News & Events

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.

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!