Spring course enrollment is now open! It’s time to invest in your career with four creative and innovative Spring courses from the Arts Extension Service! Our diverse course offerings are the perfect way to broaden your understanding of the arts in an experiential and practical setting.
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.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
This winter, AES received grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Amherst, Easthampton, Westfield, and Springfield to bring evening-long Community Engagement for Artists workshops to their communities in the fall of 2018.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Serena Wong
Images courtesy of Sarah Ferguson, Richmond Ballet
Jennifer Chapman’s bookshelf is filled with fascinating reads. There are many of significance, but what stands out is Paul Grogan and Tony Proscio’s Comeback Cities: A Blueprint For Urban Neighborhood Revival. It details the recoveries of several impoverished areas in major cities around the country, some of them through the arts alone; this is something that runs somewhat parallel to her career.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
by Serena Wong
Photos by Sophia Carreras
Occurring this past October, Full Disclosure was a weekend-long arts festival consisting of a original dance, theater, sculpture, film, immersive theater, folk opera, music, and spoken word, all centered around the Amherst Common. Interspersed throughout the arts presentations were conversations with thought leaders who study the ways we are connected (physicists, social activists, and others) in hidden nooks and crannies of Downtown Amherst. Spaces ranged from the Amherst Works building, featuring 14th century Sufi music by Falsa with astrophysicist Salman Hameed, to the Bueno Y Sano tunnel. featuring the two-person show Touching Myself. Full Disclosure was produced by Eggtooth Productions in partnership with the Amherst BID.