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Residencies to Staten Island, New York Individual
Artists for Arts Programming in Senior Centers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Staten Island Arts, New York City Council, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Department for the Aging (DFTA)

Deadline Date:

11/17/19 11:59 PM


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Residencies to Staten Island, New York individual artists to create and deliver arts programming for older adults in designated senior centers throughout the borough. Funding is intended to place artists in residence at senior centers and to positively affect the well-being of older adults through direct engagement in arts-based activities.

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

SU-CASA supports artists and organizations who are sensitive to the needs of older adults and who are interested in engaging their 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.

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 are expected to include at least 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).

For information about evaluation criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162186

Number of Grants:

The program will support a total of 255 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program provides selected artists with a stipend of $4,500 and a budget of $1,000 for materials

Term of Contract:

Residencies will take place between January 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Staten Island Arts will accept applications only from Staten Island-based individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Staten Island.

Individual artists are eligible to apply for SU-CASA and will be selected through a competitive application process. Individual artists ONLY may apply through their local arts council; organizations may apply through DCA directly.

Staten Island Arts 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 New York City
-Artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a nonprofit organization or a for-profit entity (CDF-eligible organizations may apply directly to DCA for 2020; interested applicants should contact their DCA program officer)
-Artists cannot be currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting institution
-Artists must demonstrate a residence or workspace 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 SPARC and SU-CASA artists are eligible to apply 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.

During 2020, Staten Island Arts will be supporting residencies led by individual artists at six local senior centers: Anderson Neighborhood Senior Center, Archcare at Carmel Richmond, Cassidy Coles Senior Center, the JCC of Staten Island, Great Kills Neighborhood Senior Center, and the Mount Loretto Neighborhood Senior Center.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 17, 2019, by 11:59 PM. All applications must be submitted through Staten Island Arts’ online application portal.

The panels meet two to three weeks after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by mail of funding decisions (either for, or against) at the conclusion of the panel’s deliberations, usually 3-5 weeks after the deadline for all applications.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Elizabeth Bennett, Executive Director

Staten Island Arts
23 Navy Pier Court
Staten Island, NY 10303
718-447-3329 x1003

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