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Vicki Meek

Understanding Issues of Cultural Equity and Social Justice In the Arts

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, along with the demands for racial justice across the country have underscored just how deep inequity, unchecked police brutality, and systemic racism have permeated our culture. Inequity is clearly very much alive in America, as is the desire to use this moment to create an equitable future. Now is the time to understand how inequities have been perpetuated in and addressed by the arts. The mural of George Floyd and the images shown in this summer's protests underscore the power of the arts and reveal how critical it is for prospective arts managers, artists, and those interested in joining the field, to come to grips with these issues and learn how to address them to create lasting change.

Can the arts address climate change, improve health, and the economy?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

When Amherst Cinema opened its doors to the students in Dee Boyle-Clapp’s Greening Your Arts Nonprofit Organization class, Business Manager George Myers had already agreed to serve as their semester-long case study organization.


AES student, Abbey Ring, black and white image

Deeper, More Meaningful Arts Programming Experiences

Monday, June 29, 2020

Abbey Ring, a recent UMass grad alum in clarinet performance completed an Arts Management Campus Certificate to supplement her experience as a musician and gain deeper understanding of the arts...
Rob Cox, Director of Special Collections and University Archives

In Memoriam: Robert S. Cox

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dee Boyle-Clapp remembers Robert S. Cox, Director of Special Collections and University Archives.

Rachael Chen, AES student

A Voice For Change

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

One of the more unsettling outgrowths of the COVID-19 crisis is the prevalent harassment of Asians and Asian Americans throughout the United States. Rachael Chen, UMass Music Performance major and AES student, reflects on her experience as an Asian American artist living during the pandemic and how she found inspiration and empowerment in exploring her heritage and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by combining action, education, and creativity.

Professor showing an art exhibit while red head student observes

Can Arts Nonprofits Save The Planet?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

*/ During the past month, around the globe residents have seen the immediate effect of humans using less energy: once smog–covered skylines reveal beautiful blue skies and in some regions, distant ...