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Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide

 

 
Highlights from the 2015 SPARC Season

2015 SPARC Artists

1st Row: Dr .Emelise Aleandri, Wallace Boyd, Margo Brooks.

2nd Row: Martin Delossantos, Martine Fougeron, Josie Gonzalez.

3rd Row: Leona Hull, Irenio Dos Santos, Anna Tonna.

 

With support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), the Bronx Council on the Arts selected nine artists for the 2015 Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC). These talented Bronx artists delivered arts programming to Bronx seniors centers across our borough. These local artists provided a fun and interactive atmosphere for seniors to acquire creative skills, ranging from theater to acting to Brazilian dancing, and more.

 

A collaboration among DCA, DFTA and the city’s local arts councils, SPARC, 2015 marking its fifth year, matches artists with senior centers throughout the city. The program provides artists with a stipend and access to workspace in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming. This year, nine projects in the Bronx brought joy to seniors and unleashed their untapped talents.

 

Leona Hull, Margo Brooks and Dr. Emelise Aleandri teach theater. Hull utilized acting techniques, vocal preparation and dance to create a “Senior Theatrical Project at Sister Annunciata Bell. Brooks directed a living museum based on work created by senior participants at Bronxworks Morris. Dr. Aleandri presented a variety show utilizing a variegated mosaic: musical, declamatory, pantomime, comic through monologues and short skits at Bronx House.

 

Wallace Boyd taught creative writing to participants at the Riverdale Y, while at JASA Co-op City Anna Tonna introduced choral technique in her work “Songs My Mother Taught Me” through which participants explored and experienced the correlation between songs and personal memories through moderated talks and worksheets. Seniors attended two master classes and live concerts.

 

Visual artist Martine Fougeron utilized current technology with participants at PEP for Seniors to create self-portraits. Martin Delossantos taught painting by directing participants in a communal mural and central wall art installation at Neighborhood Shopp Leon Senior Center. Josie Gonzalez introduced a painting class series coupled with mixed media and sculpture to present an overall exploration of visual arts to RAIN Nereid.

 

With the vibrant, colorful and rhythmic Brazilian Music and ballroom dance, Irenio Dos Santos instructed participants in a fun and exhilarating production in “Dancing Our Stories” where lessons grew through visits with middle school students developing into a documentary based on the lives and stories of the seniors at Casa Boricua.

Check the SPARC page of the Bronx Council on the Arts, www.bronxarts.org/sparc.asp, for highlights of completed projects and a schedule of remaining events that are open to all.

 

SPARC is a collaboration among the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and the City's five local arts councils situated in each borough – Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. It was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors, and previously ran as a successful pilot called Space for Art. The program is supported, in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Information: Contact Sabrina Cedeño at Sabrina@bronxarts.org or Ellen Pollan at Ellen@bronxarts.org.

 

2015 SENIOR CENTER FACILITIES LIST FOR THE BRONX

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

                
 

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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!


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

 

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