Welcome to Atlantic Center for the Arts programs submissions page. We are currently accepting applications for open calls listed below. Carefully read application(s) as requirements and qualifications vary each program.

Please note: You cannot edit your submission after it has been completed. It is recommended that you create a backup of your application materials and review before uploading and submitting on Submittable. You are allotted one application per program.

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Residency Dates: February 22 - March 29, 2025
Application Deadline: July 26, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST
Notification of Acceptance: September 3, 2024

 To read about the inception and history of the ACA Soundscape Field Station, click here.

Residency Statement:

 This unique program was designed as a community residency, with the goal for each artist-in-residence at the ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore to share innovative approaches that give us greater knowledge and understanding of the importance of a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. This residency also aligns with the National Park Service goals of Canaveral National Seashore to preserve and protect the outstanding natural, scenic, scientific, ecologic, and historic values of certain lands, shoreline, and waters of the State of Florida. The ACA Soundscape Field Station invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, acoustic ecologists and researchers to live and work within the park boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore for 5 weeks.  Doris ‘Doc’ Leeper was the founder of Atlantic Center for the Arts and was instrumental in the establishment of Canaveral National Seashore as a National Park in 1975. This program will house the artist(s)-in-residence within the Eldora community, nearby the historic home of 'Doc' Leeper.
Canaveral National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped, wild coastline on the east coast of the United States. The park contains 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters, representing an excellent example of a relatively stable barrier beach backed by a productive lagoon system. This stretch of land is known as one of the darkest spots on the east coast of Florida and is the control for darkness studies on sea turtle disorientation. In past years, our field station artists have noted the increase in pilot training fly overs and spaceport launches, which can be challenging for atmospheric field recording. There is opportunity to highlight the rich biodiversity of Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon, as well as the nearby wildlife refuge, Merritt Island (a habitat for birds and coastal wildlife). The ACA Soundscape Field Station at  Canaveral National Seashore offers an opportunity for artists to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Canaveral National Seashore. On January 3, 2025 the park will observe its 50th anniversary and we hope to highlight the community engagement of our artist(s)-in-residence as part of this celebration.

Application Requirements:

  • Artist Statement (250-word max.)
  • Letter of Intent that addresses the following questions (750-word max.):
          - What interests you about applying for a residency at Canaveral National Seashore?
          - How does the proposed project relate to the goals of this residency program? This residency is designed for new creative works and community engagement. If you have a work-in-progress, please explain how it will be furthered or completed at this program. Please note the requirement for donation of a creative work, below.
         - Community engagement is a major part of this residency. How do you envision your work to include community engagement and/or be presented to the public?   

               - What do you hope to gain from this experience? 

               - Include any special needs that you will require from ACA.  

  • Description of the proposed project (500-word max.), including 5 images (sketches, drawing, pictures, etc.), or 5 audio files (no more than 5 minutes long), or 5 video files (no more than 5 minutes long), or a combination of the different formats, but no more than 5 files in total.
  • CV (no longer than one page), examples of previous work (no more than 10 files in any format and no longer than 5 minutes in duration), and a link to your website.

 - Your materials may be submitted in any of the following common file formats; .pdf, .jpg, .mp4, .mov, .mp3. If your combined files exceed 25 MB, please organize them in one discrete folder shared on dropbox or google drive and send the link with permission to download your submissions.

 - Artists must provide their own creative materials and A/V gear. ACA staff will work to provide venues, community partners, and promotion of your donated creative work. It may be possible for ACA to supply in-house sound systems, TV monitor, and select gallery items for exhibitions, artist talks, and indoor public presentations.
 - Artists and/or scientists applying as a team (up to 4 people) may submit one joint application. We accept installation proposals and collaborations in visual arts.

Application fee: $25

Public Engagement & Creative Work Donation
 Community engagement is key to the success of this program. It is vital for artists to use this residency for environmental and creative arts advocacy that connects youth and adults to the goals of the ACA Soundscape Field Station at  Canaveral National Seashore. These engagement activities contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Canaveral National Seashore, offering an opportunity to experience the park in new ways.  Each artist is required to volunteer at least 6 hours each week to interact with park visitors and facilitate community engagement. This community engagement will be a collaborative effort with Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) and Canaveral National Seashore (CANA) staff.
 In a continuing effort to offer interpretive programs to the public, artists are asked to donate a tangible creative work produced at the residency. These works may take the form of exhibitions, digital recordings, site-specific installations, performances, slide lectures, visitor center resources, or video documentation. The artist maintains the copyright to the creative work and agrees to grant permission to ACA and CANA to use and publish (including  CANA website) for the purposes of interpretation, exhibits, and education. This donation does not include mechanical rights to reproduce or distribute the creative work for profit without written permission from the artist. Any creative works used by ACA and CANA will include the language: “This creative work was produced under the Atlantic Center for the Arts artist-in-residence program at Canaveral National  Seashore.”
 The selection process is managed by Atlantic Center for the Arts and Canaveral National Seashore. This committee will select one applicant per residency* to live and work on-site at Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach for up to 5 weeks. Selections will be made based on merit and how an artist’s work can advance the mission and goals of the ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore.
Committee Members:
 Eve Payor, ACA Community Arts Director
 Sadie Woods, ACA Curatorial and Residency Director
 Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore
 Dr. Nathan Wolek, Professor of Creative Arts, Stetson University 

Ivan Riascos, Artist and Educator
 The curation committee will treat all applicants fairly, regardless of race, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, or marital status.
* it is possible to house up to four artists per residency if the team is working towards the same goal. We encourage cross-collaboration between artists and scientific researchers.
 Each residency offers a stipend of $2400 for a full 5-week program. If the artist prefers a shorter stay, the stipend is pro-rated. On request, ACA staff will provide letters of support to the chosen artist for additional funding to be used for the program (transportation, artist gear, etc.). No transportation is provided.
 Each residency will offer an additional food stipend of $50 per day. The nearest grocery store is 15 minutes driving time from the park. The kitchen of the Leeper House contains a refrigerator, microwave, oven,  stove, and basic accessories.
 Canaveral National Seashore manages and maintains two private houses located within the Eldora community in Apollo Beach (North District). Depending on availability, one of these houses will be offered. Each are fully furnished on a remote stretch of wilderness near the Eldora State House and public trails. Each are climate controlled and ADA compliant.  Housekeeping will occur at the beginning and end of the residency.  Artists are responsible for bringing trash bags to designated locations in the park. If both houses are unavailable for any reason, artists will be offered accommodation at ACA main campus (1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach) with 24-hour access to Canaveral National Seashore for creative purposes.
 Bed and bath linens are provided. Laundry facilities are located at the maintenance facility in the park.
 Accommodations within the park are located in a remote wilderness area of Canaveral National  Seashore. There is cell phone reception, but no cable internet. It is recommended to use your phone data as a hotspot for wifi inside the house. Wifi is offered by the park at the Visitor’s Center, and at ACA main campus.
 Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach is accessible from New Smyrna  Beach via US Hwy 1. The closest airport is Daytona Beach (DAB), 45 minutes driving time, or Orlando International (MCO), 90-120 minutes driving time. Artists are responsible for their own transportation to the National  Park and throughout their stay at the residency program. ACA staff can assist with short distance transportation outside the park, and offer a bicycle and canoe for traveling within the six-mile stretch of Apollo Beach north district. Please inquire with the ACA Community Arts Director, Eve Payor at epayor@atlanticcenterforthearts.org
 All artists-in-residence will have 24-hour access to Canaveral National Seashore at the Apollo Beach north district.

The Atlantic Center for the Arts cordially invites all previous Associate Artists to participate in INFOBAHN Exhibition. This annual alumni show exhibits modern and contemporary visual art, literary arts, performing arts, and time-based works in digital format. Submissions are open to all past Associate Artists who have attended the residency program.

Please submit one artwork per artist or collective. We are accepting all artwork of all disciplines in digital format only. This includes visual, literary, performance, time-based arts, and publications. All accepted submissions will be exhibited in the Pabst Gallery. Further information is included in the exhibition application. Be sure to read requirements and submit files as instructed. Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2024 11:59 PM
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, February 14-Friday, April 25, 2025
Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:00-7:00 PM

Atlantic Center for the Arts