Atlantic Center for the Arts is thrilled to present an evening of artistic and culinary inspiration 

ACA Exposed | Saturday, November 2 | 6 PM – 9:30 PM

Experience an intimate performance by ACA Master Artist Joy Harjo, the newly-appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Native American to receive this honor, after a dinner curated by award-winning chefs. It will be an unforgettable night!

ACA is excited to team up once again with Heather McPherson, the former food editor and multimedia journalist for the Orlando Sentinel, to include several of Central Florida’s premier chefs in the culinary portion of this incredible evening Joy Harjo will perform a collaborative piece with fellow ACA Master Artists Larry Mitchell, a Grammy award-winning performer, and Bessie winning choreographer Molissa Fenley.

Since its founding, Atlantic Center for the Arts and its mission have been made possible by your generous support. You have helped thousands of artists, of all ages, to explore, to experiment, and to expound on their ideas. Proceeds from ACA Exposed allow us to continue our work of supporting artists through our internationally renowned residencies and the 250+ free community programs we offer.

We look forward to enjoying this wonderful evening with you!

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In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she is a poet, musician, and author. Her collection of poetry, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, made the short list for the Griffin International Prize and was named the American Library Association’s Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent collection, An American Sunrise, debuted this August. Joy’s awards include the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others. Her memoir, Crazy Brave, won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. As an artist, he has released 9 solo records and received a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist. As a producer-engineer, Larry has received 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country and Native American. He received a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on “Totemic Flute Chants” by artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as with Native artists Shelley Morningsong, Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo and Robert Mirabal.

Molissa Fenley founded Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977 and has since created over 85 dance works during her continuing career. Molissa is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, a two-time recipient of support from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Japan, and a two-time recipient of the Bessie Award for Choreography. Both with her company and as a soloist, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Molissa was an ACA Master Choreographer in 1996 and again in 2009. Molissa will be a Guest Collaborator In-Residence with Joy Harjo for residency #175 this October.


Hari Pulapaka, Cress Restaurant, Deland – Hari Pulapaka has been nominated four times for a James Beard Best Chef award, has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and is also an active, full-time tenured Associate Professor at Stetson University. Hari is an author, sustainable food system advocate, and chef/co-owner of Cress Restaurant for over a decade. Chef Hari has been featured at the prestigious James Beard House on six occasions and is scheduled to make his seventh appearance on March 19, 2020.


Serge Sorese, Mon Delice French Bakery, New Smyrna Beach – Serge Sorese is the owner and Chef at Mon Delice French Bakery. A native of France and son of restauranteurs, he discovered his culinary skills early in life. Since 1992 he has been serving authentic French tastes including pastries, bread, pies and cakes to locals and visitors alike.