ACA Community Artist

Shy Morris, Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist is an integral part of ACA’s ongoing efforts offer unique art related programming to New Smyrna Beach. Shy draws upon her vast experience as a community based artist, including three years working with ACA Master Artist and MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Rick Lowe at Project Row Houses in Houston. She also has an educational background in early childhood studies, and creates fun, thoughtful art programming designed to encourage and educate children, teens, and adults.

Wildcat Wellness Wednesdays

5th graders at Chisholm Elem use art and creative conversations to take a deeper look at bullying and how they can be use positive affirmations to mirror respect and PEACE at home, in school and in their community.

In beTWEEN Teen Time (Volusia County Youth Motivator)

6 – 8th graders at New Smyrna Beach Middle School create their own reality by using mixed media collage and journaling. In a group setting we learn strategies to increase positivity, self-esteem, problem solving and creative conversations that get to the root of teenaged depression.  preregistration required – Students should visit the media center to sign up.

Feel Great Fridays (Volusia County Youth Motivator)

New Smyrna Beach High School. No preregistration required. In the courtyard during lunch wellness activities are set up to help students destress from a busy week. Students are encouraged to create PEACEful posters that are displayed all over the campus. Everyone can participate. Staff, students, parents, special groups. Once a month the special needs students can also participate in developmentally appropriate activities.

Shy is also contracted by ACA to provide a variety of programming on the Westside.  Shy and the children have completed a Freedom Quilt mural in the Westside’s Pettis Park that incorporates symbols used by runaway slaves of the South to communicate with Abolitionists of the North while using the Underground Railroad. She has also completed a large-scale mural in the courtyard of the Alonzo Babe James Center. The mural celebrates the African-American experience and local history. It is the culmination of a year-long project in which Shy taught the children basic artistic processes as well as African-American and local history.

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