Arts Programs for Seniors


SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists in residence at senior centers across Brooklyn. SU-CASA artists engage older adults in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency. Each residency also includes a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural events open to the surrounding community.

This initiative seeks to connect artists with older adults to positively impact the well-being of older adults through direct engagement in arts-based activities. Each senior center is unique and offers access to different types of spaces and resources. Prior to the beginning of their residency, SU-CASA artists will collaborate with the administrators of their assigned senior center to further refine project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and use of facilities.

SU-CASA supports artists who are sensitive to the needs of older adults and who are interested in engaging their communities. Brooklyn Arts Council will only accept applications from individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Brooklyn.

Individual artists-in-residence receive a stipend of $4,500, an additional $1,000 materials/supplies budget, and access to materials and supplies from Materials for the Arts. Individual artists can apply directly to participate in the program without a fiscal sponsor. Artists may apply for up to two SU-CASA residencies. Residencies will take place between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019. 

Deadline to apply: Monday, December 10th, 2018 at 9:00 am

SU-CASA Application Update, December 21: Due to a record number of applications, we are facing delays notifying artists of their status. As the BAC offices are closed Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st, many artists will not be informed untill the first week of January. The program orientations for selected artists and senior centers will take place on Monday, January 7th at 5:00pm and Thursday, January 17th at 10:00am. We apologize for this unforeseen delay and appreciate your patience.

SU-CASA Supplemental Materials:

2019 SU-CASA Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Senior Centers List

2019 SU-CASA Artist Application Questions

2019 SU-CASA Application FAQs

QUESTIONS? Please contact Wéma Harris, Arts in Education Manager at 718.625.0080 x231 or

The 2019 SU-CASA program is funded by the New York City Council. It is a collaboration among the City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Brooklyn Arts Council.