Arts Extension Service: Learn With Us

  • May 30, 2019

Dive into a Six-Week Summer Intensive

Re-fuel your passion with a fun, fast and informative 6-week summer intensive in Arts Management! With our online courses you can log in from the comfort of the beach (or your couch). Select a single class or get started on your Arts Management Certificate to obtain cutting-edge knowledge alongside experienced faculty and peers. All courses use case studies, allowing you to immediately apply your work to your organization or a nonprofit of your choosing, while you develop professional contacts in the field. 100% online classes mean you can spend your vacation time with family/friends!

• Board Development

Are you ready for your organization to take a giant leap forward? Many organizations do not fully understand the role of the board and struggle to prepare board members for their responsibilities. Learn how to cultivate effective leadership practices and focus the board on their work of strategizing and fundraising. Clear assignments focus on your own board of directors or those in a case study nonprofit organization. Board Development counts towards the Core, Professional, or Leadership Certificates. Learn more and register for Board Development here.

• Introduction to Arts Management

Get ready to take on a management role in the arts world by combining your knowledge of arts and culture with business and leadership skills. Introduction to Arts Management is the first step toward working in the “business of the arts.”

Whether you are pursuing an arts sector career or hope to start your own nonprofit, this class is for you! Intro is a requirement for the Core and Professional Certificates. Learn more and register for Intro to Arts Management here.

New to the Arts Extension Service?

The Arts Extension Service (AES) is a national arts service organization supporting the arts through education, research, and publications. Our innovative courses and training programs help artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses strengthen communities through the arts. Located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we offer the nation’s only online Bachelor’s concentration in Arts Management, three online professional certificates, and a la carte professional development for arts and culture workers. Our Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative serves artists through customized trainings and a robust arts internship program. Learn more

Alumni at Work

Alum Alison Gibbs is the Marketing and External Relations Director at the Ogunquit Museum of Art (OMAA) on Oqunquit, Maine. A nature and art lover’s paradise, OMAA boasts almost three acres of outdoor art directly along the seashore, as well as an indoor museum showcasing over 3,000 pieces of artwork, plus rotating temporary exhibitions of contemporary American art. As the “one-person marketing operation,” Alison wears a lot of hats!

Alison describes the moment when she leapt into a career transition to arts marketing, "I thought at some point, ‘If I get to the end of my career and I'm doing this corporate thing, am I gonna feel fulfilled?’” she asked herself. “Maybe I can take my skillset and do what I've always wanted to do in the visual arts field.”

Read more about Alison’s career and work here.

How to Get Ahead

In this competitive market, the more you have to offer, the better. AES’s experienced instructors help you identify your strengths and fill in the gaps. Courses bring you in contact with international arts professionals and artists currently working in the arts, education, and humanities. Join us!


Registration opens June 3. Register early to ensure your spot!

AES staff are happy to help you design an individualized course of study to meet your needs. Contact us at or 413-545-2360. We look forward to talking with you!


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Dee Boyle-Clapp

221 Hampshire House
131 County Circle
Amherst  MA  01003 

(413) 545-2360