What's YOUR Story? Memoir Workshop at Carter Burden Luncheon Club and Senior Program instructed by Marty Correia
What's YOUR Story? Memoir Workshop at Carter Burden Luncheon Club and Senior Program instructed by Marty Correia


SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program for older adults. The program supports Manhattan based artists and organizations engaging participating older adults throughout the borough in the creation of an art project or series of cultural programs. 

2021 SU-CASA Classes

Join us for a series of art-making sessions at home!

Now through June 30, 2021 experienced teaching artists and community arts organizations are offering REMOTE, HANDS-ON ARTS CLASSES for older adults to explore an artistic practice, learn and create from the comfort of home. All classes are FREE. No previous experience necessary and art materials provided. Classes are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Scroll down to see the full list of available classes in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Dance & Movement

Movement Speaks(R) Online is a 75-minute class offered via Zoom in participants' own homes. Elements include warm-up and dance exercises for seated and standing participants; individual and group dance improvisation; memorization of basic movement phrases; and cool-down. Throughout the program, students create original choreography. The classes are based on the core values of appreciating one’s body, enjoying other participants, and improving one’s well-being.

Program Schedule:

Monday through Friday 1:30-2:45pm, April 1 through June 14





In this fun and interactive class, participants will learn the foundations of flamenco dance and rhythms from southern Spain via Zoom. The class is tailored to the physical limitations and experience of participants by focusing on the heart and soul of the dance and its improvisational elements, rather than perfecting the dance technique. Participants are encouraged to step out beyond their comfort zone and experience this lively and expressive dance form that will culminate with a final performance in full flamenco costume and to live music!

Program Schedule:

Mondays at 2:00 PM starting April 19





SELFPORTRAYALS: In Our Solitude is a dance theatre piece integrating a Greek chorus of senior dancers, singers, and orators. We will be creating a series of intimate Self-Portraits inspired by our collective solitudes during the pandemic era, to be woven into cohesive work and finally celebrate our triumphant re-emergenece! Inspiration will come from our personal experiences and the music of Duke Ellington’s In My Solitude.

Program Schedule:

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 
Tuesdays, May 18, 25
Saturday, June 5
Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22
Saturday, June 26
Tuesday, June 29




In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Japanese classical dance, Sakura (Cherry blossom Dance), Itako Dejima (the Island of Itako, the repertory from Kabuki dance in the 19th century), and folk dances. Instructions and exercise in the workshop are designed to suite senior population. Yukata and obi (practice attire), and dance fan will be provided. 

Program Schedule:

Fridays at 1:30 PM starting May 7

Additional materials via emails for private viewing video links and background information for dance forms will be sent to participants as the sessions progress. Q&A from participants is welcomed as well.






孟藝曲民樂網課 - 于春季 4-6月份開始由專業老師帶領,歡迎長者上網參加民樂合奏班 (周六 下午1:00時);劇唱腔班 (周日 上午 11:00時)本課程以中文進行。

This spring season of Mencius Chinese Music and Opera Club Online will provide for seniors and adults to study and practice traditional Chinese instruments and Cantonese opera under professional/folk artists. Classe will be held online in real-time on Zoom. Mencius staff will host the activities, help participants download and launch the Zoom platform and be at hand to address any technical issues. This program will be conducted in Mandarin. 

Program Schedule:

Saturdays at 1:00PM and Sundays at 11:00AM starting April 17



RSVP for Orchestra & Opera Classes 中國民樂&廣東粵劇

Songs Across the Americas is a vocal music program that utilizes songs from Latin America and beyond to activate, interact with and serve seniors in New York City senior centers. Songs are taught and performed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to reflect the diverse senior population living and residing in the city. This program is built on participation and collaboration with seniors.

Program Schedule:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00PM EST from Tuesday May 11th to Thursday, June 24th, 2021





This is a virtual weekly social space for older adults to meet new people, discuss music, lyrics, life, and the memories powerful songs can evoke. As part of The Lyric Lab Older Adult Oral History Project, at the conclusion of this 10 session workshop series, there will be a culminating online exhibit of songs and participants' reflections.

Program Schedule:

Mondays at 1:00 PM starting May 3






This is a virtual multi-disciplined arts program that is designed to engage Seniors in interactive music, art, dance, and spoken word initiatives. Some sessions will also be offered in Spanish, as we have in previous years. 

Program Schedule:

Twice a week starting in May



Esta sesión será en inglés y español.

Theater & Storytelling

Sketch comedy has kept us laughing through good times and not-so-good times. Join the Comedy Writing Workshop where participants will have the opportunity to write and workshop original sketches and see them taken from the page to the virtual stage. We will focus on writing character-driven sketches in the style of The Second City and participants will have the chance to write, direct and star in their own original revue. No previous experience required.

Program Schedule:

Tuesdays at 1:00-2:30pm starting April 20




This program will be virtual via zoom. Participants will learn about the power of storytelling and create stories based on their life experience. Visual arts projects, games, music and storytelling performances will be included in the residency with a culminating event of participants sharing their stories. 

Program Schedule:

Fridays at 2:00 PM starting April 30




A series of five workshops for a group of participants to share stories and explore the artistry of storytelling together from their homes. Workshop activities include physical activities, theatre games, acting exercises, story sharing, and more. Participants will be able to exercise their minds and bodies, share creative ideas and develop storytelling skills, as well as developing connections with one another in art making and beyond. 

Program Schedule:

Wednesday 1:30pm and 3:00pm starting May 5





This is a collaborative, intergenerational project that brings together older and younger New Yorkers to tell and connect stories utilizing the traditions of stitching and embroidery. The experience of physically crafting creates a connection that activates and sustains dialogues between generations. While the project employs traditional craft techniques, it also integrates contemporary digital technologies.

Program Schedule:

First Session: Friday, May 21 at 12:00 PM 





Visual Arts

This class engages AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) seniors with narrative art and community building through kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling art form. The main goals of the program include expanding seniors’ understanding of the possibilities of narrative arts, centering and amplifying the voices and stories of AAPI seniors, and cultivating community and intergenerational engagement through kamishibai. Seniors will create kamishibai about a personal experience and will share their stories to an intergenerational audience. 

Program Schedule:

Tuesdays at 11:00 AM starting April 20




This program focuses on deconstructing nature by looking at the urban forest and drawing the natural structures outside our doors. Artists look for structure when they draw: the patterns, shapes, values, or colors. These can be hard to see at first but once you begin to see them, you can’t unsee them. In this course you will build a solid framework for how to deconstruct what you see and organize it into a drawing.

Program Schedule:

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM starting April 21




Over the course of 10 weeks, we will explore the roots of printmaking and the two modalities of printing; stamping and carving. The projects will take the form of linocuts, rubber stamps, stenciling, and printing with found objects. Please note, to accomplish these techniques we will be using carving tools with multiple types of blades for carving into linoleum and rubber surfaces.

Program Schedule:

Thursdays at 3:00 PM starting April 29




The course will introduce fundamental concepts and techniques of Chinese brush painting. Participants will study and practice brushstrokes unique to this art form, mastering basic techniques to let them develop their own forms of artistic expression. The class will study "The Four Noble Plants", lotus, landscape and animal painting. Please note that registration is required as capacity is limited to 30 participants.

Program Schedule:

Fridays at 1:30 PM starting May 7




Writing & Literature

This is a poetry workshop in Spanish that invites and welcomes senior participants to write poems and improve their writing skills while reflecting around social distance and human presence and proximity. We will have 10 sessions learn and practice the craft of poetry, talk with guests, have a formidable ongoing conversation, and a final reading. Conducted via Zoom in Spanish, but open to English speakers. 

Program Schedule:

Thursdays at 3:00 PM starting April 14





Esta sesión será en español.

This is a memoir writing workshop focused on every participant finishing a publishable memoir piece in just four sessions. Participants will be published in the printed volume, Remember When: A SU-CASA Anthology. Now is the time to start and finish that story you've always wanted to write. Marty Correia is a kind, fun, and skilled instructor who will get you to a final draft you'll show off to your friends and family.

Program Schedule:

Wednesdays at 2:00PM starting May 5