Surviving as an artist turns out to be good preparation for running a business.
After winning her first ballet contract with the Joffrey Ballet at age 9, Allison Patel was dancing professionally in dance troupes and Off-Broadway shows by her early 20s. But that meant financial struggle. “My first year I netted $20,000,” said Ms. Patel. “Given that $11,000 of that went to rent, how did I survive?”
Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up.
“Don’t imagine you’ll have it forever,” she said, according to one obituary. “Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go; it’s sliding away like water down a plug hole.”
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Art Cart Program: Research Center for Arts and Culture - A senior arts legacy project dedicated to archiving senior artist’s work and collecting background information and bios on individual living artists. The aim is to recognize and give credit to senior artists, to provide an intergenerational exchange between artists and to promote positive aging.
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New York City
September 5 – October 20
New York University
Stovall Gallery, 8th Floor
60 Washington Sq. South
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September 5, 6 – 8 pm
Artist panels: “Speaking the Legacy”
October 1, 6 – 8 pm – Room 802 Stovall Gallery
October 19, 4 – 5 pm – Room 802 Stovall Gallery
Featuring: Niki Berg, Cecily Barth Firestein, Michael Cummings, Sonia Gechtoff, Norma Greenwood, Carol Hamoy, Nancy Haynes, Susan May Tell, Morgan O’Hara, and Gilda Pervin.
September 11 – 29
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Corcoran Museum (NY Ave. Entrance)
500 17th Street NW
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Opening reception: September 11, 6 – 8 pm
Artist Panels: “Speaking the Legacy”
September 10, 2 – 4 pm – Howard University – Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
September 12, 2 – 3:30 pm – Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albermarle St. NW
September 18, 7 – 9 pm – Corcoran Gallery, Armand Hammer Auditorium
Featuring: Akili Ron Anderson, Lila Asher, Marilyn Banner, James Brown Jr., Lilian Burwell, Rose Mosner, Marilee Shapiro, Carmen Torruella-Quander, and Ann Zahn.
Linda Noeckler, PhD, Senior Vice President of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Board President, National Center for Creative Aging, discusses Above Ground and the work of the Research Center for Arts & Culture in a blog on The Huffington Post:
In my last blog I wrote about scientific evidence regarding the health benefits that mature adults derive from participating in creative and performing arts programs. Since this is the case, some may wonder if older professional artists have better health and well being. Are they poor as church mice yet happy as clams? Or is this just another of the many stereotypes about older adults that continue to permeate our culture and perspective on growing older? ….