Situation of older artists

Volume: 7 Issue: 9

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In this issue: A number of reports and resources on the situation of older artists. The reports examine issues such as earnings, pensions, financial planning, health care, housing and many others. The reports seek to provide some answers to the questions: Do artists retire? What does retirement look like for artists? If artists are often poor during their active working lives, how do they survive during their later years?
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  • Special Focus New York City Aging Artists

    This study examines the situation and needs of aging visual artists in New York City, based on interviews with 213 artists between 62 and 97 years of age. The report contends that "artists, who have learned how to adapt their whole lives, have a great deal to offer as a model for society, especially as the workforce changes to accommodate multiple careers, and as baby boomers enter the retirement generation".

  • This project, undertaken by 10 students at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to provide a better understanding of the issues and needs of older visual artists. The report highlights the results in eight categories of services for aging artists: retirement, estate planning, housing, archiving, health care, insurance, business skills and legal services.

  • Prepared by Joyce Zemans, York University
    This report provides a brief summary of supports for older artists in 18 countries. The report is based on primarily web research into the programs in these countries.
  • Senior Artists Research Project
    The Senior Artist Research Project hopes to find viable solutions to the social and economic difficulties faced by senior artists in Canada. The report provides brief summaries of programs, services and associations that support older artists in 14 countries, largely in Europe.
  • This site is an invaluable resource regarding cultural policies and programs in European countries, as well as a few other countries around the world (including Canada). The site contains information about policy objectives, current issues, cultural institutions, cultural financing, governance structures, legal provisions, support to creativity, cultural participation, arts education, diversity and intercultural dialogue.