Arts Programs for Seniors (formerly known as SPARC)


SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and arts organizations in residence at senior centers across Brooklyn. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. Selected artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency. Each residency will also include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community. This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers to positively impact the well-being of older adults through direct engagement in arts-based activities.

SU-CASA supports artists and organizations who are sensitive to the needs of older adults and who are interested in engaging their communities. Each senior center is unique and offers access to different types of spaces and resources. Selected artists will work with the senior center where they are placed to further refine project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and use of facilities.

Brooklyn Arts Council will accept applications from individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Brooklyn only.

Individual artists-in-residence will receive a stipend in the amount 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 residencies.

Download the SU-CASA Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Senior Centers List for detailed application information. Then submit your application here.

Deadline to apply: Friday, November 18, 2016

Applicants will be notified of their application status and, if selected, which senior center they will work with, by the end of December 2016. Residencies will take place between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. A Kick-Off for selected artists, organizations and senior centers will be held in January 2017. 



RSVP here *capacity is limited

Get an overview of SU-CASA and learn about the components of a well-prepared application. This information session is suggested and not required. You should only attend this session if you are an individual artist who intends to apply for the SU-CASA program in Brooklyn.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Brooklyn Arts Council, 20 Jay Street Suite 616, Brooklyn NY 11201


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

The 2017 SU-CASA program is funded by the New York City Council. It is a collaboration among the City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Brooklyn Arts Council. The program expands on SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), which ran from 2012-2015 and was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide initiative to make the City more livable for seniors.