Performing Arts Legacy

A screenshot of the PAL landing page

The Performing Arts Legacy Project is an online platform to document and share performers’ careers created by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund (AF). It is a resource to promote positive aging, intergenerational collaboration, and to provide researchers and cultural institutions with an archive of creative careers, as curated by performing artists themselves.

The site is being piloted with small cohorts of actors aged 62+ at The Actors Fund and several small theaters around New York City, in anticipation of a public launch in 2019. Trainers, students and volunteers work in this intergenerational project to create career timelines, oral histories, and video and audio life reviews, capturing memorabilia and experiences to preserve our national creative legacy.

While The Performing Arts Legacy Project is a tool targeted to older professional performing artists, it can also be used for performers and artists all along the spectrum of their careers, to document their work as it evolves. The site will include guides in documentation of personal data, multimedia storytelling, managing copyright/permissions, and more.

As the site grows to include more performers, it will present a chorus of voices representing many different types of careers in the performing arts. Through indexing and search tools it will serve aspiring performers and researchers with access to previously untold narratives about the lives of artists, rich with many previously unseen photographs, documents, and audio/visual recordings, interconnected and in conversation with one another, much like the lives of so many artists.


Excerpts from the first cohort of actors

 

Curated Life Reviews 

Oral Histories

 

 


 

Learn more / contact us

If you have questions about the project, or would like to learn more about how to get involved, please take a moment to send us an inquiry: