December 2014
"Governor Deval Patrick today signed an  Executive Order establishing both a Public Art Commission (Commission) and Massachusetts Percent for Art Program (MPAP) to support the preservation of existing and creation of new public art in Boston and Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth." Read more

Registration is now open for Spring 2015 Arts Management classes. Visit our Courses page to find our list of offerings and to register. Contact our office anytime for advisement and scheduling questions.

November 2014
Live from Stockholm:  Arts Extension Service and Art Department screens the Creative Time Summit at UMass

October 2014
On October 29th, the Arts Extension Service represented their new undergraduate certificate in Arts Management at the UMass Majors Fair. This event brought together faculty from almost all the departments at the UMass Amherst campus so that undergraduate students, with both declared and undeclared majors, could explore the options available to them. Students and department representatives had the opportunity to discuss, in person, details about their respective programs.

October 2014
An event close to the heart of the Arts Extension Service is Arts Matter Day, October 24th. This day was a celebration of why the arts matter so that the state of Massachusetts and its gubenatorial candidates would be influenced to invest more resources towards the arts.  The day was created by MASSCreative, a state arts advocacy organization that “empowers creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice that brings the attention and resources necessary to build vibrant, creative communities”. 

October 2014
The Arts Extension Service will soon launch a new Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative that will serve professional artists in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and beyond. The goal is to increase the local presence of regional artists.

October 2014
The Arts Extension Service helped to sponsor the Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange, hosted by Baystate Health and presented by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, took place on October 24th at the Whitney Avenue Conference in Holyoke, Mass. This event catered to filmmakers and businesses in the region so that they could exchange ideas, find resources, and showcase their talent. The day consisted of panels, workshops, demos, an exhibit hall, and cocktail networking event from 10am to 6pm. 

September 2014
The Arts Extension Service is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of $3600 from the Mass Cultural Council as part of their Cultural Investment Portfolio to go towards general operations at AES.

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!