2014 Public event selected HIGHLIGHTS

Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide




Artist: Lorraine Currelly

Media: Writing & Poetry
Senior Center: JASA Dreiser Senior Center in Coop City



Project: "On the Write Path."

Seniors from JASA Dreiser Senior Center in Coop City worked with poet and writer Lorraine Currelly (left)
A dedicated group of seniors shared a love of poetry and creative writing. The result is a journal of their work, “On the Write Path. ” The artist and seniors have formed a bond and will continue meeting monthly beyond the SPARC residency.





Artist: Josie Gonzalez

Media: Painting Classes
Senior Center: North East Bronx Senior Center





Project: "Throggs Neck in Bloom "

During this twelve-session painting class series with artist-in-residence Josie Gonzalez, many of the participants were new to painting, and had a lot of fun exploring the materials. Throggs Neck in Bloom was the title of their public exhibition at the NE Bronx Neighborhood Center.





Artist: Melinda Gonzalez

Media: Bomba Classes
Senior Center: Casa Boricua SHOPP




Project: "Mi Orgullo/My Pride"

Bomba Dancer and Instructor Melinda Gonzalez pictured here with 3 of her SPARC students during their final dance presentation “Mi Orgullo/My Pride” at Casa Boricua SHOPP.




Artist: Ellen Bardekoff

Media: Music
Senior Center:
Bronx House Senior Center




Project: Concert

Musician Ellen Bardekoff leading her dedicated choral group for their final concert of 11 songs to a standing room only audience at Bronx House Senior Center.




Artist: Leona Hayward-Hull

Media: Theatre
Senior Center: Morris Innovative Senior Center





Project: "Five Historical Women"

Leona Hayward-Hull worked with a large group of seniors to bring the wonderful and original work,
“Five Historical Women” to a packed Morris Innovative Senior Center in June.





Artist: Anna Tonna

Media: Music
Senior Center: Neighborhood SHOPP Guess Senior Center




Project: "Songs my Mother Taught Me”/”Canciones de mi Terra"

Anna Tonna, Mezzo-Soprano and dedicated SPARC artist. With her seniors, she created “Songs my Mother Taught Me”/”Canciones de mi Terra” a project of music and memories at Neighborhood SHOPP Guess Senior Center.


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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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