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

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

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Deadline Date:

11/27/17 5:00 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the November 9 or November 20 application seminars.

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.

This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers and to positively impact 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 and resources. 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.

Staten Island Arts is proud to be part of this program on behalf of Richmond County. Staten Island Arts will accept applications from individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Staten Island only.

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).

Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria:

Artists will be selected through a competitive review process. Staten Island Arts will review all artist applications for the borough of Staten Island for completeness and eligibility. A panel comprised of representatives from Staten Island Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Department for the Aging will review applications from individuals and organizations and recommend one placement in each pre-selected center.

The centers for which this application process is available are: Arrochar Friendship Club, Cassidy Coles Senior Center, Great Kills Neighborhood Senior Center, the JCC of Staten Island, Mount Loretto, and Todt Hill Neighborhood Senior Center.

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 plus.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162186

Number of Grants:

The program will support a total of 153 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual artists-in-residence will receive a stipend in the amount of $4,500, an additional $1,000 materials/supplies budget, and access to materials and supplies from Materials for the Arts.

Term of Contract:

Residencies will take place between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 2018; 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 for the 2018 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at the application seminar is strongly recommended for first-time applicants to this program.

SU-CASA Application Seminars are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
ArtSpace @ SI Arts
23 Navy Pier Court
Staten Island, NY 10304

Sunday, November 20, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SI Arts Culture Lounge
10 Ferry Terminal Drive
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Grant Q&A Session is scheduled as follows:

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 PM
Culture Lounge
10 Ferry Terminal Drive
Staten Island, NY 10301

More information about the sessions may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

In FY18, both individual artists and 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 FY18 Cultural Development Fund proposal may apply for SU-CASA through DCA.

Individual artists can apply directly to participate in the program without a fiscal sponsor. Artists may apply for up to two residencies.

Applicants are encouraged to check back at the Staten Island Arts website for further information about the facilities, resources, equipment, and scheduling times available at the specific senior centers. This may affect your choice of which centers you choose to apply for; or may determine your choices if you require special equipment, such as a kiln.

The deadline is at 5:00 PM on November 27, 2017, and applications must be submitted through the online process.

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Contact Information:

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

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Elizabeth Bennett, Executive Director

Claire Jimenez, Program Director

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