LEIMAY Meeting Points: SPARC Performance, creating work with seniors

Ximena Garnica is proud to be part of the SPARC program. Over the past three months, Ximena led a group of seniors on a journey to create an original performance work. Their movement based poetic performance reflects on cycles of life, nostalgia, and the laughter of life. Please come to experience this journey with us. Performance is 15 minutes long, DJ party to follow.

Friday June 20 at 1:00pm
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center
319 Stanhope Street
(between Wyckoff Avenue and Irving Avenues.Closest train  “L” train get off at DeKalb)

Free Admission

SPARC, Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, 
is a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend and access to workspace in senior centers in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Selected artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, which will also include a public program component – a series of exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.

This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers and aims to positively impact the well-being of seniors through arts-based activities.  Senior centers seek to place artists who are sensitive to the needs of seniors and who are interested in engaging their communities.  Each senior center is unique and offers access to different types of spaces, resources and communities.  Selected artists will work with the senior center where they are placed to further refine project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and use of facilities.

SPARC is a collaboration among the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) 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 2014 SPARC program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging.