Study of Aging Artists in NYC & LA Finds Performing Arts 62+ to Be Engaged, Productive and Not Retired


NEW YORK ,NY.- A new study by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, launched today at Frederick P. Rose Hall, finds that aging artists are models for society – especially as the workforce changes to accommodate multiple careers and baby boomers enter the retirement generation. Evidence for this claim is provided in the first needs assessment of aging performing artists in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas now available in the RCAC report: STILL KICKING – Aging Performing Artists in NYC & LA Metro Areas: Information on Artists IV. The study is the first of its kind to understand how performing artists – who often reach artistic maturity and artistic satisfaction as they age – are supported and integrated within their communities, and how their network structures change over time. It complements the RCAC’s 2007 study of aging visual artists, publ