Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide


Program Announcement for Interested Artists                

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) announces a Call for Artists who would like to be part of the SPARC 2015 program. 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.


There will be nine residencies in the Bronx at the following locations: Bronx House Weinberg NSC (990 Pelham Pkwy South), Bronxworks Morris ISC (80 E 181 St), Casa Boricua (910 E 172 St), JASA Coop City (2049 Bartow Ave), N Shopp Leon (735 E 152 St), PEP for Seniors NORC (1525 Unionport Rd), Rain Nereid (720 Nereid Ave), Riverdale YM-YWHA (5625 Arlington Ave) and Sister Annunciata Bethell (243 E 204 St).


The program provides artists with 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 ─ exhibits, readings, performances, open houses and other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.


Artists are selected through a competitive application process. The guidelines, application and information for SPARC 2015 can be found above. Artists interested in working with a center in another borough should visit the website of that borough’s local arts council for application materials and guidelines.

Information: Contact Sabrina Cedeño at or Ellen Pollan at




Bronxworks Morris ISC

80 East 181st Street, Bronx, 10453

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Languages spoken: Spanish

 Sister Annunciata Bethell

243 East 204th St, Bronx, 10458

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Bronx House Weinberg NSC

990 Pelham Pkwy South, Bronx, 10461

Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Languages spoken: Spanish, Italian & Albanian


JASA Coop City

2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, 10475

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Casa Boricua

910 East 172nd St, Bronx, 10460

Hours: M-F 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Languages spoken: Spanish

N Shopp Leon

735 East 152nd Street, Bronx, 10455

Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Languages spoken: Spanish


Rain Nereid

720 Nereid Avenue, Bronx, 10466

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Riverdale Y NSC

5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, 10471

Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

PEP for Seniors NORC SSP

1525 Unionport Road, Bronx, 10462

Hours: M-F 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM








For additional information
about the SPARC guidelines,

call 718-931-9500 x24


Check out Sabrina Cedeno, on BronxNet OPEN Show with Rhina Valentin, Speaking about the ArtsFund Grant!


Selected HIghLIghts

From SPARC 2014


from SPARC 2013

highlights from sparc 2012

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. The 2013-2014 SPARC program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging.


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