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Preserving Your History: Legacy Planning and Archiving for Artists

July 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

As an artist, your work is your legacy, but how do you make sure that your legacy survives after you’re gone?

Using two initiatives, ART CART: Saving the Legacy and The Performing Arts Legacy project that document and represent older visual and performing artists’ legacies, Joan Jeffri, Director and Founder of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund, will discuss how aging artists manage, chronicle and continue their creative work as they plan (or don’t) for end-of-life.

Learn the realities and legal issues faced by aging artists and performers, including obtaining wills and estate plans, and the tools available to help artists not only preserve their own history, but also protect their important piece of our nation’s cultural identity.

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5 – 6:30 PM

Where: VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

Membership Discount Code: For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive a membership discount code.

About Joan Jeffri:

Joan Jeffri is the Founder and Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture housed first at Columbia University and now at The Actors Fund. She is former Director of the Program in Arts Administration at Columbia University and past President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the International Arts Medicine Association.

Early in her career, Ms. Jeffri was a poet and protégé of Louis Untermeyer. A former professional actress, she appeared in the national tour of The Homecoming and in the Boston Company of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. She also appeared with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company in New York City.

Ms. Jeffri’s programs ART CART: Saving the Legacy and The Performing Arts Legacy are based on her two studies, Above Ground and Still Kicking, which were conducted while a professor at Columbia University. These programs focused on providing aging artists with direct, hands-on support and guidance to manage and preserve their life’s work, and it provided students with an intergenerational, educational experience and mentorship in the preservation of artistic legacy.


July 18, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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