Quilts can link to a family’s heritage; symbolize the union and expression of different cultures, bonds of love, comfort and commitment. They are the medium for storytelling stitched into every segment. As part of the SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) program, we are 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 that resonates for them. All the final pieces will be assembled at SNAP ISC of Eastern Queens into one "Soul Quilt" in a poignant ceremony to honor the members' stories and reflections.
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. Through the program, 50 artists will provide creative programming for seniors at 48 centers in 2013, presenting free public events displaying a diverse 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 supported, in part, by funding from the Department for the Aging.
For more information about SPARC, visit www.nyc.gov/culture.
Visit our project on Facebook at: SPARC/The Soul Quilt Project