News & Events

December 2011
Launching in the spring session, this new online course addresses the unique needs of arts institutions.  Instructor Dee Boyle-Clapp, a sculptor and lecturer on 'green' topics explains, “The arts have always been on the forefront of change, and never has change been more required than today. Whether your organization needs to cut its facility costs, be first in line for donation dollars, wants to go green to fulfill its mission, serve as a community example, or do all of the above, this class is for you.”

December 2011
The Arts Extension Service is pleased to announce that it will receive the Quarter Century of Service award from the Partners for Livable Communities.  The Partners will present this award at its annual dinner: A Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit this December 15th in Washington DC.  Robert McNulty, President of Partners said;"Partners has a rich history of awards and recognition that we began at the counsel of our founder, Nancy Hanks... this awards program in Washington, D.C. ... recognize(s) a distinguished portfolio of civic leadership."

December 2011
Artists, performers, and craftspeople in the Springfield area are invited to attend a two-day Artist in Business Training on December 8th and 9th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA presented by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Interim Director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Maren Brown of Maren Brown Associates, Florence, MA. 

October 2011
AES is pleased to announce the launch of our much-anticipated Introduction to Arts Management course!  This course is designed to introduce those who are new to the exciting field of arts management.

September 2011
Tom Borrup, AES Creative Economy instructor and national expert in the Creative Economy will be a featured member of a Rountable Discussion “Creative Placemaking: Challenges and Opportunities in 2011” with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman,  at the Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, MN on September 9th. 

July 2011
Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that a grant of $20,000 has been awarded to support the creation of the 6th edition of The Fundamentals of Arts Management, the Arts Extension Service’s signature book used by 45% of the colleges and universities that teach arts management courses. The project is one of 1,057 recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide.

February 2011
It's back!  The Vermont Arts Council premiered the Arts Extension Service's "Breaking into Business" program earlier this year to wide acclaim.  The two-day workshop offers business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists.

September 2010
The Arts Extension Service has been spotlighted by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies' (NASAA) in its bulletin of best practices for a new customer relationship management training targeting local arts agencies in Connecticut's Peer Advisor Network. The program is featured in its "state to state: showcasing state arts agency ingenuity" feature in NASAA Notes. AES director Maren Brown originated and delivered the training.

May 2010
The Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its partners at North Quabbin Woods, C3, Art for the Soul Gallery and Springfield Technical Community College held three Artist Business trainings.  This one-and a half day training were held in three locations- one each in Franklin, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. 

January 2010
The Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an $8000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA to support AES’ Artist Business Training Project.