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Legacy Planning for Artists

Legacy Planning for Artists

Start Date:
Sep 22, 2018
Finish date:
Sep 22, 2018
20.00 USD
Main Street Studio?


with Mickey Myers - Executive Director, The Bryan Gallery

In a setting that is supportive and encouraging, this workshop aims to assist artists in preparing for their own artistic legacy or that of a loved one.  Through stories, conversations, exercises and discussion, the workshop prepares its participants to deal with the physical contents of their studios and the emotional dimensions of their legacy. 

The Legacy Project

Bryan Memorial Gallery explores how an artist prepares for their own legacy. Through a series of workshops given throughout Vermont since 2015, the Legacy Team has been working with groups of artists and heirs to identify and prioritize the steps of creating an artistic legacy.

The Legacy Workbook is one of the tools available in aiding the clarification of one’s artistic holdings, assuring that the people and community which supported the artist in life, does not forget the artist when they are no longer with us.

Through a series of charts, questions, and self-reflective exercises, the Legacy Workbook helps the artist to identify their priorities, their working relationships and where they would like their artwork to be seen and collected in the future.

The Legacy Workbook is a 40 page, spiral bound notebook of ideas, suggestions, charts and sample inventory pages, which the artist and the artist’s family is free to adapt to their personal needs.

The Legacy Team: Bryan Memorial Gallery Executive Director Mickey Myers and strategist and author Mary Fillmore work with your group or class on getting a handle on one’s artistic estate. Through a series of case histories, exercises and interactive topics, Myers and Fillmore assist participants in identifying the importance of their artwork to their families and communities for the future, even when the maker is no longer among

Saturday  1 - 4 pm

Desired Outcomes:  Artists and allies who are better prepared to make their own decisions about handling an artistic legacy, because of better understanding of the issues and the opportunity to reflect in a supportive setting.

Sample workshop agenda:


What an artist’s legacy is

What happens if you don’t make your own decisions

What keeps us from doing that

The results if you do

Step 1. Inventory your work

Step 2. Care for your work

Step 3. Conserve your work

Your five most significant works

Step 4. Acknowledge where you belong in the art world

Step 5. Identify your role in your arts community

Step 6. Choose an artistic executor

                        How to choose someone

                        What to discuss with them

Step 7. Set the artistic executor up for success

Step 8. Clarify what you want

Decide about the five works you identified earlier

What we accomplished today

Written evaluation

Following up with the workbook