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Fall 2021 Classes

In our current landscape, tackling the challenges that arts and cultural organizations are facing takes creative and innovative thinking. Why not build your understanding of Arts Management this fall with Arts Extension Service's 100% online courses or our UMass Undergraduate Campus classes? 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.

Campus Online
Introduction to Arts Management Introduction to Arts Management
Arts Programming Arts Programming
Financial Management in the Arts Board Development
Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization Cultural Equity in the Arts
  Financial Management in the Arts
  Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization

Enrollment for Fall 2021 campus classes will begin on Monday, April 5, and enrollment in UWW online classes will begin on Tuesday, June 1.

To enroll in the campus version of any course, search for the course in SPIRE during your Enrollment Appointment and add it to your schedule.

To enroll in the online 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 Summer courses, visit this page for details.

Introduction to Arts Management
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 500 ARTS-EXT 500 LLAMS 1
Class Number 10899 22473 22354
Campus, Credit or Noncredit? Campus Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Dee Boyle-Clapp Terre Parker Terre Parker
Course Fee Included in your tuition $1,707 + $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 Programming
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 503 ARTS-EXT 503 LLAMS 15
Class Number 10900 22474 22282
Campus, Credit or Noncredit? Campus Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Terre Parker Terre Parker Terre Parker
Course Fee Included in your tuition $1,707 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Quality arts programming is at the core of all arts and culture organizations, yet many arts managers struggle with how to present a program, once they have developed an idea.  In this course, you will learn how to develop an arts programming philosophy and plan programs that connect the arts with audiences.  The course will examine culturally specific and controversial programming, explore exemplary programs, and review technical and logistical support requirements.  The course will conclude with the development of a program plan for your own nonprofit or a case study organization of your choosing.

 

Board Development
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 507 LLAMS 11
Class Number 22829 22830
Credit or Noncredit? Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Lisa Barnwell-Williams Lisa Barnwell-Williams
Course Fee $1,707 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Boards of directors are vital to the operation of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, but many institutions do not understand the role of board members, nor do they prepare board members to assume their responsibilities effectively.  This course will examine the role of the nonprofit board of directors, how they can best relate to the professional staff, and how to identify volunteer leadership needs.  Recruitment and orientation of new board members will also be discussed.  Practical assignments will be focused on your own board of directors or you will interview board leaders of a case study nonprofit organization to fulfill course requirements.

 

Cultural Equity in the Arts
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 389 LLAMS 22
Class Number 22533 22532
Credit or Noncredit? Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Karen Baxter Karen Baxter
Course Fee $1,446 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Today's Arts and Culture organizations and their leaders are confronting the multi-faceted issues of Cultural Equity and need to understand the role that inequity has played in decision making, hiring, programming, funding, arts policy, loss of audience, and audience participation. Arts Leaders are now looking both inward and at their own institutions, and need the information and tools necessary to address biases and create equitable and just institutions with deep connections to their surrounding communities. This course will explore the history of inequity in the arts, how "the arts" came to be defined through a Western European lens, how cultural funding affects opportunity, and how systems in our culture and society have prevented building diverse staff and board leadership. Topics will include how to create authentically inclusive programming, how to partner and cross-program with organizations that serve different demographic communities, how to expand audiences for the traditional arts in a time of demographic shift, how to advocate for change, and how to create an organizational infrastructure that promotes equity and diversity. This course will explore the role of personal biases and will help students find new solutions that fit the needs of a case study organization and its community.

 

Financial Management in the Arts
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 504 ARTS-EXT 504 LLAMS 14
Class Number 10901 22475 22406
Campus, Credit or Noncredit? Campus Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Christopher Janke Lisa Barnwell-Williams Lisa Barnwell-Williams
Course Fee Included in your tuition $1,707 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
Designed especially for those who are intimidated by or unfamiliar with financial concepts, this course will introduce you to how to develop a budget, as well as how to read and interpret financial statements, such as income statements, cash flow statements, and balance sheets. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, you will explore ways of developing and sustaining fiscal responsibility throughout an organization, including the understanding of roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, management, and staff. The course will culminate in the preparation of a financial plan for your own nonprofit or a case study organization of your choosing.  Must have Excel.

 

Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization
Subject and Course Number ARTS-EXT 509 ARTS-EXT 509 LLAMS 19
Class Number 10902 22642 22643
Campus, Credit or Noncredit? Campus Online Credit Online Noncredit
Instructor Dee Boyle-Clapp Dee Boyle-Clapp Dee Boyle-Clapp
Course Fee Included in your tuition $1,707 + $47 registration fee $675 + $25 registration fee
The arts have always been at 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.  We will determine which changes: are easy to institute, provide the greatest cost-saving, really reduce your carbon footprint, and involve and build credibility with your audiences. From organizing your Green Team to evaluating the products you use, creating your energy use survey to conducting a cost-benefit analysis, this class is very hands-on and concludes with a final Green plan be tailored to the unique needs of your institution.  All course work is applied to a case study organization, which may be your own organization or one where you volunteer.