SU-CASA (formerly SPARC)

2016 GUIDELINES, APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS and FACILITIES INFORMATION ARTS PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS

**APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016 SU-CASA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED. CHECK THIS PAGE OCTOBER 2016 FOR NEW APPLICATIONS**


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the City's five local arts councils. The program began as SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) in 2012 and was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors. The program is funded in FY16 by New York City Council.

This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers and to positively impact the well-being of older adults through 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, resources and communities.  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. 

The program has two components:

1) artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, and

2) the residency will include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.

For FY16, individual artists and selected arts organizations will be eligible to participate. Individual artists may apply for SU-CASA through their local arts council; any organization that submitted an eligible FY16 Cultural Development Fund proposal may apply for SU-CASA through DCA. The program will support a total of 101 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts.

QCA is proud to be part of this program on behalf of the borough of Queens.  Queens Council on the Arts will accept applications from individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Queens 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.  

All components of the application must be received no later than 11:59PM on Monday, November 30, 2015.  Applicants will be notified of their application status and, if selected, which senior center they will work with, by the end of December 2015.  Residencies will take place between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016.  A Kick-Off for selected artists and senior centers will be held in January 2016.

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For more information, email artservice@queenscouncilarts.org with the subject SU-CASA.