ACA Community Artist
Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artists are an integral part of ACA’s ongoing efforts to offer unique art related programming to New Smyrna Beach.
ACA’s longtime Community Artist Shy Morris, draws upon her experience as a social justice advocate, including three years working with ACA Master Artist and MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Rick Lowe at Project Row Houses in Houston. She has an educational background in early childhood studies and creates fun, thoughtful art programs designed to encourage and educate children, teens, and adults.
IMAGES Middle School Art Program
Featuring local and regional artists from IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, this monthly program brings high quality art activities to students at New Smyrna Beach Middle School. Exploratory project themes have included plein air, felting, color theory, and the artistic styles of Keith Haring and M.C. Esher. Supported by the ACA Volunteer League.
Wildcat Wellness Wednesdays
5th graders at Chisholm Elementary 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.
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. Everyone can participate: staff, students, parents, and special groups. Once a month the special needs students can also participate in developmentally appropriate activities.
ACA provides a variety of programming on the Westside. Shy Morris has led projects including 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 also oversaw the completion of a large-scale community mural in the courtyard of the Alonzo Babe James Center. This mural celebrates the African-American experience and local history. It is the culmination of a year-long project in which children were taught basic artistic processes as well as history
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