Seniors Partnering with Artists

Submitted by ub on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 09:48

Fresh off another successful season of Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC), the program is back for 2013-2014 and is now accepting artist applications.

SPARC places artists-in-residence at senior centers across New York City. If you're an artist of ANY genre who would like to inspire creativity at a local senior center, this program is just for you.

Artists receive a stipend and access to workspace in senior centers in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Selected artists will engage seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs during the residency, which must also include a public program component that will be open to the surrounding community.

To get a better idea of what SPARC is about, click here for photo and video highlights of the 2012-2013 program in the Bronx. Each of the borough's nine projects brought joy to seniors and unleashed their artistic talents. Every year, many Bronx centers also present an opportunity for Spanish-speaking artists to conduct projects of Latin culture.

Bronx Council on the Arts is seeking applications from NYC residents (of any borough) who want to work with a Bronx senior center. Artists are selected through a competitive application process.

See for the Guidelines, Application, and details on the September 12th Q&A session.

Apply by September 30, 2013 and help us put a "SPARC" in the lives of Bronx seniors!

SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and the City's five local arts councils situated in each borough – Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. The 2013-2014 SPARC program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging.