March 2010: Atlantic Center for the Arts


Artist of the Month     >    2010 Artists


NAME: Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA)
LOCATION: 1414 Art Center Avenue New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168 USA
ART: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts
MAIN GENRE: All of the above
ARTS AFFILIATIONS: Alliance of Artists Communities


Please describe your organization’s artistic themes
Wide ranging, and varying – ACA will work with the biggest star in the most mainstream discipline to the most obscure star in an emerging discipline.

What is your organization’s artistic mission, process, or methods of helping the artistic community?
Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.

What are your organization’s artistic goals?
To support artists in a creative and stimulating environment.

Tell us about your organization’s programming
Our residency program brings together internationally-acclaimed master artists from different disciplines with talented artists who are selected by the masters. The artists attend a three-week residency session that includes master classes, individual critiques, opportunities for collaboration, and private studio time. Atlantic Center for the Arts officially opened in 1982 for the first residency with author James Dickey, sculptor Duane Hanson and composer David Del Tredici (photo pictured above). Since then, over 135 interdisciplinary residencies have take place, featuring 390 Master Artists and over 2,650 Associate Artists, 30% from Florida. Atlantic Center is often the starting point for new works which go on to be produced at national performance centers such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, the Walker Art Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

What advice could you give to emerging artists?
Develop your network – both professional and personal – it will help you in the long run of your artistic career.

How can one get involved with or join your organization?
Artists may get involved by joining the ACA mailing list and applying for residencies.


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