Preserving the artist's heritage

Senior Artists Initiative educates senior artists in the Philadelphia region about the management and preservation of their artistic heritage and estate issues.

Guiding Principles

1. Promote understanding of the purpose and process of organizing an artist's work.
2. Educate artists and others about estate issues concerning art.
3. Document and publish oral histories of recognized senior artists and their work.
4. Increase the visibility of senior artists and their work.
5. Educate the public about the legacy of recognized Philadelphia region artists.


SAI began its public activity in 1998 with a series of panel discussions that informed artists about need to and benefit of organizing their art and the legal and tax issues faced by artists and heirs.  The events were held at the Esther Klein Art Gallery, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Woodmere Art Museum. Guidelines for Senior Artists, now in its third printing, was the material result of those programs. 

Over the years, SAI has grown in both achievement and stature as an educational nonprofit serving the needs of senior artists.  SAI's produces seminars, publications, and oral history videos of prominent senior artists to help preserve the Philadelphia Region's artistic heritage.

SAI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has no membership. It is supported by foundation grants, institutional sponsorship, and individual donations.  Contributions to SAI are tax deductible.  All the members of its Board of Directors are volunteers.  It has no paid employees.