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Going Public: AES’s State and National Roles in Advancing Public Art, by Pam Korza

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Going Public: AES’s State and National Roles in Advancing Public Art by Pam Korza (AEI Board Member, former AES Special Projects Coordinator, and former co-director, Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts).  Pam recounts AES’s state and national roles at a catalytic moment in the burgeoning public art field and its contributions to advancing quality practices support the interests of artists, publics, and the field then and now.

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The Ripples Continue: The Peer Advising Network, by Maryo Gard Ewell

Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Ripples Continue: The Peer Advising Network by Maryo Gard Ewell (groundbreaking community arts historian, chronicler, and leader with state and local arts agencies in CO, IL, and CT). Maryo recounts the broad and deep impacts of Peer Advising Networks formed during her decades of work with the Colorado Council on the Arts, Colorado Tourism Office, and the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley. PAN training has built reliable collegial advisor networks and purposeful and sustainable arts organizations and leaders. See also Craig Dreeszen’s companion piece, Tapping & Building Practitioner-Advisors recounting AES’s development of the Peer Advising Network.

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Peer Advising Network: Tapping & Building Practitioner-Advisors, by Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Peer Advising Network: Tapping & Building Practitioner-Advisors by Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D. (AEI board member, former AES director, and educator and consultant in arts organization development). Craig chronicles how his personal passion for organizational development and UMass academic expertise combined to create the Peer Advisor Network program. Across the country, AES partnered with arts service agencies to develop networks of experienced arts professionals to advise peers and help strengthen their organizational capacity for success.  Watch for Maryo Gard Ewell’s companion piece, The Ripples Continue, highlighting PAN’s impacts to this day through the work of three Colorado cultural and community development organizations. 

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State and National Arts Advocacy Methods Incubated at AES, by Bob Lynch

Friday, January 26, 2024

Robert L. Lynch (AEI board member, former AES Director, and former director and CEO of Americans for the Arts) recounts AES’s key role nearly 50 years ago in developing statewide arts advocacy strategies, coalitions, and impacts and then taking this passion and experience to Americans for the Arts to achieve national arts advocacy strategies and impacts.

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What Goes Around…, by Bill Cleveland

Friday, January 12, 2024

The AES-spawned programs in St. Louis and Minneapolis trained over 1,000 creative community leaders and planted the seeds for community arts leadership training programs in four other US communities. All told, AES’s investment in cultural leadership training has planted seeds for hundreds of arts-based community partnerships, programs, and policies in education, transportation, housing, public safety, healthcare, and community cultural development, all with demonstrated positive impact.

The Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative's Spring 2024 Arts & Humanities Internship Fair, February 15, 2024 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Register Today - UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service

Spring 2024 Arts & Humanities Internship Fair

Monday, January 8, 2024

Join us at the Spring 2024 Arts and Humanities Internship Fair!