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Arts Programs for Seniors

SU-CASA (formerly SPARC)
 

BCA’s SU-CASA Program Brings Art to Seniors in the Bronx

 

Welcome to SU-CASA, New York City's effort to enrich the lives of its senior citizens through the arts. This initiative connects artists with seniors at their local community centers and positively impacts the well-being of older adults through multidisciplinary arts activities. Past activities have included memoir writing, crafting, dance and theater production, and many more. Programming is scattered throughout the Bronx, providing a creative outlet for seniors near and far to express themselves as they please.


SU-CASA is a collaboration among the NYC Council, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the city's five local arts councils: Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Council on the Arts and Staten Island Arts. 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. The newly-expanded program is funded in FY16 by the NYC Council.

 

2016 SU-CASA Artists

Row 1: Wallace Boyd, Margo Brooks, Gina Clark, Josie Gonzalez, Richard Grunn.

Row 2: Sarah Horne, Rebecca Lloyd Jones, Ruth Marshall, Walter Rutledge, Emmitt Thrower.

Emmitt Thrower introduced “Seniortude: Living Life Artfully”, an interactive program at E. Robert Moore Senior Center, where he produced an artistic video clip and live performance of participants’ experiences, talents, concerns and creative thoughts.

Gina Clark, placed at Riverdale YM-YWHA, led a fiction writing workshop.

In another writing residency, Wallace Boyd led seniors at Coop City Senior Center in “The New York City Senior Memoir Writing Project”, which gathered the rich stories of New York City’s elders and shared them in neighborhoods across the City. ,

On a musical note, Margo Brooks led her project “The Soundtrack of Lives” at Neighborhood Shopp CASA Boricua ISC. It was a delightful project of popular music and soulful tunes along with dramatic storytelling and comedy.

Keeping it warm and snug, Ruth Marshall led “My Comfort Blanket” at RAIN Boston Secor NSC, where participants created their own personalized blanket.

Richard Grunn introduced senior participants at PSS City Island Senior Center to “Radio Theater” that was based on original short pieces written by workshop attendees.

Dance was present this year with Walter Rutledge Jr. in his project “Those Were the Days My Friend” at Morris Park Senior Center. The residency focused on designing a dance and theater performance based on the experience and interests of senior participants.

At RAIN Bailey, participants explored movement and swing dance with Rebecca Lloyd Jones’ “Sharing Story and History through Movement and Dance.”

Sarah Horne introduced site-specific dance performances tailored to the capabilities of each senior at PSS Davidson NSC in her residency “What Moves You.”

“Adventures in Clay Making” with Josephine Gonzalez explored clay techniques and glazing, drawing on inspiration from clay creations from various cultures from around the world at Kips Bay Castle Hill SC.

 

BCA would also like to congratulate the Bronx cultural organizations (along with their programming institutions) who were selected to work as part of the 2016 SU-CASA program: Bronx River Art Center (RAIN Parkchester and Thomas Guess, NSC), Bronx Opera Company (Riverdale Y NSC), Lehman College Art Gallery (Rain Tolentine and SEBCO Mt. Carmel Senior Center), and Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theater Collection, Inc. (Hope of Israel Senior Center and PSS Highbridge).


SU-CASA is a collaboration among the NYC Council, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department for the Aging and the City's five local arts councils situated in each borough – Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. It was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors, and previously ran as a successful pilot called Space for Art.


SENIOR CENTER FACILITIES SERVED

1

E. Robert Moore NSC

515 Jackson Avenue, Bx, 10455

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

Languages Spoken: Spanish

2

Riverdale Y NSC

5625 Arlington Avenue, Bx, 10471

Hours: 8:30 - 4:00:00 PM

3

COOP City Senior Center

2049 Bartow Avenue, Bx, 10475

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

4

RAIN Boston Secor NSC

3540 Bivona Street, Bx, 10475

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

5

PSS City Island Senior Center

116 City Island Avenue, Bx, 10464

Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm

6

Morris Park (Brookdale) Senior Center

1824 Bronxdale Avenue, Bx, 10462

Hours: M/W/F 10:30am-3:00pm

7

RAIN Bailey NSC

2660 Bailey Avenue, Bx, 10463

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

8

Neighborhood Shopp CASA Boricua ISC

910 East 172nd Street, Bx, 10460

Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Languages Spoken: Spanish

9

PSS Davidson NSC

950 Union Avenue, Bx, 10459

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

Languages Spoken: Spanish

10

Kips Bay Castle Hill SC

625 Castle Hill, Bx, 10473

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

Languages Spoken: Spanish

SENIOR CENTER FACILITIES SERVED

 

 



 

For additional information
about the SU-CASA guidelines,

call 718-931-9500 x24




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HIghLIghts From 2016


HIghLIghts From 2015


HIghLIghts From 2014


Highlights from 2013


highlights from 2012


SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the City's five local arts councils – Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Council on the Arts and Staten Island Arts. 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. The program is funded in FY16 by New York City Council.

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