Masters /Apprentice / Preservation
APPRENTICE / PRESERVATION a Non-profit FOUNDATION
is established to aid disabled and aging artist of all types.
There are a tremendous number of
creative and talented, people that are going unnoticed and fading away into
obscurity. Their lives and their work may be lost forever. They have either
encountered an accident or disease that has left them disabled, or simply by age
have found themselves unable to compete in today’s market. They may not be able
to drive or work long hours. They may receive some sort of Social Security or
Retirement but not enough to pay their utility bills and buy groceries at the
same time. They may not have enough resources to hire someone to help them do
the simplest of task. Or they do not have the resources time and ability to
navigate the internet and computer technology. They still have their creative
source from with in and the ability to produce wonderful works that may never be
appreciated or sold. This creates a Need that
should to be addressed and served.
It is our
Mission and Goal to help assist Artist of
all types: Painters, Print Makers, Sculptors, Writers and Songwriters, Musicians
We are using imagination to create a
plan and a road map of how to get from one point to another in life’s journey.
We are creating a strong, viable foundation to build on and grow with time and
technology. We are working to preserve artist’s lives and works by documenting
them with today’s digital technology.
is to network with local Educational Communities and offer them a program for
their students to Apprentice under established
artist. They can work for these Masters and earn
scholastic credits. This will give them a chance of a life time to work with and
for the Masters on a one to one basis. This is a
valuable resource to build their personal contacts and resumes.
This is a time proven method that the
old Masters created thousands of years ago, before
there were schools, colleges and government programs. They used
Apprentices / students that they trained to aid and
assist them in their work. With this help they could accomplish far more than
just trying to do everything by themselves. In turn a balance is created where
the students learned their craft or art directly from their
Masters. The Master’s
creative genius and talents are used to stimulate, inspire and teach their
Apprentices. They often started out sweeping floors
and running errands and performing other menial task. This was a trade of time
and their energy to learn the tools and techniques of their
Master / teachers. It enables them to learn how to
buy supplies, deal with clients and patrons to sell their art. Apprentices
develop the necessary business skills in marketing and public relations. They
learn to keep books and records for taxes, etc. and run a small business from
the ground up.
This program can form interactive
scholastic clubs with art students, computer science, marketing students and
business majors. This project also incorporates legal scholars. They are
encouraged to work together and develop strategies to research and develop
existing businesses and build new businesses while they earn credits and help
themselves, as well as their entire communities, by helping their mentor/
Masters. This can be an inner scholastic
competition as well.
This test program of interactive
student / Apprentices will be documented and
recorded as a guideline or map for MAP to be passed
down to other students.
An easy to access internet website
will be dedicated to this effort to establish MAP as a resource to help disabled
and aging artist. This network resource will provide links to other foundations
for assisted living through out the communities.
Once the MAP Non-Profit Foundation is
fully established and operational it will be operated by student / Apprentices,
under the direction of the foundation administrators and guidelines.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein
It is the
Mission and Goal of
M.A.P. to help Artists
become more independent and self sufficient. This is not a hand out...but rather
a hand up. Everyone in the community may benefit from this program.
Help driving to: banks, groceries stores, general supplies,
Help for doctor appointments and getting pharmacy prescriptions
Help with meals
Help with cleaning and laundry
Help with household or home repairs and maintenance
Help in cleaning their studios and doing other chores to free
up the artist so they may spend their time and energy on creating work and
Help driving to: Purchase Art supplies and other items pertaining to their
Help driving to: Clients and galleries etc.
Help find the artist Agents to represent their works.
Help setting up shows, exhibits and running them. ,
Help getting their work to galleries and shops and other venues to sell their
Help in digitally photographing the artist’s works and transferring the
information to digital Disc to document and preserve their work.
Help in creating and running Artist websites on the internet and linking them
with other artist, artist agents, galleries and exhibitions.
Assisted Preservation Program
Help to tape record or digitally record their life stories.
To collect and organize their piles of paper and notebooks and journals to make
a chronological record of their life and their accomplishments, works created,
shows, sales, clients list etc.
This information maybe digitally mastered and compiled into digital books, that
take little capitol to produce and store. They may be down loaded for sale on
the internet world wide market, or sold as digital books that may be sent out
thru the post office. At later dates the information is there to transfer into
printed books that may be marketed thru a publishing company and book stores
The images are also preserved in a larger format file that may be used to create
markets in printing items from post cards and small posters to large sized
limited edition prints. Market will also be researched in industry for any other
application that may be applicable to use the artist work for commercial
and architectural purposes. Examples: such as magazine and book publication and
onward to reproduction of their work on textiles or other items.
I look forward to working and collaborating with you on this exciting project,
which has been a vision in my mind since I became disabled with Multiple
Sclerosis in 1990. As a young artist, I received my training and education by
apprenticing to and working with masters such as Arthur Boles, Louis and Elsie
Freund, Glen Gant, Tommy Thomas, and others. It was and is the very best way to
learn the art business. These wonderful artist and friends, I studied under have
all passed on. Now I find myself as the old master and I want to help others.
MAP is working in cooperation with and linked to
the ARTERY, a non-profit foundation under the umbrella of the National Heritage
Family’s Congressional District Program -- empowering people to help people.
The ARTERY is based in Eureka Springs Arkansas and currently represents
seventy-two artists, from Arkansas and neighboring states. Several of the
artists are disabled, yet still create wonderful works of art.
You may see some of their work at