New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro, VT


Not Quite Here, an exhibit by AES Staff Member Perry Huntoon, opens July 12th

Artist and the Arts Extension Service's Administrative Assistant Perry Huntoon's exhibition at Ode, a boutique in Northampton, MA, opens on Friday, July 12 at 6 pm. Read More.

AES Receives Grant from MCC

The Arts Extension Institute has received a grant of $2700 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the MCC’s Organizational Support Program and it will support the Arts Extension Service's ongoing operations, including our Art Stars Presentations, our Artist in Business trainings, and our work supporting the arts community. Read More.

Artist Resource List

Thank you to the fifty plus of you who attended Dee’s talk, “Why Don’t I Know About This?”, at the Creative Economy Summit in Turner’s Falls on Friday, March 22.  We had a wonderful time sharing resources with you, and learned so much from your suggestions!

Here is the list that includes our suggestions as well as yours.

Keep them coming to if you have more!

AES Instructor Helps Revive Colorado Districts through the Arts


We are proud to employ faculty who are constantly doing groundbreaking work in the arts.  Mary Gard Ewell, co-instructor of Grantwriting for the Arts, is the manager for Colorado Creative Industries’ Creative District program, which has pledged to pay for 60 hours of consulting help for each of Colorado's 13 newly designated emerging districts.  We are excited to see this project develop!

Read the article in the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Happy 40th to us!

The Arts Extension Service turns 40 this year!  To celebrate, we will be posting tidbits of our history on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We invite you to share your AES memories with us, and join in the conversation.  Be on the lookout for news about our exciting celebratory event, to take place in September.

UMass Alumni return to campus as Alumni Art Stars Presenters

Kathleen Gilrain, Executive Director and chief curator of Smack Mellon Studios and Nicholas des Cognets a second year Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, return to UMass Thursday, November 15 at 5 pm as Alumni Art Stars to discuss their work and how they built their art careers at the Studio Arts Building, 110 Thatcher Road at UMass Amherst.  Free and open to the public, this event and the reception that follows is a joint project of the Arts Extension Service and the UMass Art, Art History and Architecture Department, and is supported by a grant from the UMass Arts Council with additional support from the visiting artist program the Art Department.

Program Coordinator Position open

CHFA Dean’s Office, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Arts Extension Service

The Arts Extension Service in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has an opening for a Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator plans, develops, implements, manages, evaluates education programs, and teaches for the Arts Extension Service, a national arts service organization at UMass Amherst, providing arts management instruction on–campus and online across the US.

AES Highlights

Dee Boyle-Clapp to serve on Creative Placemaking: Art and Identifying the Common Good  panel, Slow Living Summit, Thursday, May 31,  Marlboro College Campus, Brattleboro VT


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