SU-CASA Workshop with Wendy Wasdahl, 2017. Photo credit: Ornella Friggit.
SU-CASA Workshop with Wendy Wasdahl, 2017. Photo credit: Ornella Friggit.


SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. 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.

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.

This initiative connects artists with seniors in senior centers and positively impacts 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.

In 2018, 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 FY17 Cultural Development Fund proposal may apply for SU-CASA through DCA. The program will support a total 204 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts

LMCC is proud to be part of this program on behalf of the borough of Manhattan. LMCC will accept applications from Manhattan-based individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Manhattan only.

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Program Guidelines and Application

The SU-CASA Application opens in the Fall of each year and the residency takes place from January to June. If you are interested in applying, please read the program guidelines, and find the Application form below.

SU-CASA 2018 Cohort

Alastair Noble

Visual Arts

Andrew Suseno

Dance, Health/Wellbeing, Performance Art, Social Practice,

Ann deVere

Visual Arts, Social Practice

David Anaya Maya

Visual Arts

DOEprojekts / Deborah Adams Doering & Glenn N. Doering

Social Practice, Visual Arts, writing

Eugenia Manwelyan

Dance, Environmental Science, Health/Wellbeing, Music, Performance Art, Social Practice, Theatre

Eva Nikolova

Visual Arts

Jade Lam

Visual Arts

JoAnna Powell

Performing Artist, Dance

Kathy Bruce

Environmental Science, Visual Arts

Laura Pruden

Theatre, Writing

Lucy Sexton

Dance, Performance Art, Theatre

Mary Butler

Visual Arts

Michael Sherman

Visual Arts


Visual Arts

Vinny Mraz

Writing, Theatre

Walter Perez

Dance, Health/Wellbeing, Music, Performance Art, Social Practice

Wendy Wasdahl

Dance, Health/ Wellbeing, Performance art, Theatre

Xianix Barrera

Dance, Performance Art