DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SPARC ARTIST RESIDENCY IN NYC SENIOR CENTERS IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

This Friday, September 30 is the deadline for applications to SPARC:
Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, a community arts engagement
program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the
five boroughs of New York City. Applications should be sent to the local
arts council in each borough. See below for more information, including
links to SPARC applications.

August 31, 2011

Media Advisory for Listings

http://www.nyc.gov/culture

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Announces

Call for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide

Competitive Residency Program will place up to 50 Artists in Senior
Centers across the Five Boroughs

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs today announced a Call
for Artists for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, a
community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at
senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The
competitive program will provide selected artists with access to
workspace in senior centers and a stipend in exchange for the creation
and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Participating seniors will
be engaged in an art project or series of cultural programs over the
course of the residency, which will also include a public program
component – a series of exhibits, open houses and other cultural
interactions open to the surrounding community. This initiative seeks to
connect artists with seniors in senior centers and positively impact the
well-being of seniors through arts-based activities.

Artists will be selected for SPARC residencies through a competitive
application process managed by the local arts councils 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. Starting today, application materials and
guidelines are available on the local arts council websites. The
deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2011.

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, and previously ran as a successful pilot called Space for Art.
This initiative was developed as part of Age friendly NYC, a citywide
effort to make the City more livable for seniors. The program is
supported, in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts
Our Town grant program.

To download the application, please click on the links to the websites
of the local arts councils below.

Bronx Council on the Arts <http://www.bronxarts.org/sparc.asp>

Brooklyn Arts Council
<http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/1751>

Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island
<http://www.statenislandarts.org/aie-sparc.html>

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council <http://www.lmcc.net/news/story/sparc/>

Queens Council on the Arts
<http://queenscouncilarts.org/sparc-2010-2011-application/>

For more information visit http://www.nyc.gov/culture.

Photo Caption: Off The Wall, Arnold Wechsler (age 82). Image courtesy of
gallery 307, Carter Burden Center for the Aging

Photo Credit: Sonia J. Lessuck

For media inquiries contact:

Danai Pointer / Ryan Max (212) 513-9322

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