Month: July 2006



Meet a NYFA Artist: Heather Lyn MacDonald

“We don’t walk on like elderly people; we come on ready to dance, and they know it.” So says 88 year-old tap dancer Elaine Ellis during filmmaker Heather Lyn MacDonald’s new documentary Been Rich All My Life. Ellis is a member of the Silver Belles, a New York-based troupe of tap dancers now in their 80s and…

Business of Art: Essential Services for Aging Artists

Melanie Baker standing with In the Company of Men (2001). Charcoal on paper. How does a visual artist age and still remain active? What are the distinct disadvantages to being an older artist, and what are some of the behavioral patterns that might lead to such disadvantages? A group of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University…