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. 

The deadline for the 2019 SU-CASA cycle has passed. The application cycle for 2020 SU-CASA residencies will be announced in the fall of 2019.

2019 BAC SU-CASA Teaching Artists & Senior Center Sites

Alexandra Schmidt  - Clay Play for Elders (ceramics)

Tompkins Park Neighborhood Senior Center

Andrew Drury - Shoulders of Giants (instrumental music)

Borinquen Plaza Nutrition Neighborhood Senior Center

Benjamin Weber - Circlesinging: The Joy of Improvised Song (vocal music)

Stuyvesant Gardens Social Club

Bundith Phunsombatlert - Sunny Garden in Blue: Photographs on Paper and Fabric (cyanotype)

Krakus Luncheon Club Neighborhood Senior Center

Concetta Abbate - Songs from the Heart Songwriting Workshop (vocal music)

Shore Hill Neighborhood Senior Center

Danielle Brown - Cuban Song & Dance

Dorchester Neighborhood Senior Citizens Center

Dylan Marcheschi - Live Radio Theater Podcast

Hazel Brooks Neighborhood Senior Center

Elena Frolova - Let’s Dance

Young Israel Senior Services Neighborhood Senior Center

Glenda Cadogan - Voices of Yesterday’s Children (memoir)

CCNS The Bay Neighborhood Senior Center

Glenda Sol Koeraus - Flamenco Fiesta (dance)

Diana H. Jones / Ridgewood Bushwick Innovative Senior Center


Ian Donald - Faces of Brooklyn: A Digital Photography Course 

Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (Heights And Hills Senior Center)

Jamie Boyle - Our Time Together (textiles)

Hugh Gilroy Neighborhood Senior Center

Jia-Jen Lin - Rodin in my backyard (sculpture & painting)

Brooklyn Chinese-American Neighborhood Senior Center

John LeoNimm  - “Heeeeeeere’s Johnny! - an exploration & reinvention of the variety show (comedy theater)

St. Thomas Episcopal Senior Citizens Housing Development Fund Corp

Laci Chisholm - Dancing Through the Decades 

Teresa Moore Neighboorhood Senior Center

Lisa Lincoln - Faces, Places (sculpture)

Marine Park Active Adults Neighborhood/ Carmine Carro Community Center

Lizabeth Buckley - Art Works: Step by Step (visual arts)

Boro Park Senior Citizens Center

Mariano Henestrosa - The stories and lives behind still lives (visual arts)

Independence Neighborhood Senior Center

Marina Celander - Hula Dance

Remsen Neighborhood Senior Center


Marissa Metelica - A Reminiscence Theatre Project

Sumner Houses Senior Center

Neil Telesford -The Senior’s Canboulay (vocal and instrumental music)

CCNS Glenwood Neighborhood Senior Center

Persephone DaCosta - Africa Speaks (dance)

Grace Agard Harewood Neighborhood Senior Center

Rachel Garbus - Storytelling in the Digital Age: Podcast Performance and Recording

JCCGCI Innovative Senior Center

Rangi McNeil - Here Be Dragons (writing)

Vandalia Neighborhood Senior Center

Renata Townsend - Bringing Stories to Life: A Storytelling, Improvisation and Puppetry Workshop 

Red Hook Neighborhood Senior Center

Renee Manning - The Keys and Glee Club (vocal and instrumental music)

Prospect Hill Neighborhood Senior Center

Robin Bady - Our Stories are Our Legacy (storytelling)

Senior Citizens League of Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center

Rusty Zimmerman - The Free Portrait Project: Brooklyn Seniors (visual arts)

Jasa Warbasse Cares NORC

Stephanie Costello - painting and drawing 

Willoughby Neighborhood Senior Center

Susan Fleminger - The Patterns of Our Lives: Collage, Painting and Artists’ Books 

Bay Ridge Neighborhood Senior Center

Trevor Bachman - The Re-Collective (vocal music)

AMICO 59th Street Neighborhood Senior Citizens Center





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.