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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!

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In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, by Dorothy Chen-Courtin

Monday, January 8, 2024

Fifty years ago, a young man dropped out of college for lack of funds. Bill Venman, founding Director of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at UMass Amherst, offered him a part-time job to help him finance his college education. The young man was Stan Rosenberg.

State Grant Empowers Arts and Culture Nonprofits to Ignite Clean Energy and Climate Action

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A groundbreaking collaboration between Western Mass arts and culture nonprofits and UMass Amherst Extension units has been awarded a substantial grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ...