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Quilts can link to a family’s heritage\; symbolize the union and expression of different cultures\, bonds of love\, comfort and commitm ent.  They are the medium for storytelling stitched into every segment. As part of the SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) program\, we a re collaborating with senior citizens on a mixed media visual arts project: “The Soul Quilt.” Each participating member creates an individual "quilt" piece working in the medium of his or her choice\, reflecting on a theme th at resonates for them. All the final pieces will be assembled at SNAP ISC o f Eastern Queens into one "Soul Quilt" in a poignant ceremony to honor the members' stories and reflections.

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Seniors Partnering with Artists C itywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement program that places artists‐ in‐residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. T hrough the program\, 50 artists will provide creative programming for senio rs at 48 centers in 2013\, presenting free public events displaying a diver se array of projects this spring and summer. SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs\, the Department for the Aging and five of the City's local arts councils. The program was developed in 2009 as part of the Mayor’s Age‐Friendly NYC initiative\, and is suppor ted\, in part\, by funding from the Department for the Aging.

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 For more information about SPARC\, visit www.nyc.gov/culture.

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Visit our project on Facebook at: SPARC/The Soul Quilt Project

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