Legacy + Estate Planning
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Resources + Articles
- “Seeing” series: What is creative legacy, and who is it for?
- Death & Taxes, Artists & Collectors Can Save Millions Through Careful Estate Planning
- The Politics of Legacy
- John Glick: A Legacy
- Painter Mel Leipzig Navigates the Art of Estate Planning
- What will Happen to Your Art After You Die?
- WYWH: Introduction to Estate Planning for Artists in “Your Art will Outlive You”
Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) initiative provides a comprehensive suite of resources to help artists create usable documentation of their artworks and careers, manage their studio inventories, and start the legacy and estate planning process.
More Resources in our FREE Crafting Your Legacy Guide!
No one knows the full story of your artistic career better than you—your artwork, your creative vision, your art-making process, and the professional activities through which you have shared your passion and talent.
To ensure that you have a say in how you are remembered, it is vital to have a plan in place that will serve as a guide to your heirs for protecting and preserving your artistic legacy. These resources can help demystify the work of estate planning—and help break down the tasks into doable steps.
“This essential work is grounded in generosity.”
– Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Manager
Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program and Artist Professional Development
Joan Mitchell Foundation
WHAT ARTISTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CRAFTING YOUR LEGACY
– David Stuempfle, Ceramicist
Seagrove, North Carolina
– Wendy Maruyama
Furniture maker, artist +educator
San Diego, California
Tools + Studio Assets as an Artist's Creative Identity + Legacy
Throughout my curatorial career, I’ve visited countless artists in their studios conducting interviews and critiques. Each experience provided needed exposure to and helped me develop useful perspectives on artistic ideation as well as creative and technical process. Over time, I came to appreciate the value that lay in preserving these unique creative journeys.
Getting Ready to Plan Ahead
Plainly stated, legacy planning is about what to do with your “stuff” after you’re gone. Your “stuff” comes in many forms from the artworks themselves, to the tools and materials necessary to make them. But, your “stuff” also includes intangibles you might not have considered.
Why put yourself through this agony? Three reasons:
- most obviously, it will reduce the administrative, physical, and legal burden you leave to family and friends when you’re gone,
- it can help preserve your reputation by protecting your name and works, and
- it can provide an incentive for clients to purchase more of your work now!
The Will to Create a Will
My thoughts on my “estate” changed when I had a child last year. Since I am in my late 30’s, hopefully I won’t need a will or living will anytime soon, but now there is someone to inherit my meager funds, someone who needs to be cared for in the event that something happens to me. When I found out about the Get Ready Grant from Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), I was presented with the opportunity to plan for the future. The Get Ready Grant provides artists up to $500 toward emergency preparedness, from flood-proofing a studio to estate planning.