News & Events

We are very excited to welcome Christopher Janke and Terre Vandale to the Arts Extension Service campus faculty!

The Arts Extension Service is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to bring our two-day Artist-in-Business trainings to Easthampton, Greenfield, and Springfield in 2015-2016!

Joshua DeFour is one of the Arts Extension Service’s arts entrepreneurship successes. A student in UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program and AES’s Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship course, Joshua graduated with a concentration in Writing for the Media in September 2014. This fall, Joshua will be attending University of Texas-Austin’s graduate film program, ranked one of the 25 best films schools in the world (Hollywood Reporter, 2012).

AES Alum Katherine Garland graduated in May 2015 with her MA in History, Certificate in Public History, and Professional Certificate in Arts Management.

Congratulations to our recent graduates at AES! Our 2015 class included 10 on-campus students who graduated with our new Campus Certificate in Arts Management.

Congratulations to 2015 AES Alum, Jessica Berube! This summer, Jessica will be starting a year-long fellowship at the Smith College Museum of Art as their Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Museum Marketing and Communications.

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.