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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!

 

April 2014
The UMass Arts Extension Service and The Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome the second “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker of 2014, artist Summer Wheat to UMass at 4:30 on Thursday April 3rd, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240, 110 Thatcher Way, Amherst, MA.  This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

April 2014
Our Alumni Art Star Conversation with Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time, was a great success. Anne's event was a unique discussion where, after a brief overview of her life since her time at UMass, she was kind enough to invite students to ask thought-provoking questions about her work with Creative Time and her career as an arts manager. Her openness and sincerity led to a fascinating discussion about the role art can play in social justice.

March 2014
The UMass Arts Extension Service and the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History are pleased to welcome their first 2014 “Art Star” Visiting Artist Lecture speaker, multi-media installation artist Iman Issa to UMass at 4:30 pm on Wednesday March 5th, in the Studio Arts Building Room 240, Thatcher Way, Amherst, MA. This event is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the UMass Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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.

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