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 seniors in a participatory 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 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 recruitment, residency activities and use of facilities.

SU-CASA supports artists who are interested in engaging their communities and have experience or interest in age-friendly initiatives for older adults. Brooklyn Arts Council will only accept applications from 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. Artists may apply for up to two SU-CASA residencies.

Information for SU-CASA 2019 is forthcoming and will be posted soon. This includes the SU-CASA Application timeline, updated Guidelines, Application Instructions, Application Questions Senior Center List, FAQ’s and details for the SU-CASA Information session for artists who intend to apply for SU-CASA in Brooklyn. Information will be announced on this page, via social media and the BAC Mailing list. Click here to sign up for the mailing list and stay up to date on SU-CASA and other BAC News.

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

The 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.