Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide


Program Announcement for Interested Artists

The Bronx Council on the Arts is pleased to announce SPARC for 2014! 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 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. Click here to see photo and video highlights of the 2013 SPARC program.

Artists are selected through a competitive application process. The guidelines and application for SPARC 2014 have been posted below, for artists interested in working with a senior center in the Bronx. 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. The submission deadline is September 30, 2013. Spanish-speaking artists are especially encouraged to apply.

A Q&A session for all interested artists is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at 5:30pm. It will take place in room 209 – the John Rochester Thomas Room, on the second floor of the offices of the Department of Cultural Affairs at 31 Chambers Street.

For more information, contact Ellen Pollan at or 718-931-9500 x24.

Note: Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader XI) installed on your computer, in order to fill out, save and e-mail the cover sheet portion of the application. The program is free and takes just minutes to install. Click here to download.

If you still have trouble saving the cover sheet, then you should fill it out, print it, scan it, and e-mail it with the rest of your application.






Bronxworks Innovative Senior Center

80 East 181st Street, Bronx, 10453

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Language preference/needs: Spanish

 Bronx House Neighborhood Center

990 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, 10461

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Language preference/needs: Spanish

Neighborhood SHOPP Guess Senior Center

2070 Clinton Avenue, Bronx, 10457

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Language preference/needs: Spanish

PSS Highbridge Neighborhood Center

1181 Nelson Ave, 2nd Floor, Bronx, 10452

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Language preference/needs: Spanish

Bronx Works-Heights Neighborhood Senior Center

200 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx, 10453

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Language preference/needs: Spanish

Northeast Bronx Neighborhood Center

2968 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, 10465

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Riverdale Senior Services

2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, 10463

Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Neighborhood Shopp Casa Boriqua

     910 E 172nd St., Bronx, NY 10460

     Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

     Language Preferences/Needs: Spanish

JASA Dreiser Senior Center

177 Dreiser Loop, Bronx, 10475

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM








For additional information
about the SPARC guidelines,

call 718-931-9500 x24



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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