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Arts Extension Service continues to be dedicated in supporting artists and arts organizations by providing education and information. Find a list below of resources of opportunities for artists, arts managers, and arts instructors. We are updating this list weekly. Find additional shared resources on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Become inspired by the possibilities by registering for Creative Economy and Placemaking with John Delconte this Winter Session.
Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of Arts Extension Service welcomes you to Fall 2020 semester.
As internships opportunities adapt to remote experiences, more options are now available for students and providers. Kristen Flanagan, AES student, talks with Rachael, AES marketing intern, and student, about the variety of arts organizations she has connected with while at UMass.

The arts have the power to promote change, strengthen our communities, and help us reclaim our voices. When we participate in arts-related programs, such as visiting museums and watching performances, we are not just witnessing the ideas presented by artists, but also encountering the work of arts managers who have shaped and supported these cultural experiences.

An internship is the perfect introduction to the career students want to pursue. They provide opportunities for students to build their resumes and to learn in an experiential setting while testing their interests in the field.  The AES Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative and HFA Advising and Career Center, encourage students to complete at least three internships before graduation to gain experience before heading out to the job market. In these past few months, many arts and humanities organizations have been adjusting to the current climate and shifting how they provide internships.

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.

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. Since that class in 2014, Amherst Cinema has put into place many of the recommendations from the students’ plan that reviewed everything from operations to water use. Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of Arts Extension Service, revisits the project and review Amherst Cinema's climate action journey.

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 industry. As someone who is deeply passionate about the arts and intrigued by the opportunity of starting her own organization in the future, Abbey says, “I feel that I can make more of an impact now that I have the knowledge to develop programming for an organization.”

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