Arts Program for Seniors



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 is funded in FY18 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.

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.  

SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the City's five local arts councils – Bronx Council on the ArtsBrooklyn Arts CouncilLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilQueens Council on the Arts and Staten Island Arts.

For SU-CASA images visit our Flickr page.



This year’s Queens-based SU-CASA Artists-in-Residence include: Deborah Wasserman, Shenna Vaughn, Karl Lorenzon, Carol Sudhalter, Anthonia Akinbola, Aurora Reyes, Wojciech Gilewicz, Adam Weisehan, Evie McKenna, Radha Singh, Katya Khan, Alacia Stubbs, Valerie Skakun, Justin Cimino, Cecilia Lim, Simona Minns, Mari Meade, Sandra Vucicevic, Guillermo Severiche, Barbara Westermann, Che Min Hsiao, Aileen Bassis, Bao Ru, Yvonne Shortt, Sherese Francis, David Mills, Emma Brown, and Jinyu Li.

"The SU-CASA program experience has not only allowed me to teach what I love to do but learn new cultures, new languages, and new ways of offering transformative experiences. It has also allowed me to bond on a personal level with people older than me and learn so much about life. Each of us,young and old, has something to share on this journey called life. Thank you DCAS. Thank you Queens Council on the Arts. Thank you Department for the Aging." ~ Yvonne Shortt, 2016-2018 SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence


Contact Art Service Manager, Molaundo Jones, at with Subject SU-CASA Program.