Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts

  1. About

Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world.

The three week Residency Program brings together three “Master Artists” from different disciplines, such as the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, and multimedia), architecture, music (composition and performance), literature, choreography, dance, performance art, and theater . Each Master Artist determines the requirements and basic structure of their residency, and through an online application process, they each select eight “Associate Artists” to participate in the three-week program. The essence of the program is to provide a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the cross-fertilization of disciplines. The programs can include formal classes, discussions, individual meetings, individual and group critiques, collaboration, and private studio time. The award-winning Leeper Studio Complex provides residents with resources such as a painting studio, sculpture studio, digital media studio, dance studio, music/recording studio, writers’ studio, black box theatre and library.

During its 35th year anniversary, ACA is excited to expand its long-standing commitment to the community by launching a Community Artist in Residence (CAIR) program in the fall of 2012.

There will be two 4 month residencies each year. The chosen artist will live upstairs in our Harris House facility (pictured above/below) and will use the downstairs as a public work area. The Community Artist will be charged with creating a project that directly involves and interacts with the community as a whole or some portion of it. The project will also leave a lasting and meaningful impact on the community.


Atlantic Center for the Arts
1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

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