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Residency Dates: February 11 – March 18, 2023
Application Deadline: June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2022

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

Residency Statement:

The goal for each artist-in-residence at the ACA Soundscape Field Station is to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. This program invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, and soundscape researchers to live and work in Doris Leeper’s historic home in Canaveral National Seashore for 4-5 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.
Canaveral National Seashore is an ideal location for soundscape work due to its protected location on the east-central coast of Florida. 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. The ACA Soundscape Field Station at  Canaveral National Seashore offers a unique opportunity for artists to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Canaveral  National Seashore.

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?
        - What do you hope to gain from this experience?
        - How does the proposed project relate to the goals of this residency program? This residency is designed for new creative works. 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 outreach is a major part of this residency. How do you envision your work presented to the public?

               - 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.

Application fee: $25

Outreach & Donations
Community engagement is key to the success of this program. It is vital for artists to use this residency for environmental and 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 resident is required to volunteer at least 6 hours each week to interact with park visitors and facilitate community outreach. This community outreach 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 Director of Community Programs
Ivan Riascos, ACA Residency Director
Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore
Dr. Nathan Wolek, Professor of Creative Arts, Stetson University
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 more than one artist per residency if the team is working towards the same goal. We encourage cross-collaboration between artists and scientific researchers.
Each residency will offer an artist 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.).
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 the Leeper House,  located at Eldora in Apollo Beach). This is a fully furnished historic home on a remote stretch of wilderness near the Eldora State House and public trails. The house is 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 the Leeper House is 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.
The Leeper House is 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.
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 transportation to the National  Park and throughout their stay at the residency program. ACA staff can assist with short distance transportation while in residence. Please inquire with the ACA Director of Community Programs, Eve Payor at epayor@atlanticcenterforthearts.org
All artists-in-residence will have 24-hour access to Canaveral National Seashore at the Apollo Beach north entrance.

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