Announcing the Updated Artist’s Legacy Toolkit

March 26, 2018

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

Dance/USA is pleased to announce a new free resource for the dance community, the updated and redesigned Artist’s Legacy Toolkit and Records Management Guide. Created by Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) and now integrated into Dance/USA’s archiving and preservation program, the Toolkit and Guide provide reliable and user-friendly advice, tools, and templates to help performing artists and their organizations save and share the records of their work. 

Created by experienced dance archivists, these resources provide guidance on such questions as: 

  • How can I begin organizing and keeping track of what I have? 
  • What are the safest ways to store physical materials? 
  • How can I tackle digitizing my old videotapes? 
  • What are the best ways to keep my digital files safe and organized? 
  • How can I make my legacy more accessible

Along with tips and advice about best practices, the Toolkit & Guide include templates that can be downloaded, adapted, and used to create inventories, labels, data sheets, and other documentation. Links take users to other vetted sources of information about digital preservation, disaster planning, and other key topics.

Check out tips on Using the Toolkit, see the index of tools on the main page, or explore the resource by clicking the photos in the main menu.

The development of these resources was supported by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact Imogen Smith, Director of Archiving & Preservation, via email or 202-833-1717 x303.

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