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Summer 2021 Classes

Summer 2021 Classes | Fall 2021 Classes

In our current landscape, tackling the challenges that arts and cultural organizations are facing takes creative and innovative thinking. Lead the change in the field by building your expertise through the Arts Extension Service’s classes in Arts Management this summer with our 100% online courses. Our highly relevant and instructive courses with renowned faculty who have extensive backgrounds in the field will bridge the gap of the experiential to the practical for aspiring and practicing arts managers, non-profit leaders, and creative practitioners.

Take your knowledge and experience to the next level, add to your resume, and increase your tool kit with one of our online certificate programs or Degree Program.

Session One (May 17 - June 25) Session Two (July 6 - August 13)
Introduction to Arts Management Grantwriting for the Arts
Arts Fundraising  

Enrollment for Summer 2021 classes will begin on Monday, March 15.

To enroll in the credit (ARTS-EXT) version of any course, follow the directions on this page to enroll through SPIRE.

To enroll in the non-credit (LLAMS) version, fill out this form using the information below.

To enroll in the Fall semester, visit this page for details.

Introduction to Arts Management
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 500 LLAMS 1
Class Number 86667 86668
Credit or Noncredit? Credit Noncredit
Instructor Terre Parker Terre Parker
Course Fee $1,575 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Arts Managers perform the work that is required to bring the arts and cultural programs to audiences, organizing programs such as festivals and exhibits, performing arts events, and film screenings. This course will introduce you to the "business of the arts," providing you with an overview of the careers in arts management, the types of work that arts managers do, and the current issues and trends now affecting arts management professionals. This course is designed for individuals who are new to the field of arts management, are considering an arts management career, or are interested in arts management principles for the purposes of starting one's own nonprofit. This course is a requirement for all UMass students joining the Arts Management program who have no prior experience in the field.

 

Arts Fundraising
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 501 LLAMS 12
Class Number 87402 87403
Credit or Noncredit? Credit Noncredit
Instructor Lisa Barnwell Williams Lisa Barnwell Williams
Course Fee $1,575 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Recent statistics show that while most nonprofit arts organizations will earn half their income, the remainder must be raised from individual donors and grants. Other than earned income, the largest source of revenue for arts organizations continues to be individual donors at 35.5%. Now, more than ever, it is essential for arts managers to know how to develop and implement an effective fundraising program that draws its strength from a variety of sources, and focuses on building relationships as its foundation. This course will present the principles and methods of raising funds for nonprofit arts organizations from individuals, businesses, government agencies, and foundations. Practical assignments will focus on identifying potential sources, positioning the organization for fundraising, and developing effective strategies for acquiring funds. The course will culminate in the development of a fundraising action plan for your own nonprofit or a case study organization of your choosing. Students will be required to take ARTS-EXT 500 - Introduction to Arts Management, either concurrently or as a prerequisite.

 

Grantwriting for the Arts 
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 511 LLAMS 20
Class Number 87207 87208
Credit or Noncredit? Credit Noncredit
Instructors Maryo Gard Ewell, Randi Vega Maryo Gard Ewell, Randi Vega
Course Fee $1,575 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Grantwriting is one of the many tools in fundraising and is a necessary skill for arts managers and artists who seek to support their work with grants. This course will teach the nuts and bolts of grantsmanship, including introducing the vocabulary and philosophy of grant-writing, the hallmarks of a well-written proposal, and the basics of grant searching. The class will use the Colorado Common Grant application as its organizing principle, selected because it is both comprehensive and reflects a growing trend in grantmaking. Students will learn the essential skills of grant-writing, writing in teams, critiquing a grant, planning a grant budget, and how to describe a cultural program's mission, goals, and program to grantmakers within space limits. Students will conclude the course by writing a comprehensive and ready-to-submit grant for their nonprofit or a case study organization.