News & Events

September 2013
We are pleased to announce the winners of our Vote for the Cover Contest!  After a call for art, the editors selected 18 finalists, then an international voting contest began.  After thousands of votes, the winners are in, and six outstanding arts nonprofits will have their images on the cover of our upcoming book, the Sixth Edition of Fundamentals of Arts Management

September 2013
The Arts Extension Service (AES), a national arts service organization located at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by opening the National Arts Policy Archives and Library (NAPAAL) at the UMass Amherst Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and by hosting the symposium Arts Policy on the Ground: The Impact of the National Endowment for the Arts on Thursday, September 26th at the UMass Amherst campus.

July 2013
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.

July 2013
The race is on!  Have you made your selection in our Vote for the Cover contest yet? 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.  Now we need YOU to vote for the top 6 images to appear on the cover!

July 2013
Artist and 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.  Her work is a series of abstract, painted wood clouds and mountains that play off of weight vs. lightness, color and shape.  The work was funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council. 

An interview with Perry can be found at

May 2013
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.

March 2013
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!

February 2013
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.

January 2013
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.

November 2012
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