Arts Extension Service
The Arts Extension Service (AES) is a national arts service organization located on the UMass Campus. Since 1973 AES has worked to fulfill its mission to share the resources of the university to support the arts, artists, arts managers, and local and state arts agency staff. AES conducts research and creates publications, trainings, workshops and courses in areas including Creative Economy, Arts Marketing, Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization, Arts Programming, Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Board Development and Arts Policy. In addition to campus-based courses, AES offers two Arts Management Online Certificates and the nation’s only online Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration through the University Without Walls. AES joined the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in 2011.
Arts Management Courses on the UMass Amherst Campus
Arts Extension Service classes are offered as interdisciplinary courses through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Courses are open to graduate and undergraduate students from any discipline at UMass or the 5 Colleges as well as University Without Walls. Each nonprofit arts management course provides an overview of theory and introduces students to the best practices of the day through guest lecturers from cultural organizations, hands-on integrative case study assignments, and instructors who are leaders in the field. Campus courses are ‘blended’ and consist of one face-to-face class per week, plus weekly online discussions and assignments. AES’ arts management courses are perfect for students who want a career in arts management or are planning careers in the arts and want a more complete understanding of how to run a gallery, work for a museum or theater, or have marketable skills in addition to their art form. Find AES courses listed under the HM&FN ART rubric or see our site at www.umass.edu/aes.