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 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 seniors 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.

SU-CASA application opens on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

The deadline to apply has been extended to Saturday, November 25, 2017

Applicants will be notified of their application status and, if selected, which senior center they will work with, by the end of December 2017. Residencies will take place between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. A Kick-Off for selected artists, organizations and senior centers will be held in January 2018. 


SU-CASA Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Senior Centers List 2018

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SU-CASA Artist Application Questions 2018

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2018 SU-CASA Application FAQ’s

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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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM

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

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

The 2018 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.