Sep 09

NY’s Senior Center Artists-in-Residence-Program

A Senior Artists-in-Residence-Program…is NOT what you might think. According to Mostafa Heddaya on September 9, 2014, this is a way to “Make Aging Livable” in New York.

“There is a huge boom in the elderly population, not just in New York City but everywhere — we’re all living longer,” Kristin Sakoda said by way of introducing the importance of programs that address the “cultural, social, and economic life” of the aged. Sakoda is the program manager of one such effort: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC), a residency administered by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and funded by the Department of the Aging.

This project places artists in to live with seniors in senior centers in all five boroughs. The program, now in its fifth year, accepts applicants yearly for 50 places, one for each building, for six month residencies. Sounds like a win-win to me.

For more information on the program, please visit:


This is a super great idea…I hope it’s catching!

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