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Six Artists Selected for the 2015-2016 New York City Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the six artists selected for the 2015-2016 New York City Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program.

Devraj Dakoji, New York, NY
Marcos Dimas, New York, NY
Ted Kurahara, New York, NY
Joe Overstreet, New York, NY
Christy Rupp, New York, NY
Tara Sabharwal, New York, NY

Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) is an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation designed to provide support to mid-career and established artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving, and inventory management, and through this work create comprehensive and usable documentation of their artworks and careers. Emerging artists are trained by the Foundation as Legacy Specialists to work with the CALL artists on their documentation.

Since 2007, the Foundation has been developing programs and granting initiatives that support the unique and valued legacies of individual visual artists. The Foundation and its partners in the CALL Program seek to raise awareness and promote a national dialogue around the importance and process of documenting the diverse cultural histories of individual artists. Through the CALL program, artists ensure that their legacies will last into perpetuity preserved in their own voices, while simultaneously expanding opportunities for career advancement.

This fall, the Foundation will work with a group of artists nominated by local cultural institutions and art organizations based in New York City. The organizations have been selected as nominators based on their strong relationships with a diverse group of visual artists and their commitment to preserving the rich histories of contemporary artists in the New York City area.

The Foundation plans to continue expanding the CALL program in the years to come, through creative partnerships that produces tools and resources to assist artists in protecting and their cultural legacies. In early 2015, with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, the Foundation released “Creating A Lasting Legacy: Estate Planning Workbook for Visual Artists,” a free resource guide developed to aid mature artists in planning for their estates. This fall, the Foundation will also partner with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA) to develop “Creating A Living Legacy: Artist’s Voice Program,” a series of panel discussions featuring artists that have completed the CALL program. Focused webinars and further outreach materials will be developed during the fall and in the coming year.

About the Joan Mitchell Foundation
Established in 1993, the Joan Mitchell Foundation is an artist-endowed non-profit organization. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society. Through the CALL program, the Foundation seeks to acknowledge a diverse group of artists making work of exceptional quality, who will benefit from the recognition, support and career documentation services that the program provides.

For more information on the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the CALL program, including a list of participating artists, please visit

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz
Artist Support Manager

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