Making Aging Livable: New York’s Senior Center Artists-in-Residence Program

Our friends at Hyperallergic recently featured SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide — if you’re curious about this program and interested in working in a Manhattan senior center in 2015, make sure to apply via LMCC by September 30!

The initiative, which brings artists into New York City’s senior centers, is entering its fourth year, with a call for proposals due at the end of September. The six-month residency places 50 teaching and practicing artists in as many senior centers across the five boroughs, and last year attracted applications from 130 artists…

Begun with a pilot in 2010 that saw 12 artists in residence at nine senior centers, the program received $200,000 in National Endowment for the Arts funding the following year to expand the program to its present size. Since 2012, however, it has been funded by the City’s Department for the Aging and run under the auspices of the DCA, bringing practitioners ranging from chefs to choreographers into municipally backed senior centers.

Though the focus is on delivering a program for resident seniors, some artists have been able to develop independent projects based on their participation in SPARC. “Working with seniors very much had a reciprocal effect on the artists’ practices,” Ryan Max, deputy director of external affairs at the DCA, said.

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