Queens Council on the Arts is pleased to announce SPARC for 2015 Call to Artists Applications will be released on September 3rd, 2014

Queens, NY -Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend 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 over the course of the residency, which must also include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, 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.queens

Artists will be selected for SPARC through a competitive application process. A call for applications has been released for the SPARC 2014-2015 program and will be available on the Queens Council on the Arts website for all artists interested in working with a senior center in the borough of Queens. Artists interested in a SPARC residency with a senior center in another borough are encouraged to visit the website of that borough’s local arts council for application materials and guidelines. The submission deadline is September 30th, 2014.


SPARC Info Session

September 16, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Avenue, Entrance on 37th Street
Astoria NY 11101

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SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Department for the Aging and five of the City’s local arts councils situated in each borough – Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Staten Island Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. SPARC began in 2012 and was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the city more livable for seniors.

For more information and to view the application on September 3rd, please visit http://queenscouncilarts.org/sparc/

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