News & Events

In September, the Arts Extension Service will be holding a Fall Arts and Humanities Internship Fair in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and BDIC. As a way to answer commonly asked questions about the internship process, we profile pairings resulting from our internship program. In this article, we profile Wistariahurst Museum’s Executive Director Kate Preissler and UMass Amherst English major Aradhita Saraf. Kate and Aradhita worked together in Fall 2015, in Aradhita's junior year.

I was in Scotland presenting at the Association of Arts Administration Educators conference with colleagues from two other countries on Sustainability and the Arts when Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accords. While I could have been flooded with anger, humiliation, frustration, and resignation, the reality is that it has been our states, communities, organizations, and individuals- not our Federal government- that have been diligently creating opportunities and making efforts to address climate change.

Our arts management and arts entrepreneurship students are always busy - and the summer is no different. We asked our on-campus students what they were up to this summer - here is what a few of them had to say:

Adam Stark (Music Business and Production) "I'm playing synthesizer with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, spending 3 months rehearsing, performing, competing, and touring the United States.”

As any artist and arts manager knows, threats to the NEA, NEH and PBS have been a continual and frustrating consumer of our precious time and resources.The endless need to push back is beginning to resemble mowing the lawn, a tiresome chore we need to do over and over again. This time, however, the stakes are higher than weeds or tall grass. Threats to cut and to eliminate the NEA have never come from an Administration in power. This time we need a more powerful machine to fight back.

From July 31 through August 4, the Department of Art at UMass Amherst willl host a special, intensive summer course taught by industrial hygienist Monona Rossol through the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. Identified by investigative journalist Juan Gonzales as one of the heroes of the environmental aftermath of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Rossol will visit the UMass Amherst Campus to teach Health and Safety in the Art Studio (LLART 101).

 AES and UMass alum Austin Boyer is a busy arts manager! Austin received his Masters in Trumpet Performance and a Certificate in Arts Management from UMass Amherst in spring 2016 and quickly received a position as Marketing & Communications Manager for From the Top. While working at this nationally recognized organization, Austin is also celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, an organization he co-founded in 2013. 

Great news for AES’ Director, Dee Boyle-Clapp! Dee was selected to present at this summer’s Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dee created and teaches the course Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization (offered Fall 2017), and co-wrote the ‘Greening’ chapter with Sarah (Brophy) Sutton found in the Fundamentals of Arts Management, 6th Edition.

UMass Amherst has been ranked 24th in the nation for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” by U.S. News and World Report in their annual “Best Online Program Rankings!”

Members of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have elected Todd Trebour, Program Coordinator at the Arts Extension Service, as their Co-Chair for 2017-2018. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. As Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair, Todd will co-lead the 15-member national council along with Brea Heidelberg of Rider University. The Council advises AFTA staff on developing programs and services that build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

Congratulations to AES Alum Sara Mitchell, who is the new Membership Services Coordinator at WMHT Public Service Media in Troy, NY. WMHT's mission is to provide "entertainment, enrichment and engagement through television, radio, digital media, and educational services.". Sara received her Bachelors in Clarinet Performance and Core Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in 2014