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by Serena Wong

Chicago is home to plenty of art - the Cloud Gate (which looks like a bean and nothing like a cloud), architectural marvels, and food so good it could be art (two words for you: deep dish). It’s also home to a diverse, thriving theatre scene that includes not only large, renowned theatres like Steppenwolf and the Goodman, but smaller theatres that specialize in bringing diverse works to audiences.

One of the pleasures of working at the Arts Extension Service is to support our staff, faculty and students in their careers and growth. In that spirit, we are happy to share the news that Todd Trebour, our extraordinary Program Coordinator and instructor, has accepted the position of Grants to Organizations Program Director at RISCA, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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.

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?

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.

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.

By Serena Wong

Images courtesy of Sarah Ferguson, Richmond Ballet

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