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Todd Trebour

Todd Trebour, AES Program Coordinator, Elected as Co-Chair to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Members of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have elected Todd Trebour, Program Coordinator at the Arts Extension Service, as their Co-Chair for 2017-2018. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. As Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair, Todd will co-lead the 15-member national council along with Brea Heidelberg of Rider University. The Council advises AFTA staff on developing programs and services that build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

Sara Mitchell

Alumni Success Story: Sara Mitchell, WMHT Public Service Media

Friday, December 16, 2016

Congratulations to AES Alum Sara Mitchell, who is the new Membership Services Coordinator at WMHT Public Service Media in Troy, NY. WMHT's mission is to provide "entertainment, enrichment and engagement through television, radio, digital media, and educational services.". Sara received her Bachelors in Clarinet Performance and Core Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in 2014.

Lisa Barnwell Williams

Finding the Right Questions: Recommended Resources on the How and Why of Strategic Planning

Monday, December 5, 2016

by Lisa Barnwell Williams, Instructor for Strategic Planning and Board Development

At a recent conference I attended, nonprofit leaders seated around the table with me confessed to nagging anxiety that despite conscientious attention to strategic planning, their organizations never seem to address the big questions.  Planning happens, they said, but it seems less strategic than tactical. An organization can be very clear on where it's going, and how to get there, without ever considering why.

Aradhita Saraf

Can an intern work from my home studio or home office? Yes, they now can!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A frequently asked question among artists and creative business people is if they can have a student intern work from their home studio or home office. For the safety of our students, the answer until August 2016 had been "Sorry, no." However, as of Fall 2016, the University has developed a way for our student's to be protected in a home studio/office based internship AND have access to invaluable local learning experiences!

01027 bike rack

Free Public Art Process Workshops in Western MA this Fall

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Public Art projects, whether they are free-standing artworks or community-engagement projects, are excellent opportunities for Western Massachusetts artists to expand their vision, be paid to make art, build their portfolio, and have their work seen by a diverse audience within our region and beyond. However, the Public Art application process can be complex and often prevents many talented artists from pursuing projects or being awarded them: how do I fund a Public Art project? What is an RFQ? How do I incorporate public input while still maintaining my work’s integrity?

Cheyenne River Youth Project, Red Can Mural

Three Lessons from Innovative Arts Programs

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Terre Vandale is the new instructor for our online Arts Programming course, offered this fall. Terre develops and manages community-based programs and professional performances for educational and performing arts non-profit organizations and for her own dance company. She has fifteen years of experience in program development, project management, performance production, funding prospect research, and board development for non-profits and independent performing artists.