Atlantic Center for the Arts

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 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.


The residency begins with an informal supper to introduce the artists to Atlantic Center and one another, and to discuss the schedule and format for the residency. Artists are given a tour of the grounds and the shared studio spaces. Private accommodations are provided for each artist. Associate Artists are provided with a private room with a full-size bed, bathroom with shower, small refrigerator, and desk space with a view of the natural vegetation. Master Artists each have their own cottage that also includes a full kitchen and sitting area, as well as views of the surrounding landscape. Three meals a day are provided in the Whatmore Commons during the week to all artists; special dietary needs are accommodated. Meals are not provided on the weekends, however, ACA arranges transportation to the market twice a week and the kitchen facilities in the Whatmore Commons are available 24/7. The entire facility is handicap accessible and handicap-accessible rooms are available.


Discipline: Performing, Visual, Media, and Literary Arts, Architecture and Music

Eligibility: Mid-career artists

Session: February-October, 2-week sessions


Description: Atlantic Center for the Arts Artists-In-Residence provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Live/workspace and meals provided.


1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168