News & Events

September 2014
The Arts Extension Service is offering a new undergraduate certificate in arts management, offered only on campus, available to any Five College student. This certificate can be earned in 15 credits and is a great addition to your bachelor's degree here at UMass. See our Campus Certificate page for more information.

June 2014
As we say goodbye to Emma Pampanin, we say hello to our new administrative assistant, Priya Nadkarni. Emma is off to Honduras to teach English to young children. And Priya is an artist and recent MFA graduate from the UMass Art Department who has joined our staff. Good luck to you Emma, and welcome Priya!


April 2014
The UMass Arts Extension Service and The Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome the second “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker of 2014, artist Summer Wheat to UMass at 4:30 on Thursday April 3rd, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240, 110 Thatcher Way, Amherst, MA.  This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

April 2014
Our Alumni Art Star Conversation with Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time, was a great success. Anne's event was a unique discussion where, after a brief overview of her life since her time at UMass, she was kind enough to invite students to ask thought-provoking questions about her work with Creative Time and her career as an arts manager. Her openness and sincerity led to a fascinating discussion about the role art can play in social justice.

March 2014
The UMass Arts Extension Service and the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome their first 2014 “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker, multi-media installation artist Iman Issa to UMass at 4:30 pm on Wednesday March 5th, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240, Thatcher Way, Amherst, MA. This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

February 2014
Director of the Arts Extension Service, Dee Boyle-Clapp, and Maren Brown of Maren Brown Associates will present both an Advanced Artist Workshop and a 2-day Breaking into Business training session in Montpelier, Vermont on February 21–23, 2014 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The "Breaking Into Business" trainings begin with a full day focusing on the business of art, followed by a full day on marketing one’s artist-based business. Artists, writers, musicians, film-makers, and other creative entrepreneurs will be participating in this hands-on intensive 2-day workshop.

December 2013
Katie Garland is a second-year Public History Masters student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also pursuing a Certificate in Arts Management.  She received her BA in History from Messiah College in Grantham, PA in 2012.  Read Article Here


October 2013
The National Arts Policy Archive and Library was featured in the latest issue of the UMass "Libraries" magazine (Issue 46). Coverage included an introduction to the goals of the collection and a description of the media being assembled. We are honored to be included in this edition, and are thrilled to be beginning the process of building the collection! To view an online version of the magazine, click here. AES and NAPAAL are mentioned in an article on page 17.

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.