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


Félix Blume is a French sound artist who has created installations and sound art throughout the world, including Chile, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil and Haiti. He says, “my work focuses on the listening experience as a shared moment during the recording, as an invitation to the audience to listen. I often work with communities in a participative way. I like to learn from places and people, from the relation between inhabitants and their environment. My microphones and sound recording gear are a pretext to meet people, to listen to them, to receive sounds and capture them. I am interested in the dialogue between humans, animals and geophonic sounds. I believe there is a very deep relation between our way of listening and our way of producing sound, how we become part of a place.”


with Félix Blume

December 9, 2021
Artist Talk at 7PM
ACA Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive, NSB

December 11, 2021
Soundwalk at 11AM
Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach, meet at Eldora State House
Rain or Shine

Invitation to participate in the project, Listeners
Are you a ranger, neighbor, or visitor of Canaveral National Seashore?
Then this project is for you! You are kindly invited to participate in the project Listeners by French field-recordist, Félix Blume. You will pick your favorite location in the park and be filmed while listening to the soundscape of that place, amplified live through sensitive microphones and professional headphones. Recordings of this soundscape will become part of a sonic cartography of the Canaveral National Seashore to be published online.

Please contact ACA Community Programs department to participate during the dates of November 26 – December 26, 2021. Contact: or Félix Blume directly at


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 was 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.

November 14, 2020 – Soundwalk with 2020 AIR, Dr. Nathan Wolek

December 5, 2020 – Opening Reception for sound art exhibition by 2020 AIR, Dr. Nathan Wolek

Audio excerpts and text from the exhibition can be accessed on the event page.

Interview with the artist

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 (listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) 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 5 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 26 – December 26, 2021

Applications closed for 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 3 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 application per residency* to live and work on-site at Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach for up to 5 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
Dr. Nathan Wolek, Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University

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 5-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.