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Fridays, 9 AM – 10 AM | Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach
ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors share the art of movement to enhance body awareness. Tai Chi and energy work has been proven to aid in muscle strength, flexibility, lower blood pressure, stress, anxiety, and help develop a better mood. Learn the basics, then let your creativity shine!
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM| Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach
Led by music therapist Vicki Gross, ACA invites you to rejuvenate, relax and recharge with an eclectic mix of music-making through dancing, songwriting, listening and sharing. While you’re there have a cup of coffee. Annual membership to COA required. Register at Council on Aging, Live Oak Cultural Center.
April 1 – May 6 | Mondays, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak St. New Smyrna Beach.
Caregiving for a loved one is a journey of joy and difficulty. Join ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors Vicki Gross (MT-BC) and Ashlee Hughes (MT-BC) as they guide you through creative ways to enhance the quality of your daily routine. Come learn how to connect mind, body and spirit by using the arts as a tool of self-care, social interaction, and lifelong learning. RSVP required, limited to 20 participants per session
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | 1st & 3rd Mondays. Veterans throughout Volusia County will have the opportunity to discover how the arts can strengthen the spirit, encourage mental stimulation, socialization, and manage chronic pain. The group, Creative Expressions, is inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces (Military Healing Arts Network) and the University of Florida Department of Arts in Medicine. ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors M.B. McLatchey, Bethany Bennett, and Eve Payor will volunteer to lead veterans in creative activities, including writing, painting, and music at the Daytona Beach Vet Center. Vet Center Director Mary Fisher, LCSW will facilitate the Creative Expressions group. Please contact the Daytona Beach Vet Center for eligibility requirements needed to participate. (386) 366-6600.Read More »
Second Saturdays, 1 – 4 PM | April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14
Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach
Come explore art journaling in this class led by artist/art therapist Laura Bohn. The goal of therapeutic art journaling is to reduce stress and promote relaxation by increasing participants’ ability to play, experiment and gain self-guided insight and understanding of one’s own emotions. Added benefits can include self-growth, discovery, and joy through visual storytelling in a supportive group environment. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required. Free, and open to everyone.
11 AM, Rain or Shine | April 13 – Riverside Park (meet at Harris House: 214 S. Riverside Dr.)
Join ACA as we explore the sounds and rhythms of our urban and natural world. Each walk is beneficial for people of all ages to de-stress, focus, and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into the ecosystem of our environment. Limited to 20 participants.
Third Tuesdays, 5:30 PM | Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach
Meditation has been used for centuries to improve concentration and increase breath capacity, which can benefit cardiovascular and immune health. Adding mindful practice to your daily life can increase happiness and encourages a healthy lifestyle. ACA Arts & Wellness Ambassador, Lady Eve will lead participants through an easy, fun meditation using natural sounds and ambient music. Free and open to everyone.
From urban design to wildlife ecology, the acoustics of our environment are a vital key to understanding how to live a balanced life, in accord with nature. The ever-changing sounds of environments that we are surrounded by every day is known as the soundscape of a location…and is unique. Artists, scientists, and local governments are grappling with the impact of human development on the natural world, and soundscape field recording can lend an integral perspective on the health of our environment. Join Atlantic Center for the Arts for an examination of field recording, how soundscapes can be used in music composition, and as creative inspiration. The workshop includes a soundwalk with local musician Lady Eve. Beginner’s welcome. Please bring a smartphone or recording device to the workshop. Register at https://timucua.comRead More »
June 3 – July 8, 2019 | Mondays, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Live Oak Cultural Center, 1000 Live Oak St. New Smyrna Beach.
Caregiving for a loved one is a journey of joy and difficulty. Join ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors Vicki Gross (MT-BC) and Ashlee Hughes (MT-BC) as they guide you through creative ways to enhance the quality of your daily routine. In collaboration with the National Center for Creative Aging, ACA uses a series of artistic activities that focus on engaging your care partner through experiences promoting relaxation and discovery. Come learn how to connect mind, body and spirit by using the arts as a tool of self-care, social interaction, and lifelong learning. Refreshments and snacks are provided. Free, and open to caregivers and care partners. RSVP required, limited to 20 participants per session.
Weekly art camps for ages 6-12: June 4 – July 19, 2019 (Ages 6-12) | July 23 – July 26, 2019 (Ages 13-17)
Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM (ACA art camp closed July 2-5) | $105 for ACA members; $130 nonmembers – Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available for each session. Painting, music, dance and more – kids love Summer Art Camp at Atlantic Center for the Arts! Modeled after ACA’s world-renowned artists-in-residence program, each one-week session features three classes that give campers an opportunity to explore ideas of art and culture through hands-on experiences with a variety of art forms, including paper maché, painting, photography, yoga, drumming, dance, theater and more. Camp administrator Miss Peggy is looking forward to a great summer!
Thursdays at Babe James Community Center | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM from June 6th – July 25th, 2019
Did you know that saxophone legend John Coltrane used Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to map his composition “Giant Steps”? This summer, youth are invited to join ACA artist Bethany Bennett, for a fun, engaging exploration of arts and sciences. This STEAM program (STEM with Arts) is designed for middle school aged youth during the 2019 Summer Camp at Babe James Community Center. Supported by the City of New Smyrna Beach. Call Babe James Community Center to sign up! 386-410-2890
The IMAGES Holiday Tour of Homes will present unique homes decorated for the holidays and showcasing the charm of New Smyrna Beach. This is a favorite event of the Central Florida community, and groups of friends attend year after year as a kick-off to the holiday season. Shop for creative gifts at the popular IMAGES Boutique, included with your tour ticket. You will find an array of beautiful handcrafted items by local artists and ACA Volunteer League Members. Get a jump start on your holiday list and shop for a cause! For full details and ticket information call (386) 423-4733 or email images@IMAGESARTFESTIVAL.ORG. Tickets available mid October 2019. Ticket prices TBA.Read More »
Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Brannon Civic Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach
Tickets: $125. | ACA members $100. (70% tax deductible)
Enjoy gourmet food and drink while bidding on unique experiences, original artwork, amazing trips, spectacular sporting events and more! For 37 years, Horsin’ Around has been THE event to enjoy an afternoon with friends in support of the arts! From its innovative beginnings on a horse farm (hence, the name), to its staging at the Brannon Civic Center with it stunning panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway, we invite you to join us! The live and silent auctions provide a great venue to make an investment in a piece of art that you’ll be proud to have in your collection. Can’t-be-bought anywhere trips are our hallmark ̶ plan a getaway with friends to places like Vail or The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Pick up a restaurant gift certificate, a spa day, or a round of golf at the silent auction, featuring dozens of experiences. Riverside Catering has prepared a fantastic menu for the day!