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creating a living legacy (call) program

 
 
 
 
     
           

BCA and the Joan Mitchell Foundation “Creating a Living Legacy (CALL)”

Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) is a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation that provides support to visual artists in creating, through organizing and inventorying, comprehensive documentation of their artworks and careers.

This national program was developed to connect elder visual artists with trained Legacy Specialists to document the important works of art created during the course of their careers. The program will help these artists to archive their life-long work by helping them assess their collection, develop and inventory a personalized archiving system, and guide them to set realistic goals for archiving a body of work in a systematic way.

To provide this direct assistance, a database system called “Lasting Record” was created by The Joan Mitchell Foundation and will be utilized to organize, record, transfer and retrieve all material deemed relevant and valuable in the artist’s body of work.

We developed a program to serve our constituent-base, use the CALL resources, and increase awareness of the importance of documenting the artwork and careers of individual artists.


"The database we worked on will be a wonderful tool. I never thought I would have so much work listed in so short a time. Although it is far from complete, there is enough there for a viewer to become acquainted with my recent work and some areas of my earlier work."

Olga Kitt, CALL artist


 

 

Along with technical support and funding from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, BCA continues to provide targeted Legacy training and education to art handlers and teaching artists called Legacy Specialists. This workforce training initiative enables the selected specialists to provide hands-on support to the artists in creating and maintaining a system for documenting and archiving their creative works.


"When you first entered my work space, I didn’t realize how much I needed your professional skills. Though I could find what I needed most of the time, the location of everything was dependent upon my memory. Since I, alone, worked there, the haphazard arrangement seemed natural to me. Besides, I placed little importance on most of what I saved. You changed that."

Olga Kitt, CALL artist


 

 

 
BCA Legacy Specialist Traiining at
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

2014 CALL Highlights

This program

  • Connected elder visual artists (CALL Artists) with trained Legacy Specialists to document the important works of art created during the course of the artists career.
  • Taught artists how to assess collections, develop and inventory a personalized archiving system, and guide artists to set realistic goals for inventorying a body of work in a systematic way.
  • Developed a specialized portfolio of tools to support our efforts:
  • Created the CALL Databaseas as a method of keeping accurate records;
  • Developed a workbook that leads artists through the basics of creating their own comprehensive organizational system in their studios and archives;
  • Created the CALL Resource Blog forum for sharing information, resources and troubleshooting.
  • Established a self-assessment tool for visual artists which helps to identify their state of affairs, artwork documentation and emergency preparedness..

 

 
2013 Training
 
Legacy Specialist Trainees with archivist Joseph Coen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Project completed the first phase of the project in early 2013.  BCA provided targeted training and education to 15 art handlers and teaching artists called Legacy Specialists. This workforce training initiative enables Legacy Specialist trainees to:

  • Participate in hands-on sessions taught by professionals from the collection management field.
  • Learn about notable professional organizations that are focused on preserving cultural legacies and how to access their resources.
  • Share unique perspectives, insights and strategies through public presentations and forums.

 

 

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The Legacy CALL Project is an outgrowth of BCA’s well known Art Handler Training Program and serves the creative workforce by creating programmatic career pathways and trainee professional tools and skills. For more information, please sign up here.

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The Bronx Council on the Arts is one of four nationally funded organizations partnering with the Joan Mitchell Foundation along with Artist Trust, DiverseWorks, and Space One Eleven who are beginning their programs locally.

For further information about the Legacy CALL program, contact BCA at 718-931-9500 x35 or visit our website for updated information. Also please visit the JMF website at http://joanmitchellfoundation.org for comprehensive information about the Legacy CALL project.

Funding for this program is made possible through a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation and The JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Special Thanks to our instructors and trainees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information
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718-931-9500
x35

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