News & Events

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

September 2012
CHFA Dean’s Office, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Arts Extension Service

The Arts Extension Service in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has an opening for a Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator plans, develops, implements, manages, evaluates education programs, and teaches for the Arts Extension Service, a national arts service organization at UMass Amherst, providing arts management instruction on–campus and online across the US.


May 2012
Dee Boyle-Clapp to serve on Creative Placemaking: Art and Identifying the Common Good  panel, Slow Living Summit, Thursday, May 31,  Marlboro College Campus, Brattleboro VT

Hosted by Kate Anderson, chair, of the Brattleboro Town Arts Committee, Brattleboro VT, this discussion will be part of the Slow Living Summit looking at Sustainability in the Arts through examples like Pittsfield, MA which have revitalized their communities through the arts.  The goal is to answer the question: How do we tap the creative well for community benefit?

April 2012
The Arts Extension Service held an event on April 26, 2012 in the UMass Amherst Campus Center in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts to congratulate our new Director, Dee Boyle-Clapp, welcome AES to the college, celebrate its many accomplishments over the years, and introduce its students to the Arts Extension Institute's Board of Directors and other friends of AES.

We were honored to have such wonderful people all together in one room!

A message from Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of the Arts Extension Service:

March 2012
The Arts Extension Service is expanding our social media presence!  If you are a current or former student, partner, training participant, board, staff or faculty member, we want to showcase YOU, your agency, or your organization.


What’s your story?

February 2012
The Arts Extension Service has successfully completed an Artist-in-Business training in El Paso, Texas sponsored by the city's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.  Hear what the artists have to say!  We send our deepest thanks to everyone who participated in our program and shared their experiences with us, but mostly, with one another.  A special thank you to Ben Fyffe, Socorro Q. Diamondstein, and to all at MCAD for their hospitality.