Assisting the Aging Artists Among Us
You’ve probably heard the recent news story about an anonymous woman who was cleaning out her garage after her husband died – and unknowingly donated his rare Apple I computer to the local recycling center. She didn’t realize its worth, prized by collectors and valued at $200,000. What’s more, it has great cultural significance.
The same is true of art. “There are hundreds of thousands of artists with not only a lifetime of work – but also work that reflects a lifetime,” says Joan Jeffri, founder and director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at the National Center for Creative Aging. “Their work represents a time in our history. Older artists have chronicled the Civil Rights and feminist movements through their art. These are valuable pieces of cultural commentary from different points of view; preserving them is saving our cultural legacy. What a shame if such treasures end up lost in an attic, with no understanding of what it is.”