Seniors Get Creative in the City This Summer

Attendees at a 2012 SPARC public program in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Lee Johnson.
June 3, 2013 - 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 filmmaking and dance to photography and illustration. Throughout the month of June, 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 for more information and to find more public events on the NYCulture Calendar.

Film Screening - "Bronxerella"
Bow Tie Cinemas American Theater
1450 East Avenue, Bronx
June 12, 2013, 10am
"Bronxerella" is a short film starring BronxWorks Morris ISC seniors made as part of SPARC artist-in-residence Ruben Cruz’s program. Exiled in America, Cinderella and her family now live in the Bronx. On her 50th wedding anniversary, Cinderella discovers what it means to live Happily Ever After. It is a story of overcoming adversity and living a new life in a new country.

Seniors and the City: Bodies of Knowledge
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th Street, Manhattan
June 14, 2013, 7pm
Our bodies have been through it all: the aches and pains of aging, the heartbeats of success, the swoons of falling in love. Join us as we explore the funny and poetic histories of our health in “Seniors and the City: Bodies of Knowledge,” a performance piece created and performed by St. Peter's Church senior center members led by SPARC artist-in-residence and director Julie Kline and oral historian Liza Zapol - using song, performance, recorded sound and movement.

Final Dance Performance
JASA Scheuer House of Coney Island Senior Center
3601 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
June 27, 2013, 12pm

SPARC artist-in-residence Emily Wexler and the senior citizens of the Scheuer Center in Coney Island have made a new dance performance to be premiered at their newly renovated Center. By creating movement and gestures developed through their personal histories, the performers will share their project and uplift the spirits of their neighbors and friends who have survived and are working to rebuild their community.

Illustration Exhibition
Selfhelp Latimer Gardens
34-30 137 St., Queens
June 28, 2013, 10am

Exhibition of illustrations that seniors have made in this drawing workshop lead by SPARC artist-in-residence Chung Han Chen will be on display. The class began with simple techniques - drawing basic shapes and simple still lives - and has advanced to more complex subjects.
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