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Seniors Can Get Creative in the City this Summer


Participants in SPARC artist Emily Wexler’s dance program perform at the Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Parker Gard.

July 2, 2012 - SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide is a community arts engagement program placing 50 artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs. SPARC artists have engaged hundreds of seniors in a diverse range of creative projects–from dance to music and from magic to photography. Throughout the month of June and continuing throughout the summer, visit free public events at senior centers featuring artist projects as well as the work of senior participants. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the nyc.gov SPARC page for more information and to find more public events on the NYCulture Calendar.

Japanese Folk Arts Presentation
New Land Senior Center, 70 New Lane, Staten Island
July 6, 9:30-11:30am
Join the seniors of the New Lane Senior Center and SPARC artist-in-residence Hiroko Otani for an exhibition of original origami and calligraphy works and a special performance of Japanese folk dance and music.

Music Chair Boogie Performance
Benjamin Selfhelp Rosenthal Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd, Queens
July 9, 1:30pm
Dancer-choreographers Dina Denis and Adrianne Rogers and their senior participants present a performance of their dances, which use chairs for support and are inspired by yoga principles.

Fragments: From Flora to Sea
Exhibition Opening
City Hall Senior Center, 100 Gold St, Manhattan
July 12, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Fragments: From Flora to Sea is an exhibition of photographs by participants from artist-in-resident Weng San Sit’s SPARC program at City Hall Senior Center. The images are made in response to the different themes of the weekly workshop, and they represent fragments of their lives and inspirations. On the opening day, a make-shift studio will be set up for anyone to be both the photographer and the sitter.

Photography Exhibition
Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center, 75-01 Broadway, Queens
Through July 14
Artist-in-residence Alejandra Regalado and her senior participants explore the connection between objects and memories by sharing objects that are meaningful to them by presenting photographs of their items alongside photographic portraits of themselves.

Share the Stage Choral Concert
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Senior Center, 54 Nagle Avenue, Manhattan
July 22, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
The concert combines the professional singers of Underworld Productions Opera with a chorus of SPARC participants directed by Gina Crusco. Choral selections come from the Latino, Hebrew, Gospel, Quaker and musical theatre traditions. Refreshments will be served.

Sketchbook Exhibition
Stanely Isaacs Center, 415 East 93rd Street, Manhattan
July 31, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
SPARC participants from the Stanely Isaacs Center display their sketchbooks. These creative investigations include mixed-media narratives which tell a story, as well as “traditional” sketchbooks full of sketches and drawings from life. Refreshments will be served.

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