News & Events

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. 

January 2012
The Arts Extension Service is working directly with artists and arts organizations.  AES's Interim Director Dee Boyle-Clapp, and Maren Brown of Maren Brown Associates, will offer a 2-day Artist-in-Business training for the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department in El Paso, Texas.  The trainings include a full day devoted to Artist-in-Business training and a second day focusing on Marketing. 

December 2011
Launching in the spring session, this new online course addresses the unique needs of arts institutions.  Instructor Dee Boyle-Clapp, a sculptor and lecturer on 'green' topics explains, “The arts have always been on the forefront of change, and never has change been more required than today. Whether your organization needs to cut its facility costs, be first in line for donation dollars, wants to go green to fulfill its mission, serve as a community example, or do all of the above, this class is for you.”