ACA and the Community
As part of ACA’s mission, our community outreach programs supports the arts through numerous creative events and ongoing programs which take place at ACA’s facilities and at other academic and cultural institutions throughout Central Florida. ACA’s outreach programs also provide enhanced educational opportunities in public schools, community centers, and at cultural and historic festivals and celebrations throughout the area. In addition, ACA supports the arts in an ever expanding internet presence by posting video documentation of artist interviews, lectures, and performances on ACA’s Youtube Channel, and by hosting artist blogs, and engaging in a variety of social media sites.
ACA’s community programs include a popular Children’s Summer Art Camp, Exhibitions, Community Artist in-Residence Events, Artist lectures, Images: A Festival for the Arts, Annual Poetry Slam, ACA’s Community Day, and many Volunteer Opportunities.
Atlantic Center for the Arts will offer 24 exceptional exhibitions this year, all hosted at our three New Smyrna Beach galleries, which include: Arts on Douglas, Harris House, and the Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery. Each exhibit includes a free opening reception and artist talk or related programming. Visit our Calendar of Events for current and upcoming exhibitions.
ACA’s Residency Programs feature Artist lectures, readings, demonstrations and presentations by some of the world’s most distinguished authors, composers, choreographers and visual artists. Approximately 30 artist presentations are scheduled each year. These events are free and open to the public. Keep an eye on the Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures and presentations! Artist talks occur during every residency, and in correlation with exhibitions and other special events.
ACA maintains an ongoing outreach program within the public schools which provides enhanced educational opportunities in the arts and humanities. These programs are integrated into the students’ curriculum and therefore, are not open to the public.
IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts
More than 47,000 visitors from around the state visit IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, to enjoy artwork by the 225 juried artists from across the United States. Presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts, IMAGES takes place in New Smyrna Beach, in the beautiful outdoor setting of Riverside Park, with the Intracoastal Waterway providing a stunning backdrop, and along historic Canal Street. The high quality, salable work combined with continuous live musical entertainment, creative children’s art projects, a student art exhibit, and pleasing cuisine provides a culturally rich experience that communicates the ACA stamp of artistic excellence.
Occasionally, ACA organizes adult courses for those who wish to hone their skills or try a new artistic medium. No experience is necessary. Keep an eye out on the Calendar of Events to learn about these programs.
Atlantic Center for the Arts has hosted a variety of artists working in Social Practice, Community Engaged Art, Socially Engaged Art, and Live Art. These artists have worked directly with hundreds of residents in our local community, including children, teenagers, adults, the elderly, and the underserved. Their projects have touched the lives of our community and for that we are grateful. Click here to visit the artists’ blog Click here to view the artists