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Maritime Exhibits: Alumna Emma Hodges and Mystic Seaport Museum

Maritime Exhibits: Alumna Emma Hodges and Mystic Seaport Museum

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum, garnering an average of 284,000 visitors annually and inspiring “an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities.

Andre Green and Priya Nadkarni

New Graduate Concentration in Nonprofit & Arts Management

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Arts Extension Service are offering a new concentration in nonprofit and arts management for students in SPP’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Policy and Administration programs. This is an exciting inter-college collaboration between the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass, which reflects the increasing overlap between the realms of public policy, nonprofit management, and arts and culture.

Girl Scouts Heart of PA

Having Arts Management Skills in Your Back Pocket Pays Off!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

When we talk to students and professionals about the Certificate in Arts Management available to them through the Arts Extension Service here at UMass Amherst, we tell them it is a “value add” to their degree or their career. Joining our program from arts backgrounds such as TheatreDance, and Music; humanities disciplines like EnglishArt History, and Film Studies; or adjacent programs such as Public Policy and BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration) – we encourage our students to consider how a Certificate in Arts Management can support their future endeavors and enhance the toolkit they are carrying out from their college experience.

Inaugural Women in Arts Leadership Symposium a Success!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Arts Extension Service held the first Women in Arts Leadership Symposium (WALS) on October 27th, 2018. Nearly one hundred arts professionals, five college students, and nationally recognized speakers gathered to crack open the conversation about what women recognize as the barriers to their leadership in the arts, and how these barriers can be mitigated and broken down. The tone of the day was one of building community and mutual effort to uplift each other, while at the same time acknowledging that women’s experiences vary and the systemic oppression of women and non-binary people of color must be tackled in concert with gender equity.

Announcing "Community Engagement for Artists" Workshops this Fall

Announcing "Community Engagement for Artists" Workshops this Fall

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Are you an artist curious about creating public art or art for social change projects with your community? Join the UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) for a free, evening-long Community Engagement for Artists Workshop this fall (pre-registration required). Learn about the innovative community-engaged art projects happening nationwide, best practices, and the skills required to create an art project that engages your community.

My Smithsonian Internship: Furthering My Family Legacy

My Smithsonian Internship: Furthering My Family Legacy

Monday, August 20, 2018

When asked what motivated me to pursue a degree in Arts Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an internship at Smithsonian Exhibits, my thoughts turn to my grandfather, Benedict J. Fernandez. A dyslexic Italian-Puerto Rican man from Harlem with no degree or a stable family to lean on while growing up, my grandfather became an icon of the arts and an inspiration to individuals around the globe, all because of his persistence.