Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that matches artists with senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City to provide arts programming for older adults.
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:
Artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency
The residency will include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.
SU-CASA seeks to connect artists with members in senior centers and positively impact the well-being of older adults through arts-based activities. SU-CASA supports artists 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.
For the 2022 program cycle, individual artists may apply for SU-CASA through their local arts council; organizations may contact their City Council Members to inquire about receiving a SU-CASA designation. The program will support a total 241 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers in all five boroughs across the City’s 51 Council districts.
LMCC is proud to administer 30 residencies for individual artists on behalf of the borough of Manhattan. LMCC welcomes applications from Manhattan-based individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Manhattan.
LMCC reviews applications from individual artists who meet the following Eligibility Requirements:
• Individual artists must be based in Manhattan.
• Individual artists may not apply or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit
organization or a for-profit entity.
• Individual artists must be 18 years of age or older.
• Individual artists cannot be currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting
• Individual artists may apply to only one local arts council for consideration in only one borough. Applicants who submit applications to multiple local arts councils will be disqualified.
• Individual artists must show proof of vaccination status as set forth in the Order of the NYC Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene to Require Covid-19
Vaccination in the Workplace.
- Selected artists must show proof they have received at least one dose of a
COVID-19 vaccine by the start of the residency, March 1 2022. Artists will
then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna
- ONE (1) copy of ONE (1) of the following forms of proof of vaccination will be required: CDC Vaccination Card. A digital photo or photocopy of this card is
acceptable or NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record, including from your health care provider. A digital photo or photocopy of this record is acceptable.
Previous SPARC and SU-CASA artists are eligible to apply for the 2022 program and may apply to work with a previous senior center partner or in a new center. All returning artists must submit a complete application to be considered for placement.