Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Residencies in Senior Citizen Centers: An idea worth stealing.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Department for the Aging, and the City's five local arts councils have come up with an excellent program that makes sense in these economic times:

SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide.

The program consists of providing selected artists with a workspace in Senior Citizen Centers, $500 for their materials, and a stipend for putting together and running art programming for seniors. They are expected to engage the Sr. artists in a series of exhibits, open houses, and other interactions with the community. A connection between artists and seniors particularly to increase the quality of life for the latter.

Artists will be selected on a competitive basis by the local arts councils. Artists can apply on the council websites. The program is partially funded by the NEA's "Arts Our Town" grants.

We have a lot of seniors in this state, and artists. This sounds like a great idea, to bring the two together. It all began with one pilot program...

--- Luis

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