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ACA Harris House

Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist-in-Residence

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 opportunitiy to work and collaborate with some of the world's most distinguished contemporaty artists in the fields of music composition, visual, literary and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions. 

As a venerated international artists’ community, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA)  has a strong local presence and relationships in the community of New Smyrna Beach, Florida—a small coastal town of around 30,000. In 2012, ACA expanded its long-standing commitment to the community by launching a Community Artist in Residence (CAIR) program.

Each year, Atlantic Center for the Arts hosts two, 4 month residencies for Community Artists. The chosen artist will live upstairs in our Harris House facility 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.


New Smyrna Beach, Florida: United States

Located just five miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios for painting, sculpture, music/recording, writing, and dance, a black box theater, digital computer lab, and resource library. Modern studios on 69 acres of lush palmetto and pine forest in the midst of 2,200 acres of ecological preserve, on the richest tidal estuary in North America.


  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Application deadline: August 03

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

A $6,000 honorarium, $2,000 for living expenses and $2,000 for materials are provided.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Community artists are expected to develop a project that will engage the community and leave a positive, lasting impact.

Contact Information

214 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
United States