2013 Public event HIGHLIGHTS

Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide




Artist: Lisa Kahane

Media: Photography & visual art
Senior Center: PEP for Seniors




Project: "Photography and Autobiography Workshop"

Through field trips and hands-on instruction, seniors acquired technical skills and learned how photography could validate both past and future experiences. At a public event in the center’s garden, seniors shared new photos of nature and local surroundings as well as old photos taken from their trips around the world.

Pictured (l-r): Dammika Ranasinghe (with her husband), Joseph Malave, Shirley Skeete, Idella Goodman.





Artist: Jose Ortiz

Media: Folkloric music (bomba)
Senior Center: Bronxworks-Heights Center




Project: "Generation to Generation"

"Generation to Generation" was a rhythmic preservation of Puerto Rican tradition and culture. On June 26, Jose Ortiz aka "Dr. Drum" and his seniors presented a live performance of "bomba" --  a combination of folkloric drum, song and dance.






Artist: Ruben Cruz

Media: Filmmaking
Senior Center: Bronx
Works Morris Innovative Senior Center





Project: "Bronxerella"

"Bronxerella" is a community short film starring BronxWorks Morris ISC seniors. Exiled in America, Cinderella and her family now live in the Bronx. On her 50th wedding anniversary, Cinderella discovers what it means to live Happily Ever After. It is a story of overcoming adversity and living a new life in a new country.





Artist: Josie Gonzalez

Media: Ceramics
Senior Center:
Kips Bay Castle Hill Senior Center




Project: Ceramics Workshop Series

The crafty creations of the Kips Bay seniors were on display June 20. Colorful and original cups, jars, plaques and sculptures in this exhibit showcased a variety of hand building and glazing techniques.




Artist: Gina Clark

Media: Literary & visual arts
Senior Center: Sister Annunciata Bethel Senior Center




Project: "The Wealth of Elder Wisdom"

“The Wealth of Elder Wisdom” used video and written documentation to preserve stories of old. Seniors proudly shared memories of childhood, their families and personal experiences such as war stories.






Artist: Oriolla Mary Wedgeworth-Maakheru

Media: Visual and performing arts
Senior Center: RAIN Boston East




Project: "Stories Near and Far"

Guided by expert storyteller (Oriolla) Mary Wedgeworth-Maakheru, seniors passed on personal and cultural histories in a public event forum. Poetry, song, dance, collage and fabric painting were some of the ways they expressed their stories.






Artist: Milteri Tucker

Media: Folkloric music (bomba)
Senior Center:
Neighborhood SHOPP Casa Boricua





Project: "Memorias: Poetry in Motion"

Milteri Tucker, her Bombazo Dance Co. and Casa Boricua seniors brought poetry to life! With live percussive music, they performed dances inspired by familiar Puerto Rican poets and playwrights. Incorporating Bombazo's latest production LERO, the dance fused traditional bomba with modern dance.





Artist: Toni Renee Johnson

Media: Jazz music/dance
Senior Center: Dreiser Senior Center





Project: Jazz Music and Dance Exploration

On May 14, seniors from Co-Op City's Dreiser Senior Center showed off the moves they learned from jazz dancer Toni Renee Johnson and assistant Lauren Serrano.





Artist: Laura Alvarez

Media: Mixed media
Senior Center: Neighborhood SHOPP Leon Senior Center




                                                      Project: "Ink Blot Magic"35 Ea 735 East 15252nd StreetBronx, NY 10455

On April 22 it was time for some "Ink Blot Magic." Seniors showcased their imagination in colorful and creative ink blots, and they recited original stories that the ink blots inspired.


*All photos courtesy of the Artists.


For additional information
about the SPARC guidelines, call 718-931-9500 x20

SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and the City's five local arts councils situated in each borough – Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, 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 in 2011-2012 after a successful pilot called Space for Art in 2009. The 2012-2013 SPARC program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging.


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