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The Actors Fund

Performing Arts Legacy Project

An online platform to document and represent the careers of older performing arts professionals


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MAPPING THE LEGACY is our term for creating a framework to document your career.

The Mapping the Legacy Grid is a tool we have developed to help performing arts professionals take stock of their careers and to create a timeline of their work. It facilitates the process of organizing memorabilia and memories, and provides a roadmap for more in-depth documentation later on – in a sense, the grid is the narrative “backbone” of the professional’s body of work.

You, the professional, will want to articulate the moments, experiences, stories, events, productions, performances, you wish to memorialize, document, save and pass on. Asking yourself, “ What do I want to preserve/to tell/to share?” and then “What have I got? What do I need to find?” will help you begin. See our Guide to Getting Organized to get your materials in order.

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