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Joan Mitchell in her studio in Vétheuil, France, 1983. Photo by Robert Freson, Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives.

Joan Mitchell Foundation Releases Workbook to Support Artists with Estate Planning

The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced today that it has developed a new workbook that compiles legal advice and essays that can help artists plan their legacies. Titled Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors, the guide covers topics such as intellectual property and copyrights, wills, trusts, and how to establish artist-endowed foundations. 

The workbook is part of the foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) initiative, which provides resources and tools for artists in the areas of studio organization, documentation, and artwork inventorying. It features writings by artists on their own work and ideas about legacy, as well as by Kate Haw, director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC; Katy Rogers, programs director and director of the Robert Motherwell catalogue raisonné project at the Dedalus Foundation; and Jill Sterrett, deputy director of museum affairs and strategic impact at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.

The foundation partnered with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston to produce the project. The two organizations also collaborated on a previous edition of the workbook that was geared toward providing visual artists with the basic components of estate planning. Both resources are available free of charge on the foundation’s website.

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