News & Events

AES is excited to announce that we have received grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Amherst, Easthampton, Holyoke, and Pittsfield to bring an evening-long Introduction to Public Art Workshop to each community in the fall of 2016.

We are excited to announce Maria Bastos-Stanek, Art History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies ’17, has been selected as the National Arts Policy Archive and Library (NAPAAL) Intern at the National Endowment of the Arts for Summer 2016! Open to all Five College students, this internship opportunity is funded thanks to a generous grant from the Women of UMass Amherst Fund. Maria was selected through a competitive application process directed by the Arts Extension Service this winter.

Congratulations to AES Alum Alison Gibbs! Alison was hired this winter as Marketing and External Relations Director at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) in Ogunquit, ME. In this role, Alison will manage the museum’s marketing, branding, advertising, and public relations functions. “The OMAA has direct ties to some of the earliest art colonies in the country so it has a prominent place in the history of American modernism,” said Alison. “I’m really looking forward to sharing more about the OMAA’s role in American contemporary art with our audiences.”

This fall, AES worked with two of our fantastic on-campus Arts Management Certificate students as interns - senior Jennifer Sylvia (Marketing Intern) and senior Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe (Grantwriting Intern). Read on to learn more about Jenn and Gwen and what they learned working with AES this semester.

Are you an arts management student at UMass who wants to go deeper in your education? Are you an arts organization looking for an arts management intern? Contact Todd Trebour at

Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Todd Trebour, Program Coordinator at the Arts Extension Service, as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council. Todd will advise Americans for the Arts' staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. Todd is the sole representative on the Council from the New England region.

American for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch was present today at the White House for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) education bill signing. Bob is pictured here with Mary Kusler, National Education Association Director of Government Relations. Thanks to the work of AFTA and the advocacy of arts organizations nationwide, many art-friendly provisions are part of this landmark bill.

Christine Harris is a key national figure in creative economy work, with over 30 years of experience working creative enterprises and community development. You can read Christine's bio here.

Recently, Christine spoke with AES about her work and teaching on the Creative Economy.

Christine, why is the Creative Economy course an important class for arts professionals?

Former AES Director Shirley Sneve is the current executive director of Vision Maker Media, whose mission is to share Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives through public television. The talk, Indigenous Experience Through Film, will take place 
 on Thursday, November 19 from 630-730 PM at Campus Center, Amherst Room 1009. Admission is free.

AES’s online Arts Entrepreneurship instructor Jonathan Kuuskoski has started a new position this semester as Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Services with the EXCEL program at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance!

UMass Sculpture student Marco Monroy has been interning with artist Esther White and Fugitive Arts to assist with the production of the Northampton Print and Book Fair (NPBF) at the APE Gallery in Northampton, MA, October 4, 12 - 6 pm. The NPBF is a combination invitational and juried event that will feature over 50 artists, publishers, studios and vendors who will have their works available for display and purchase.