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HeART of the Garden

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Arts Extension Service is excited to announce, HeART of the Garden, a collaboration with UMass Permaculture Initiative to integrate the arts into the Franklin Permaculture Garden. The partners...

Who I am. What I do. Introducing Daniel Callahan.

Friday, January 24, 2020

By Daniel Callahan, Arts Extension Instructor


I am ultimately a mystery, living as a human being named “Daniel” socially understood as an African American, cis-gender male, engaged in this collective experience of life.


I tell stories. I show stories. I create expressions, designs, and experiences. I play with thoughts and ask questions. I observe and craft meaning from life.

John Delconte

How Can Artists Transform a Town?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

By John Delconte, Arts Extension Service Instructor

I recently met with artist/documentary filmmaker Serena Kovalosky over coffee at a warm coffee shop just outside of Saratoga, NY. The shop had a gas fireplace set in the center of a seating area with comfortable chairs that made it all the more inviting for a brainstorming session on a cold day in December.

Venice’s Call for Action, by Dee Boyle-Clapp

Thursday, December 19, 2019

I heard the news this November that Venice was underwater a month to the day that we arrived there. At first glance, all the historic places that my spouse and I had just visited for a special...
Dee Boyle-Clapp, AES Director

The True Value of Arts in Communities

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

An important part of the Arts Extension Service’s work is to provide trainings and workshops for arts managers, artists, and public or private clients across the nation. Arts Extension Service...
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Online Classes with Real World Examples

Monday, October 7, 2019

In many Arts Extension Service courses, students work with a case study organization to apply their learning in real-time throughout the semester. Currently, our fall online courses in Financial...