Call for Artists – SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide


NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Call for Artists – SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide


SPARC : Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide is a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Selected artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, which will also include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses, or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.  Now in its 4th year, this initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors and to positively impact the well-being of older adults through art-based activities.Artists will be selected for SPARC residencies through a competitive application process managed by local arts councils in each borough – Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Council on the Arts and Staten Island Arts. Previous SPARC artists-in-residence are eligible to reapply but artists are limited to serving no more than two consecutive years in a particular senior center. 


The application deadline is Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5 PM.

Applications are available on the local arts councils’ websites. Each arts council will also host an information session in their respective borough. Artists may only apply to work in one borough; applicants should apply to the council located in the borough where they’re interested in working. Artists proficient in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian and other languages spoken at the City’s senior centers are encouraged to apply.

For more information on SPARC, visit To download the application, please click on the links to the websites of the local arts councils below.


SPARC is a collaboration of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and five of the City’s local arts councils.

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