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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Sets New Application Deadline for SPARC, 11/9


The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs today announced that the Call for Artists deadline for SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide has been extended until Friday, November 9, 2012, 5PM. Phones at 31 Chambers Street are not working currently, so please contact agency staff via email. If you do not have the email address for a particular staff person, please call (718) 729-2001.

About SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Department for the Aging will offer a second year of SPARC: Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, a community arts engagement program that places 50 artists in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs. Artists selected through the program’s competitive application process will receive a stipend and access to workspace in senior centers in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Artist residencies for the 2013 SPARC program will take place in select senior centers from January through June 2013.

SPARC is a collaboration among the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and five of the City's local Arts Councils—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 initiative started by Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York Academy of Medicine to make New York more livable for the City’s growing population of older adults.

The deadline to submit all application components for SPARC to local Arts Councils has been extended through Friday, November 9, 2012, 5PM. To access the SPARC Call for Artists application visit or visit the website of the local Arts Council to which you are applying. Please note that due to server connection issues following Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Cultural Affairs is unable to update its homepage with the new deadline.

For questions about the SPARC deadline extension, contact

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