Faculty

Dee Boyle-Clapp - M.F.A., M.N.M. - Director of the Arts Extension Service

leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies, teaches in AES’ arts management degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects. Dee is a sculptor, installation artist and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management. She holds bachelor's degrees in art and art history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MFA in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Courses taught: Introduction to Arts ManagementArts Fundraising, Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship, Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization

Min Cho - Ph.D.

holds a Ph.D. in Art Education with a specialization in Arts Administration, a master’s degree in Arts Administration, and a Program Evaluation certificate from The Florida State University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Tufts University.  Her most recent faculty appointment was as an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in museums, galleries, community arts programs, and government funding organizations. Her life passions revolve around the arts, education, service-learning, critical thinking, and business and as a result, her teaching incorporates aspects of all those components to provide a more holistic learning experience.

Courses: Cultural Policy and Advocacy

John Delconte - MS, MS

John Delconte is a Doctoral Student in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His main topic of study relates to creative placemaking—measuring its effects and testing its relationship to other outcomes, such as tourism. His experience in arts administration includes chairing of the Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) of North Carolina for 10 years while having a simultaneous career in the health sciences as a medical writer. He has taught courses on downtown revitalization and world cities at the University at Albany and at the University of Massachusetts. He received an MS in sustainable tourism from East Carolina University, an MS in psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in biology from Union College. 

Courses Taught: Creative Economy

Craig Dreeszen - Ph.D. - Board Secretary/Treasurer

directs Dreeszen & Associates, providing planning, evaluation, teaching, facilitation, and research for nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. He is author of books, articles, and courses on strategic planning, cultural planning, board development, arts education, and program evaluation. Dreeszen directed the Arts Extension Service for twelve years, and now teaches for AES and Brown University.

Courses taught: Strategic Planning.

Maryo Gard Ewell - M.A.

has done groundbreaking developmental work in community arts for more than 40 years.  She has worked in leadership positions as the Associate Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Community Arts Development Director at the Illinois Arts Council, and the Program Director for both the Westport-Weston and Greater New Haven (CT) Arts Councils.  She currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the Gunnison Council for the Arts (CO) and the Robert Gard/Wisconsin Idea Foundation.  She has won many prestigious awards, including the 2003 “Arts Are the Heart” award for service to the arts in Colorado and the 1995 Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts, their highest award for community arts development, and an Honorary Doctorate from Goucher College.  In her recent consulting work, she has been contracted by distinctive arts organizations including the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, and the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service to develop and evaluate programming.  Ewell also co-teaches in the Master of Arts in Arts Administration program at Goucher College.  Maryo has Masters Degrees in Organizational Behavior from Yale and in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver

Courses taught: Grantwriting for the Arts

Christopher Janke - M.F.A.

is a poet, publisher, and entrepreneur. Now working on sculptural poems that reflect on the connection between a word and the world, his first book of poems, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain, won the Fence Modern Poets Series award and was called a “must read" by the Bloomsbury Review. In Fall 2015, a double volume of poetry will be released on H_NGM_N Books, and poems have been in Harper’s, American Poetry Review, and dozens of other journals. He co-owns a local pub, The Rendezvous, in Turners Falls and hosts a yearly lost-and-found fashion show next door at Suzee's Third St. Laundry. Slope Editions, the non-profit press he has run since 2002, publishes between 1 and 3 titles of innovative poetry each year.

Courses taught: Financial Management in the Arts

Jonathan Kuuskoski - M.B.A., M.M.

helps artists self-start careers. As Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Director of the EXCEL Lab at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, he oversees all aspects of their comprehensive entrepreneurship and career development program. This programming spans extensive coursework and career advising to weekly workshops featuring professionals from organizations like the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and International Contemporary Ensemble, along with the annual distribution of $100,000 in student project, venture, and internship funding. They maintain active partnerships with organizations like National Sawdust, the Metropolitan Opera, and Michigan’s own University Musical Society. He also teaches a variety of courses focused on performing arts career development. A classically-trained pianist, he continues to perform with the New Muse Piano Duo (with Paola Savvidou), who commission and perform works by living composers for piano four-hands. They have concertized across the US and Europe, and their first album “transhuman” (Blue Griffin Recordings, 2017) has been called “creative” and “highly entertaining” (TheWholeNote). He has proudly served as a UMass Arts Extension Service faculty member since 2013. 

Course taught: Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship

Vicki Meek - M.F.A.

is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a nationally recognized artist who has exhibited widely. Meek is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was awarded three public arts commissions with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was co-artist on the largest public art project in Dallas, the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project. Meek was selected as one of ten national artists to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Nasher Sculpture Center with the commissioning of a site-specific installation. In addition, Vicki Meek is an independent curator and writes cultural criticism for her blog Art & Racenotes. With over 40 years of arts administrative experience that includes working as a senior program administrator for a state arts agency, a local arts agency and running a non-profit visual arts center, Vicki Meek retired in March, 2016 as the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, a full-service African-centered center that is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. She served on the board of National Performance Network 2008-15 and was Chair from 2012-2014. Meek is currently a full-time artist who splits her time between Dallas and Costa Rica where she is COO of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a 501C3 creatives retreat.

Courses: Cultural Equity in the Arts

Anna-Christina Phillips - M.M

Anna-Christina (Annie) Phillips is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and arts advocate whose career has spanned almost every department of every size of organization, from a self-managed chamber ensemble to a startup orchestra-for-hire to the San Francisco Symphony. Currently, Annie is on faculty and assistant director of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory, where she teaches Arts Marketing, and co-director of San Francisco's Switchboard Music. Most recently Annie was on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory, where she co-created and taught Musical Startups, a seminar about how to bring a musical project idea to life, and was program director at Zoo Labs, where she led two-week music residencies blending elements of a tech accelerator with a traditional artist residency. Annie studied at the Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories. Outside of music, Annie is a competitive rower and knitting enthusiast.

Courses taught: Arts Marketing

Jerome Socolof - Ph.D. - Instructor

Jerome holds a BM in Music Business from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; an MA in Arts Policy and Administration, and a PhD in Art Education with a concentration in Cultural Policy and Administration, both from The Ohio State University. Currently an Assistant Professor of Arts Management at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, he has previously worked for the University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston, Ash Lawn Opera and the Lake George Music Festival. His research work has focused on the use of outreach programs and public value by non-profit organizations, as well as interactions between non-profit and for-profit entities, and his current research focuses on arts administration in rural communities.

Terre Vandale - M.F.A. - Program Coordinator

develops and manages community-based programs and professional performances for educational and performing arts non-profit organizations and for her own dance company. She has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit and artist management, including: program development, project management, performance production, funding prospect research, and board development for non-profits and independent performing artists. Terre is founding director of the Movement Arts Ensemble and has performed, taught, and screened work internationally. She has taught dance, theater, and arts integrated curriculum as a teaching artist and artist-in-residence in school, community, and university settings. She is a certified instructor of Anna Halprin's Movement Ritual technique. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Courses taught: Arts Fundraising, Arts Programming, Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship, Grantwriting

Randi Vega - M.A.

has more than 20 years of management experience in organizational leadership and relationship building. She retired from the Director of Cultural Affairs position at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the arts council for Baltimore City, in 2018. Randi created the Cultural Affairs division from the remnants of a defunct city agency and managed fifteen thriving art programs and a productive staff of 7. Randi was the Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce from 1994-1999, during which time she doubled membership and implemented new programs to increase income by 35%. Randi has a B.A. in Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College, where she teaches at the Graduate level. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works part-time for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Courses taughtGrantwriting for the Arts

Lisa Barnwell Williams
Lisa Barnwell Williams - M.A., M.S.

helps nonprofit organizations to define and achieve their visions. She entered fundraising in the pre-internet 1980’s as one of the pioneers in online prospect research, and later led development efforts for several organizations of national stature, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Agnes Irwin School.  After serving as Vice President of a major international consulting firm, Lisa co-founded Chanticleer Consulting to serve nonprofits in a more flexible, creative, and client-focused way.  She is a graduate of Williams College, and holds graduate degrees from New York University and Columbia University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management from the University of Chicago.  Co-author of Building Strong Nonprofits: New Strategies for Growth and Sustainability, she has given seminars and workshops to countless audiences around the country on various aspects of organizational development, fund development, and communications.

Courses taughtBoard DevelopmentStrategic Planning and Arts Fundraising