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atlantic center for the arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida has expanded its outreach programs to enhance the quality of life of our community by connecting mind, body and spirit through creativity. In 2012, ACA established its cutting-edge Arts & Wellness program, an initiative that reaches out to people in health care settings, as well as to all parts of the community, by combining various forms of the arts with wellness practices.

With the generous support of the Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, ACA is at the forefront of producing innovative resources for all ages. ACA works with a wide range of artists and partners to establish ongoing dynamic programs to increase the health and wellness of elders, caregivers, active adults, youth and artists. These Arts & Wellness ambassadors believe that people of every generation can explore their “inner artists” and learn from one another. The Arts & Wellness Ambassadors are a dedicated team of artists, music therapists, art therapists, and volunteers who work together to provide meaningful experiences that emphasize well-being through the arts.

Rooted in the National Center for Creative Aging’s Creative Caregiving initiative, Atlantic Center for the Arts programs include making weekly visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities where artists incorporate poetry, painting and movement into programming, which encourages residents to be creative while providing support and resources that assist both caregivers and their care recipients to have more substantive experiences together. ACA also offers Arts & Wellness programming to relieve stress, build self-esteem, and enhance the quality of life for lower income communities, young people in foster homes, and at-risk youth in Volusia County.

In addition, offerings include Arts & Wellness workshops, retreats and classes that are open to the public, including intuitive painting, expressive journaling, music and movement. ACA also arranges for internship opportunities for medical, arts and psychology students to receive hands-on experience in the field of arts and health.

For more information, contact community@atlanticcenterforthearts.org
or visit AtlanticCenterForTheArts.org