News & Events

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.

Paper City Studios is presenting a group show of eight exciting artists and artisans from October 9- 30, 2015 with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 9, from 6-9pm followed by a month of artist talks. The exhibition showcases some of the Pioneer Valley AES Artists-in-Business Training alumni. 

The 2015-2016 Artist-in-Business Trainings has been finalized! Registration is now open. Each training is limited to 25 participants, so register early! 

Click on the links below to read more about each individual training:

Christine Lott is one of the Arts Extension Service’s alumni success stories. A student in the UMass-Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) program and AES’s non-profit arts management courses, Christine graduated with a concentration in Management and Leadership in 2010. Like many AES alumni, Christine had a passion for starting her own organization and used AES coursework to help her get there.

We are very excited to welcome Christopher Janke and Terre Vandale to the Arts Extension Service campus faculty!

The Arts Extension Service is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to bring our two-day Artist-in-Business trainings to Easthampton, Greenfield, and Springfield in 2015-2016!