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May 2022

Nature Sketch Club

May 28 - December 24
Atlantic Center for the Arts Main Campus, Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, 1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Enjoy the outdoors with this engaging activity. Artist Bethany Bennett, MFA leads you through sketch techniques and wellness exercises to bring you closer to nature. Join us at ACA main campus with your pencil and sketch pad! The fun of sketching is that you don’t have to draw something accurately.  You simply sit, breathe, observe closely, put pencil to paper and enjoy the process!  You will be amazed at how intricate and detailed nature’s designs can be.  Fourth Saturdays at 11…

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June 2022

STEAM Sketch Club

June 6 - August 1
Babe James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Avenue
New Smyrna beach, FL 32168 United States
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Join the summer camp at Babe 'Alonzo' James Community Center, as ACA Community Artist, Bethany Bennett leads a weekly workshop for youth. The STEAM Sketch Club is an opportunity for youth to have fun learning about science, technology, engineering and math using the arts. Bethany Bennett will guide students through topics including architecture, design, kaleidoscope lettering, Tesselations, and more! For example, the first week will answer questions about sketching: What is a sketch? What are sketches used for? What is…

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Poetry Kickoff!

June 10 - August 5
Babe James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Avenue
New Smyrna beach, FL 32168 United States
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Join the summer camp at Babe 'Alonzo' James Community Center, as poet and artist Nakia Jade leads a weekly workshop for youth. Poetry Kickoff! is an opportunity for youth to express themselves using poetry, spoken word and freestyle lyrics. This program will cover different poetic styles such as Ekphrastic and Acrostic poems, and give students resources from books, poetry collections, and hip hop videos. The workshops offer opportunities to build confidence by learning performance skills such as body language, vocal…

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Protected Species Awareness at Blue Spring State Park

June 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763 United States
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Join us as we discuss a few of Florida's most iconic wildlife species: manatees, scrub-jays and gopher tortoises! Blue Spring State Park will be partnering with Atlantic Center for the Arts to provide crafting projects and interactive displays/challenges focused on each species. Program is ongoing between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Main tables will be located in the lower parking lot near the Thursby House. Keep in mind that the park will be busy and park closures are very likely. Please feel…

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Creating A Tribute Page Spread: An art journaling workshop

June 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Live Oak Cultural Center, 1050 Live Oak Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Do you feel the time is right to memorialize someone? Is there a mentor that helps you in your life? Is there a famous artist, musician, writer that you look up to? Join M.A.A.T. certified art therapist, Laura Bohn to explore creating an art/visual journal tribute page dedicated to a mentor, loved one, or ancestor. Creating a tribute art journal page or even an entire art journal of a loved one is a way to give meaning and storytelling to…

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ACA Summer Art Camp

June 14 - July 29
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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REGISTER AT THE LINKS BELOW Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Summer Art Camp is held at ACA Harris House and Yurick Studios in downtown New Smyrna Beach. Each weekly session gives kids an opportunity to explore ideas of art and culture through hands-on experience with a variety of art forms. There is downtime for snacks, stretching, games, and lunch. Participants will meet new friends and take home artwork every week. Camp administrator, Ms. Peggy is looking forward to a great…

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ACA Spotlight

June 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Learn about the many world-renowned Mentors of ACA.  Study works and learn techniques from contemporary art professionals, led by ACA Community Artist, Bethany Bennett. 1PM - 3PM at ACA Harris House June 18th - featuring James Sienna Please bring the following supply list: Canvas or bristol board, brushes and paint colors of your choice; if you do not have these supplies, ACA will provide them for a donation. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome! image copyright © James Sienna Bethany Bennett…

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Young Sound Seekers Audio Lab: summer camp

June 19 - June 25
Stetson University Deland, Florida United States

Are you interested in the sounds of nature? Join us this summer for the Young Sound Seekers Audio Lab! This environmental arts program will teach you how to collect sounds using portable audio recorders and use a digital audio workstation to produce a podcast. We will visit local parks to collect sounds, then work in teams at the Digital Arts studios of Stetson University to storyboard, edit, and build an audio adventure that you help create. Camp Dates - June…

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Groovy Summer Mood Boost – an Arts & Wellness presentation with Rachel Chase

June 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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A celebration of the summer solstice! Draw and paint with ACA Arts & Wellness Ambassador, Rachel Chase for mood boosting fun this summer. Do some breathing and stretching to connect with your body, then create colorful and groovy drawings and paintings to express your emotions. Summer solstice is a time to celebrate your solar energy and courageous self. What does your inner child want to do that is playful and free? You can use any art supplies you have on…

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July 2022

Creative Caregiving

July 12 - August 16
Daytona Beach Shores Communtiy Center, 3000 Bellemead Dr
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 United States
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Caregiving for a loved one is a journey of joy and difficulty. Come learn how to connect mind, body and spirit by using the arts as a tool of self-care, social interaction, and lifelong learning. Each session is in person and open to 20 participants. We welcome caregivers and their care partners (CNA / HHA are also welcome). with Sonja Jean Craig: 2 PM Tuesdays, July 12 - August 16, 2022 meets at the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center located…

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ACA Spotlight

July 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Learn about the many world-renowned Mentors of ACA.  Study works and learn techniques from contemporary art professionals, led by ACA Community Artist, Bethany Bennett. 1PM - 3PM at ACA Harris House July 16th - featuring Michelle Grabner Please bring the following supply list: Canvas or bristol board, brushes and paint colors of your choice; if you do not have these supplies, ACA will provide them for a donation. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome! image copyright © Michelle Grabner Bethany Bennett…

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August 2022

ACA Spotlight

August 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Learn about the many world-renowned Mentors of ACA.  Study works and learn techniques from contemporary art professionals, led by ACA Community Artist, Bethany Bennett. 1PM - 3PM at ACA Harris House August 20th - featuring Diana Cooper Please bring the following supply list: Canvas or bristol board, brushes and paint colors of your choice; if you do not have these supplies, ACA will provide them for a donation. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome! image copyright © Diana Cooper Bethany Bennett…

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September 2022

Self-Compassion Collage Cards – an Arts & Wellness presentation by Rachel Chase

September 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Celebrate the fall equinox! ACA Arts & Wellness Ambassador, Rachel Chase will guide a short mindfulness practice to center your mind. Make self-compassion collage cards that express compassion for life to soothe your mind and connect with your soul. Fall is the time of year when we harvest our gifts and get cozy. As we shift from summer, we can listen to our inner muse for guidance and support to keep our creative fires going. For this exercise, get some…

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October 2022

Together We Grow: A Community Quilt

October 1, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Fun for the whole family, ACA will host an event filled with art activities, performances, and more! Community Day features ACA artist ambassadors Bethany Bennett, Peggy Imbert, and Shy Morris with invited guest performers. Join us at ACA's downtown Community Arts center, Harris House and contribute to a community quilt mosaic using paints and homemade stamps. All ages, free, and open to everyone! Thank you to the following sponsors for your commitment to our 2022 Community Programs! AdventHealth|New Smyrna Beach…

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December 2022

Magical Mandalas – an Arts & Wellness presentation by Rachel Chase

December 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Celebrate the winter solstice! Take some time for you to connect with your inner light with a visualization exercise and centering contemplation. Draw and paint with ACA Arts & Wellness Ambassador, Rachel Chase to express the magic and beauty of the season. Winter Solstice is a special time of year. Use a small canvas board, paint, glue and glitter to express imagery that livens up and lightens up your heart. When it's chilly outside, find the magic and warmth inside.…

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