The Art Connection
Description: An art donation and placement program for artists and collectors who want to donate artwork to public and nonprofit organizations. Serves as an art clearinghouse, simplifying the donation process and offering a wide range of original works for selection by qualifying nonprofit agencies.

Art Connection in the Capital Region
Description: Works with artists and art collectors in donating artwork to nonprofit community groups.

Art Connects New York (ACNY)
Description: Facilitates the installation of permanent exhibitions of contemporary artwork in diverse human service organizations to inspire critical dialogue and promote healing among the people those agencies serve, including those who were formerly incarcerated, those with physical or mental challenges, the elderly, homeless, and immigrants and refugees.

Artists Over Sixty Program, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Description: Provides legal services and education to senior artists to address age-specific legal and business issues. The program emphasizes the need for will drafting and estate planning services, and offers access to other legal services, including counseling on the use of artwork on the Internet and other digital media. The program also includes special education courses directed to the needs of senior artists.

The Boston Foundation
Description: Sponsors the The Fay Slover Fund. Provides grants to support start-up and existing art placement programs in communities throughout the world.

Fine Art Adoption
Description: Arranges for the adoption of artwork by collectors. Artists can specify if they want work adopted by a nonprofit organization.

Joan Mitchell Foundation
Description: Sponsors the program Creating a Living Legacy (CALL), a initiative designed to provide support to older artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving, inventory management, and through this work create a comprehensive and usable documentation of their artworks and careers.

New York Health & Hospital Corporation
Description: The Art Collection program sponsors an art donations program.

Description: A nonprofit organization and program of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, founded to celebrate and feature the works of deceased 20th and 21st century artists, spanning the full gamut of artistic expression. Showcases, promotes, and preserves the creative work of 20th and 21st Century artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies.

Senior Artists Initiative
Description: A nonprofit organization that assists artists in understanding the need for and processes involved in organizing their life’s work. Educates artists about the process of documenting and inventorying their work, legal issues pertaining to their art, estates, and artists rights. Sponsors an Inventory And Oral History Project, and produces video interviews of established artists for online viewing. 



Title: Artists’ Estates: Reputations in Trust
Author/Editor: edited by Magda Salvesen and Diane Cousineau
Description: Surveys the lives of important 20th century American artists and the management of their accumulated works. Opens a window into problems of taxes, wills and trust, the inheritors’ role in conservation, succession and interpretation, and the responsibility for our visual heritage.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: 2005
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Title: Crafting Your Legacy: A Guide to Putting Your Non-Artistic Assets to Work in an Estate Plan
Author: Mark Leach
Description: A free 22-page PDF dowload. Helps artists plan the ‘afterlife’ for their tools and other studio assets. It can be used as a supplement to other guides on estate planning, or to start thinking about the process. Includes eight case studies of other artists’ experiences, checklists, and resources to help studio artists think about and plan for the fate of their tools, equipment, materials, library, archives, and other art making assets as part of their creative legacy.
Publisher: CERF: The Artists Safety Net
Publication date: 2018
URL: A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples
Author/Editor: Denis Clifford, Frederick Hertz & Emily Doskow
Description: Revised. A detailed legal survey of the laws affecting gay and lesbian couples, including estate planning.
Publisher: Nolo Press
Publication Date: 2012
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Title: Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
Author/Editor: Tad Crawford
Description: Revised edition. See chapter “The Artist’s Estate.”
Publisher: Allworth Press
Publication Date: 2010
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Title: Strategies for Serious Older Artists
Author: Eric Rudd and edited by Barbara Rudd
Description: Covers the subject of what will happen to your artwork after you die, including how to upgrade and adjust your studio methods, and how to get ahead of the curve for your later years.  It offers alternatives for preserving and exhibiting your life’s work even after you die
Publisher: Cire Corporation
Publication Date: 2013
Title: The Visual Artists’ Guide to Estate Planning
Author/Editor: Karilynne Ming Ho
Description: Provides an introduction to estate planning in Canada, including all the basics; what is a living will, why artists should have a will and how it will protect their artwork and subsequent income, as well as what happens when you die; deciding what to do with your art; artists’ inventory and selling off work; charitable and planned giving; copyright; and a discussion of heirs, executors, and lawyers.
Publisher: CARFAC Ontario
Publication Date: 2007
Title: A Visual Artist’s Guide to Estate Planning
Description: Revised edition. Introduces general estate planning concepts and offers practice advice and a discussion of legal issues raised by artists. Also includes an in-depth discussion of policy and law on selected issues of estate planning. Only available online.
Publisher: Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
Publication Date: 2007


Title:” Death and Taxes: Artists and Collectors Can Save Millions Through Careful Estate Planning”
Description: An article by Nicole Martinez. Art Law Journal, February 23, 2016. 
Title: Elder Artists’ Legal Resource
Description: A collaboration of the Columbia UniversityLaw School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, the City University of New York Elder Law Clinic, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund, and the National Center for Creative Aging. The site provides information to help older artists document their work, and with a set of instruments to protect the work after the artist’s death.
Title: Estate Planing for Artists
Description: Provides basic information for artists regarding estate planning. Written by Robert H. Louis, Esq.






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