ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is a partnership between Atlantic Center for the Arts and Canaveral National Seashore. It is the first of its kind in the United States dedicated to preservation of natural sound, following in the tradition of other types of successful U.S. National Park Service artist-in-residence programs located in more than 100 parks throughout the country.

“This exciting endeavor promises to strengthen the connection between science and art.” – Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore


November 14, 2020 – Soundwalk with 2020 AIR, Dr. Nathan Wolek
11AM at Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach North District. Meet at Visitor’s Center.

December 4 & 5, 2020 – Opening Reception for sound art exhibition by 2020 AIR, Dr. Nathan Wolek
On display December 7-11, 2020 from 10AM-4PM at ACA Harris House (214 S. Riverside Dr., NSB)


The program was inaugurated in November 2019 when we welcomed artists from Wild Sanctuary, the internationally acclaimed soundscape field research and sound arts group founded by Dr. Bernie Krause. Dr. Krause, a world-renowned bioacoustican, was a key figure in implementing natural soundscapes as a resource for the U. S. National Park Service. His sound art has been installed in museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, and Chicago Academy of Sciences. Dr. Krause’s colleague, Jack Hines was on-site to collect audio recordings at the 2019 residency. Both artists worked together on the final creative work, and led public outreach throughout Volusia County.

In 2020, the artist in residence is Dr. Nathan Wolek of Stetson University. His involvement in the program helped support the inaugural year, and continues to make a strong impact on local awareness of soundscape ecology.  Dr. Wolek will use this residency as the starting point for a project as a Fulbright Scholar. He explains, “As a sound artist, I have been using audio field recording since 2005. At first, I was interested in it purely to obtain unique sound material for my music making activities. But since 2013, my creative agenda has shifted away from live music performance and more toward soundscape ecology. My interests are now focused on locations where people intentionally go to be in closer contact with nature like our state and national parks. These places have such interesting overlaps between human, wildlife, and Earth generated sounds. I tend to exhaustively explore certain locations by recording them over and over, then edit that material into a sound collage that represents that location. I am very excited for the opportunity to apply these methods while working at the Canaveral National Seashore in the months ahead. I was born and raised in Central Florida, so I have many fond memories of traveling to the beaches in Volusia and Brevard counties. I know it will be a fertile location to document and explore via sound.” Dr. Wolek will begin audio recording at Canaveral National Seashore in the spring of this year and continue through the fall.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMThe legacy of artist and environmentalist Doris Leeper has connected Canaveral National Seashore and Atlantic Center for the Arts for many years. Doris ‘Doc’ Leeper lived in a turn of the century home on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon in Eldora from 1958 to 1975 where she painted and created sculptural works. She was instrumental in the creation of Canaveral National Seashore to protect the beauty of this wild coastal habitat from development.

Canaveral National Seashore and Atlantic Center for the Arts have embarked on a collaboration that carries on this legacy. Leeper’s home at Eldora is the site of an environmental artist residency program designed to provide a creative platform where sound artists and scientists can discover sustainable solutions and raise awareness of sound as a natural resource.

From urban design to wildlife ecology, the sounds of our environment tell a story of wildlife biodiversity and the health of people living in that community. The World Health Organization has compiled evidence that, “the burden of disease from environmental noise” can cause:

  • anxiety, hypertension, sleep deprivation, and high blood pressure
  • lack of concentration, loss of hearing, and loss of communication

In addition, adverse effects of human-based noise on wildlife cause:

  • changes in animal behavior, including, mating, navigation, migration, and feeding
    (source – National Park Service Natural Sounds Division)

ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is a:

  • creative studio
  • community classroom
  • audio laboratory

The goal for each artist-in-residence is to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. This program invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, and soundscape researchers to live and work in Doris Leeper’s historic home in Canaveral National Seashore for 4-6 weeks.

ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is funded by contributions from individuals, private foundations, and educational institutions.
Support this program by clicking here or contacting Eve Payor, ACA Director of Community Programs at 386-427-6975 or

Residency dates: November 6 – December 11, 2020 with Dr. Nathan Wolek
Residency dates: November 5 – December 10, 2021

Applications open: February 1, 2021
Application deadline: April 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2021

Community engagement is a key to the success of this program. It is vital for artists to use this residency for environmental and arts advocacy that connects youth and adults to the goals of ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore. These engagement activities contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Canaveral National Seashore, offering an opportunity to experience the park in new ways. Each resident is required to volunteer at least 6 hours each week to interact with park visitors and facilitate community outreach. This community outreach will be a collaborative effort with Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) and Canaveral National Seashore (CANA) staff.

In a continuing effort to offer interpretive programs to the public, artists are asked to donate a tangible creative work produced at the residency. These works may take the form of exhibitions, digital recordings, slide lectures, visitor center resources, or video documentation. The artist maintains copyright to the creative work and agrees to grant permission to ACA and CANA to use and publish (including CANA website) for the purposes of interpretation, exhibits, and education. This donation does not include mechanical rights to reproduce or distribute the creative work for profit without written permission from the artist. Any creative works used by ACA and CANA will include the language: “This creative work was produced under the Atlantic Center for the Arts artist-in-residence program at Canaveral National Seashore.”

The selection process is managed by Atlantic Center for the Arts and Canaveral National Seashore. This committee will select one applicant per residency* to live and work on-site at Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach for up to 6 weeks. Selections will be made based on merit and how an artist’s work can advance the mission and goals of ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore.

Committee Members
Eve Payor, ACA Director of Community Programs
Ivan Riascos, ACA Residency Director
Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore

The curation committee will treat all applicants fairly, regardless of race, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, or marital status.

* it is possible to house more than one artist per residency, if the team is working towards the same goal. We encourage cross collaboration between artists and scientific researchers.

Each residency will offer an artist stipend of $2400 for a full 6-week program.

Each residency will offer an additional food stipend of $50 per day. The nearest grocery store is 15 minutes driving time from the park. The kitchen of the Leeper House contains a refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, and basic accessories.

Canaveral National Seashore manages and maintains the Leeper House, located at Eldora in Apollo Beach). This is a fully furnished historic home on a remote stretch of wilderness near the Eldora House and public trails. The house is climate controlled, as well as ADA compliant. Housekeeping will occur at the beginning and end of the residency. Artists are responsible for bringing trash bags to designated locations in the park.

Bed and bath linens are provided. Laundry facilities are located at the maintenance facility in the park.

The Leeper House is in a remote wilderness area of Canaveral National Seashore. There is cell phone reception, but no cable internet. It is recommended to use your phone data as a hotspot for wifi inside the house. Wifi is offered by the park at the Visitor’s Center.

Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach is accessible from New Smyrna Beach via US Hwy 1. The closest airport is Daytona Beach (DAB), 45 minutes driving time, or Orlando International (MCO), 90-120 minutes driving time. Artists are responsible for transportation to the National Park and throughout their stay at the residency program. ACA staff can assist with short distance transportation while in residence. Please inquire with the ACA Director of Community Programs, Eve Payor at
All artists-in-residence will have 24 hour access to Canaveral National Seashore at the Apollo Beach north entrance.