Creating for the Future: Cataloging and Estate Planning for the Artist

presented by WPA’s Professional Practices program

Date: January 19, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Brentwood Art Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, First Floor, Brentwood, MD 20722.
To Attend: The workshop is free, but RSVP is mandatory. To attend, send your RSVP to WPA
Membership Manager Christopher Cunetto at or call 202.234.7103 x 2.

Join WPA and Gateway Community Development Corporation, along with lecturers John
Paradiso of Gateway Arts Center and Joan Jeffri of the Research Center for Arts and Culture in a participatory lecture on how and why to catalog your work and where to begin when planning an artist’s estate. Learn how standard practices in cataloging and estate planning can supplement the well‐being and career of the artist at any age and career level, and see how both can strengthen the vibrancy of the artist’s legacy. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the different techniques and software used for inventorying work to aid in sales and tax processes. Paradiso and Jeffri bring their first‐hand experiences to the discussion, presenting the relevant practices and specialized knowledge that will leave attendees and artists of all ages with clear direction on how to implement strategies in planning and creating for the future.

John Paradiso was the studio and personal assistant to the late Robert D. Farber in New York City from 1992‐1995. During that time he assisted the artist in following the Estate Projects Guidelines for Artists with AIDS as they planned his estate before his death in 1995. After Farber’s Death, John became the Director of The Robert D. Farber Foundation (1995‐2000) where he worked with a board of directors to realize the wishes of the artist. These wishes included distributing Farber’s work to as many institutions as possible, AIDS hospices, hospitals and prominent permanent collections as well as provide funding for AIDS research institutions and other organizations dealing with the cultural impact of AIDS. John currently works for the Gateway Community Development Corporation as their Arts Programming and Facility Manager at the Gateway Arts Center and the 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland and maintains an active studio practice of his own.

Joan Jeffri is the Director and Founder of the Research Center for the Arts and Culture now at the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington DC. She is the creator and Director of ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, an interdisciplinary, inter‐generational, inter‐professional national project to help document the work of older professional artists. She is the author of two recent studies on aging professional artists: Still Kicking and Above Ground. Jeffri served on the national task force for artists’ health care and insurance for the National Endowment for the Arts, as President of the Board of the International Arts‐Medicine Association; on the Advisory Board of the Cultural Policy and National Data Archive at Princeton University. She has taught and consulted in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Qatar and Russia.

This program is presented in collaboration with Gateway Community Development Corporation.

About Gateway CDC
Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mt. Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. Gateway CDC is a 501c3 non‐profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George’s County, Maryland. For more information about the Gateway CDC, please visit

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