News & Events

AES staff will be attending the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Convention in Chicago, June 10-14 and hope to meet up with former and current students and faculty. The AFTA Convention is a convening of “arts and community leaders who gather to discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts.” If you will be attending, please feel free to email us

AES Director Dee Boyle-Clapp will be presenting at the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Community Exchange (CCX) on June 2-3 in Keene, NH. CCX is “a peer-to-peer exchange of the strategies used in successful creative economy initiatives around New England. CCX professional development workshops are for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community." 

Join us May 15th at Greenfield Community College for this major regional event designed to increase the capacity and success of the creative industries in Western Massachusetts.

During April and May 2015, The Arts Extension Service offered a 5-part Artist-in-Business Public Art Training Program in El Paso, TX, through The El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Division. The program was held at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso on April 11 and 12, April 25, and May 2 and 3.

March 2015
The Arts Extension Service's artist-in-business training which took place at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center in March 2015 was written up in a MassLive article. To read the article click here.

As part of AES's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, AES will be offering an Artist-in-Business Training at the Massachusetts High Performance Green Computing Center, March 14-15. In this weekend-long intensive, artists learn and create elements of both their business and marketing plans and leave with next steps to build their business. Sessions topics include pricing, web and offline marketing, understanding your market, finding funds, and finance basics. The Massachusetts High Performance Green Computing Center is located at 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA.

One of the advantages of our 5 College area is access to interns! For students, interning defines career paths and builds resumes. For creative businesses and non-profit organizations, interns bring fresh ideas, energy and a willingness to learn.

In the Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits Information session, potential internship providers will learn how to become an internship provider, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most of your intern's time. Information sessions will be presented this winter in Holyoke and Northampton.

January 2015
When the Arts Extension Service's founder and now Senate President,  Stan Rosenberg, was sworn in on January 7th, he was joined by several of our former Directors and Arts Extension Institute Board members, Barbara Schaffer-Bacon and Robert Lynch.

Barbara Schaffer-Bacon, now Co-Director of Animating Democracy, a program at Americans for the Arts noted that Stan now joins other important individuals from the Commonwealth's history, "It was awesome to see Stan take his place with the likes of Samuel Adams, Horace Mann, Calvin Coolidge, and Maurice Donahue."

January 2015
The Arts Extension Service (AES) sends its warmest congratulations to our Founder, the Honorable Senator Stan Rosenberg who will be sworn in as Senate President on January 7, 2015. 

December 2014
"Governor Deval Patrick today signed an  Executive Order establishing both a Public Art Commission (Commission) and Massachusetts Percent for Art Program (MPAP) to support the preservation of existing and creation of new public art in Boston and Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth." Read more