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SU-CASA Arts Programs for Seniors
Before completing this online application, please carefully read the Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Senior Centers List. We suggest downloading the document, "SU-CASA Application 2020," composing your responses in that document, and then copying & pasting your final answers into this online application. Please also read through our  SU-CASA FAQ's before applying.
You have the ability to click "Save Draft" to return to your application later, or click "Apply Now" to submit your completed version.



Brooklyn Arts Council will accept applications only from individual artists. Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:

· Artists must be 18 years of age of older and a resident of Brooklyn

· Artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity (CDF-eligible organizations may apply directly to DCLA for 2020; interested applicants should contact their DCLA program officer)

· Artists cannot be currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting institution

· Artists must demonstrate residence in the borough in which they apply

Individual artists may apply to only one local arts council for consideration in only one borough. Applicants who submit proposals to multiple local arts councils will be disqualified. 

Previous SU-CASA artists are eligible to apply for the 2020 program and may apply to work with a previous senior center partner and/or in one or more new centers. All returning artists must submit a complete application to be considered for placement. 


Applications will be accepted for projects in any artistic discipline. Projects must meet the following requirements:

  • Project must be cultural in nature.
  • Project must include an interactive engagement      component for the senior participants at the center where the residency is      held (i.e., activities such as workshops, classes, art making projects      created by seniors or in collaboration with seniors, etc).
  • Project must include a public program      component for the      public to experience and engage with the arts      at the senior center (exhibits, open houses, performances, readings or      other cultural interactions that allow participating seniors to share      their work with the surrounding community). The public program activities must be promoted      and available at no charge to the general public. Artists are strongly      encouraged to engage other members of the senior center community as part      of the public program component.
  • · Project activities must take place between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
  • · Project activities are expected to include a minimum of 40 contact hours of activity with the seniors during the residency period. 
  • · Project activities, including the public component, must take place at the senior center (unless otherwise agreed to with the senior center director).


Artists will be selected through a competitive review process. Brooklyn Arts Council will review all artist applications for the borough of Brooklyn for completeness and eligibility. A panel comprised of representatives from the New York City Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Department for the Aging will review applications from individuals and recommend one placement in each pre-selected center. See the list of pre-selected centers in Brooklyn attached.

The panels will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

· Artistic excellence of the proposed senior engagement project

· Potential impact on senior participants 

· Project feasibility, taking into consideration budget, timeline, available resources, and stated goals

· Clarity and detail in the project proposal 

· Quality of the applicant’s prior work

· Potential impact on senior center and surrounding community

Prior experience as a teaching artist, artist-in-residence, and/or working with older adults is a preferable 

but not required.   

Certain senior centers have identified languages spoken if they have a senior population with a significant number of bilingual, ESL or non-English speakers. This is provided for informational purposes only. Artists with foreign language proficiency are strongly encouraged to apply, but artists are not required to speak any language other than English. 


The residency award is a contract for services; selected artists will be subject to the following requirements:

· Sign and return a residency agreement 

· Include funding credit and logos (as supplied by BAC) on all marketing and event materials, print and electronic

· Submit event notification at least 2 – 4 weeks before your public program event(s) because a representative of BAC, DFTA or DCLA may conduct a site visit to your project.

· Track artist contact hours with participating seniors and other evaluative data, as requested

· Submit final report on a timely basis after completion of all project activities


Artists who do not comply with the requirements will jeopardize their funding and future grant consideration.