News & Events

February 2011
It's back!  The Vermont Arts Council premiered the Arts Extension Service's "Breaking into Business" program earlier this year to wide acclaim.  The two-day workshop offers business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists.

September 2010
The Arts Extension Service has been spotlighted by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies' (NASAA) in its bulletin of best practices for a new customer relationship management training targeting local arts agencies in Connecticut's Peer Advisor Network. The program is featured in its "state to state: showcasing state arts agency ingenuity" feature in NASAA Notes. AES director Maren Brown originated and delivered the training.

May 2010
The Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its partners at North Quabbin Woods, C3, Art for the Soul Gallery and Springfield Technical Community College held three Artist Business trainings.  This one-and a half day training were held in three locations- one each in Franklin, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. 

January 2010
The Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an $8000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA to support AES’ Artist Business Training Project.

January 2010
The UMass Arts Extension Service is pleased to announce that it was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts:  Access to Artistic Excellence grant in the First Round of FY2010 grants. The Arts Extension Service’s $35,000 award was part of those designated for Local Arts Agencies and will be used to develop and implement a new Local Arts Agency Fundamentals Training Series, a professional development series for local arts agency staff to be jointly developed by the Arts Extension Service and Americans for the Arts. 

December 2008
When was the last time you had the privilege of devoting a block of time solely to your art? If now is your time to focus on your work, we encourage you to seek a meaningful and appropriate Artist Residency Program. 

March 2006
On Monday March 26th, 10:00am-3:30pm, Craig Dreeszen and Maren Brown delivered training programs for up to thirty John and Abigail Adams Arts Program planning grant recipients.

January 2006
AES is awarded $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to launch the initiative, “Peripheral Vision:  A New Look at Communities.” Peripheral Vision:  A New Look at Communities is a two-year project examining cultural economic development initiatives in the U.S. and distilling the best practices and practical tools into a series of workshops to be delivered around the nation.