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February 2024

2024 ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore: Community Artists in Residence

February 10 - March 16
Canaveral National Seashore New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 United States + Google Map

The ACA Soundscape Field Station, a partnership between Atlantic Center for the Arts and Canaveral National Seashore, welcomes sound artists, Gordon Hempton and Perri Lynch Howard as its 2024 artists-in-residence. This residency program invites musicians, composers, and ecologists to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. Atlantic Center for the Arts has over 45 years of experience in producing artist-in-residency programs that attract distinguished artists from all over the world. From…

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March 2024

Art It Through

March 5 - March 12
Our Lady Star of the Sea, 4000 S Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 United States
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A workshop for those moving through grief after a loss. Join artist ambassador Monica Vidal for an inspiring guided opportunity to use the arts for self-care. Participants will engage in activities that allow for support and creative expression, and they will build together tools to help them move forward while navigating the stages of grief. These activities focus on play and imagination, using various types of collage, painting, sculpture, writing, movement, and music. No artistic experience necessary. All supplies provided.…

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Sound is an Expression of Space: The Art of Listening w/Gordon Hempton and Perri Lynch Howard

March 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ACA Main Campus, 1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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ACA Soundscape Field Station artists-in-residence, Gordon Hempton and Perri Lynch Howard present an evening of conversation and stories about the sounds and quiet within the environment. The artists will host a candid interview about how the soundscape of Canaveral National Seashore compares with other global soundscapes, and how this coastline has influenced their artistic work. The audience is invited to share in this conversation by interacting with the artists and active listening exercises (accessible for those with hearing loss). This special…

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Soundwalk with Artists-in-Residence Gordon Hempton & Perri Lynch Howard

March 9, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Canaveral National Seashore New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 United States + Google Map

11 AM Rain or Shine Explore the sounds and rhythms of our urban and natural world with Atlantic Center for the Arts. Beneficial for people of all ages to relieve stress, gain focus, and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into the ecosystem of our environment. March 9 – Featuring the ACA Soundscape Field Station Artists in Residence at Canaveral National Seashore. Location: Canaveral National Seashore, Apollo Beach (7611 Atlantic Ave S, New Smyrna Beach). Meet at Eldora…

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Open Studio feat. Perri Lynch Howard & Gordon Hempton

March 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
ACA at Harris House, 214 S Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Join the ACA Soundscape Field Station Artist-in-Residence, Perri Lynch Howard for an open studio with collaborator Gordon Hempton. The artists will be using ACA Harris House Gallery as an open studio, inviting the public to investigate their creation of sound installations with visual touchstones delving into the process of finding edges in our soundscape. March 14, 2024 from 12-2PM ACA Harris House 214 S. Riverside Drive, NSB In Perri's own words: "My artistic expression has, since the beginning, involved the…

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ACA Spotlight

March 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ACA Downtown: Yurick Studios, 123 Douglas Street
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 artist, Bethany Bennett. Image credit: Miriam Schapiro 1PM – 3PM at ACA Yurick Studios (123 Douglas St. New Smyrna Beach) 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. Bethany Bennett is an interdisciplinary…

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Light is Key

March 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning how to shape and use light in photography is a transformative skill that can elevate your portraiture work to new heights. Join local photographer, James Carey (of Cultuvue Productions) for a live demonstration of his creative process. Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 1PM ACA Harris House 214 S. Riverside Drive, NSB Free and open to everyone. No registration required. Known as an alchemist, James Carey transforms photographs into pieces of storytelling art. By perfecting the pose and mastering the art of…

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#Greatness: Behind the Scenes

March 25 - May 3
Volusia County Public Schools United States

ACA and Justincredible present a talent showcase featuring local and regional performing artists discussing their craft during a full day interactive workshop in Volusia County Public Schools. The artists will be mentoring students on the process of being an artist and inspiring them to find their creative voice. All students are welcome! Runs throughout the 2023-24 school year. For more information and to book at your school, contact ACA Community Programs at community@atlanticcenterforthearts.org Open to Volusia County Public School students…

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Creative Expressions for Veterans

March 26 - October 29
Daytona Beach Vet Center, 1620 Mason Ave., Suite C
Daytona Beach, FL 32117 United States
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Atlantic Center for the Arts is proud to partner with the Daytona Beach Vet Center to present ongoing workshops of music, writing, and visual art. The arts are a tool of discovery,  social interaction, lifelong learning, and reintegration. These workshops will share ways that creativity can enhance your life and bring joy to each day. Read more about the NEA Creative Forces Initiative for Veterans here. Daytona Beach Vet Center 1620 Mason Ave Suite C. Daytona Beach 4th Tuesday of…

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Literary Tea

March 28, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A gathering, facilitated by Sonja Jean Craig, of writers and listeners. The first part of the program features a mentor, who will speak on relevant issues for the writing journey. Followed be an opportunity to share whatever you are working on, all types of writing. Tea and snacks will be available. Back by popular demand, Doreen Graeff-Coyle, Vocalist and Performer, will bring her expertise to add impact to public readings with multi media. The objective is to allow the writer…

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April 2024

Freeing Our Poetic Voices

April 3 - April 24

Celebrate National Poetry Month with ACA! Convinced that sonnets are for Sonneteers? Sure that writing in the traditional poetic forms is the surest way to muzzle creativity? Join Florida Poet Laureate for Volusia County, M.B. McLatchey, in exploring how writing in poetic forms – chants, odes, haikus, epistolary poems, and more – can unleash our most authentic voices. Beginners to advanced-level poets are invited. 4 sessions: Wednesdays on April 3, 10, 17, 24 4-6PM ACA Harris House (214 S. Riverside Drive,…

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Speak Your Peace – The Use of Music and Art for Healing

April 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join ACA and guest artist Katie Martin for an afternoon of exploring sound frequencies, plant music, and healing through words and vibrations . Katie will discuss the power of words and intention when using art and music for a source of healing, while also diving into the world of sound healing through certain tones and frequencies.  She’ll be creating musical soundscapes for participators to collaborate in. It doesn't matter if you're an artist, writer, dancer, musician or just looking for a…

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Seed Lynn, Children’s Home Society: Photography As Voice

April 6, 4:00 PM - April 26, 2:00 PM

Photography as Voice, led by ACA Community Artist Bethany Bennett, is an intensive photography workshop produced in partnership with the Children’s Home Society. Through this program, children work with photographer Seed Lynn to produce a series of self-portraits exploring narrative storytelling. This exhibition seeks to provide a platform aim that gives children the confidence to exercise their voice and agency for self-authorship, and empower them to be seen.  Reception: Saturday, April 6 |  4-7 PM Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-2 PM

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Sharing Our Research With Everyone

April 11, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Brannon Civic Center, 105 S Riverside Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Celebrate Indian River Lagoon by attending this convening presented by Marine Discovery Center, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Volusia County Public Schools, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. ShORE is composed of citizens dedicated to creating public awareness on protecting the fragile ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon. All stakeholders who have an interest in restoring and preserving the integrity of the Indian River Lagoon system are encouraged…

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Book signing with ShORE keynote speaker, Clay Henderson

April 11, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
ACA at Harris House, 214 S Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Join ACA and ShORE for a book signing after this year's annual conference. Keynote speaker, Clay Henderson will sign his book, Forces of Nature.  Clay Henderson is an environmental lawyer and educator who has worked to protect Florida land since the 1980s. Henderson drafted or sponsored many of the environmental provisions in the Florida Constitution, including the creation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Everglades Trust Fund. He has served as president of the Florida Audubon…

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ACA Arts & Wellness Academy

April 19 - April 21
$125

“Art has a power to focus us on extraordinary and transcendent insights into what one’s life purpose can be.” Alex Grey Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is driven by a mission that focuses on multidisciplinary artistic collaboration and mentorship. Since 2015, ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors have developed a shared culture and experiential method that connects the arts to community health. We invite teaching artists, community leaders, and healthcare professionals to learn these techniques and best practices in a…

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ACA Spotlight

April 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ACA Downtown: Yurick Studios, 123 Douglas Street
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 artist, Bethany Bennett. Image credit: Robert Natkin 1PM – 3PM at ACA Yurick Studios (123 Douglas St. New Smyrna Beach) 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. Bethany Bennett is an interdisciplinary…

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POETRY, LYRICS AND QUOTES OH MY! – an art journaling workshop

April 27, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Live Oak Cultural Center, 1050 Live Oak Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Humans have fallen in love with certain poetry, lyrics, and quotes since these art forms began! And what is it about certain song lyrics, poems or quotes that stir our emotions or leave a positive or relatable impact on us? Find a song that you love the lyrics to, or a favorite poem or quote that inspires you and print it or write it by hand. Find some imagery that feels right to go with it or just find colors…

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Speaking with the Land

April 27, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ACA Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, 1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Join ACA and Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience for a fun, educational celebration of the lands surrounding Atlantic Center for the Arts. The ACA main campus encompasses 69 acres of wilderness which borders the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This land remains an inspiration for artists and the community, and is known for its biodiversity and beauty. In the spirit of Doc Leeper, this event will celebrate these unique lands with hands-on creative family activities that share…

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May 2024

Hidden Orchestra – an Arts & Wellness Writing Retreat

May 2 - May 5
ACA Amphitheater, 1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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$550

Within each one of us are many voices, many directions that the imagination finds itself being pulled in. When we chase that feeling, letting go of what we expect or what is required, we find interesting threads emerge on our creative journey. Hidden Orchestra: Exploring Parallel Selves is a writing retreat focused on intersections of music, writing, creativity, and the multitude of creative selves within each of us. In this event, participants will discover and explore “heteronyms,” or other authorial…

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