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Creative Caregiving Symposium

May 1, 2018 - May 3, 2018

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Caregivers in the Military Continuum

A military caregiver is a family member, friend, or acquaintance who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military servicemember.
As the arts are brought into military care, creative arts therapists, community artists and art educators are also both becoming military caregivers, and offering care for caregivers. 

During the course of the Caregivers in the Military Continuum Track, symposium attendees will hear from creative art therapists working in the NEA Creative Forces initiatives across Florida, active service members, veterans, veteran-artists, and community artists working with veterans. The track will include speaker presentations, a panel discussion on how to best access the military caregiver population, and an art-breakout session.

Creative Caregiving Across the Lifespan

The arts should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or abilities. From early childhood through Alzheimers and dementia care, the arts have been shown to benefit all populations.
Recently, a focus on creative caregiving is underway, and the Creative Caregiving Across the Lifespan Track offers dual focus: best practices for arts based interventions that caregivers can use for those they care for and how arts in health practitioners can offer creative experiences for the caregivers themselves.

Leaders in the fields of accessibility, arts and aging, and creative caregiving will offer engaging presentations, a panel discussion will take place on how best to engage in creative caretaking, and an art-breakout session will be offered.

The Arts & Self Care

We are all caregivers at some point in our lives, whether professionally as creative arts therapists, arts in health practitioners, or educators; or more personally, as caregivers for friends and loved ones.

Caring for oneself is an integral component to being able to best care for others. On Day Two, all symposium attendees will come together to learn self-care strategies to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, best practices for maintaining resilience, and participate in creative self-care activities.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented midcareer artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.

Nestled on a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts.

“Every human is an artist. And this is the main art of our lives: the creation of our story” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz


May 1, 2018
May 3, 2018
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Atlantic Center for the Arts, main campus
1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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(386) 427-6975