Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City.

This program is administered by BAC Arts in Education.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2014

SPARC, Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide 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 – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.  

Read more about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application guidelines in the Arts in Education section of our site.

Questions? Please contact Philip Alexander, Arts in Education Director at 718.625.0080 x234 or

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, Staten Island Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. SPARC began in 2012 and was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors. In 2015, SPARC is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging.

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is proud to be part of this program on behalf of the borough of Brooklyn.