2012 Highlights

Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide



Artist: Milteri Tucker

Media: Folkloric dance
Senior Center: Casa Boricua (Neighborhood Shopp) Senior Center






Casa Boricua seniors and Bombazo Dance Co. perform "Ayer y Hoy" (Then & Now) at the Bronx County Building. 

Photo credit Karsten Moran (left) David Zimand (right)



Artist: Yoni Oppenheim

Media: Theater
Senior Center: Riverdale YWHA Dora and Harry Simons





Yoni Oppenheim's improv group performs a humorous scene at the Riverdale Y.




Artist: Gail Sharbaan

Media: Visual arts / mixed media
Senior Center: Sister Annunciata Bethel

Senior Center





Seniors from Sister Annunciata Bethel Senior Center paint and decorate jewelry, masks and other creative works, while giving their thoughts on the project and discussing their own lives.





Artist: Michael Ferris Jr.

Media: Visual arts/mixed media
Senior Center: JASA Van Cortlandt







Seniors proudly show off their self-portraits and neighborhood drawings, made with the help of sculptor and painter Michael Ferris.



Artist: Jacqueline Flowers

Media: Choral
Senior Center: Casa Boricua









Artist: Zeretha Jenkins

Media: Performing arts
Senior Center: PSS Highbridge






Gloria Almanzar kicks off "The Show Must Go On" with an emotional poetry reading.



Artist: Jose Ortiz

Media: Folkloric music
Senior Center: Bronxworks-Heights Center






Local seniors shake to the beat of Bomba dance taught by Jose Ortiz, who leads the way on drums.



Artist: Anna Tonna

Media: Classical Music;

Music and Memory
Senior Center: Riverdale Senior Services






In "Songs My Mother Taught Me," weekly discussions with seniors at Riverdale Senior Services about music, cultural heritage, and personal memories were used to make programming choices for four live concerts performed by Anna and pianist Tristan Cano. Performances centered around holiday/seasonal themes, as well as the seniors' favorite songs.



*All other photos courtesy of the Artists.


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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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