Sunday, March 25, 2018
Chicago is home to plenty of art - the Cloud Gate (which looks like a bean and nothing like a cloud), architectural marvels, and food so good it could be art (two words for you: deep dish). It’s also home to a diverse, thriving theatre scene that includes not only large, renowned theatres like Steppenwolf and the Goodman, but smaller theatres that specialize in bringing diverse works to audiences.
Monday, March 19, 2018
One of the pleasures of working at the Arts Extension Service is to support our staff, faculty and students in their careers and growth. In that spirit, we are happy to share the news that Todd Trebour, our extraordinary Program Coordinator and instructor, has accepted the position of Grants to Organizations Program Director at RISCA, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
People tend to have a narrow concept of what it means to be an artist. They see dancers as people who dance, actors as people who act and singers as people who sing. To many people, if an artist is successful, it is primarily because they practiced hard and mastered their art form. But, in truth, a successful career as an artist generally requires a whole host of skills outside the practice of one’s art. These include an understanding of how to market one’s self, how to fundraise for a project, and how to manage finances. Actor, arts manager and AES graduate Lisa Campbell has a career that exemplifies this truth.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
AES Is excited to announce the upcoming Women in Arts Leadership Symposium: Connecting, Empowering, and Changing the Culture on October 27, 2018 at the South College Building on the UMass Amherst campus. The Women in Arts Leadership Symposium is possible thanks to a grant from the Women for UMass Amherst Fund.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Every year, university alumni receive an envelope in the mail, asking them to donate to their alma mater. Donors to a charity are sent heartfelt letters, asking for donations to support a worthy cause. While these correspondences are considered pesky by some, they are effective and ensure an organization keeps running. One question you might have as someone who receives these letters: how does an organization know who to contact for donations? With limited resources, how do they ensure their donor outreach is effective?
Sunday, February 25, 2018
by Lisa Barnwell Williams, Instructor for Board Development
Nothing to it: a board is just a few rich people writing checks, right? I hope not! If so, you may be perennially running your organization in second gear: it keeps going, but never really soars. A great board can make all the difference but requires a solid, shared understanding of the board's role and an organization-wide commitment to the dynamic balance of good governance.