Artist In Residence

2023 Artist Smoliki

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We are honored to welcome sound artist, Jacek Smolicki to the ACA Soundscape Field Station in February 2023. Smolicki is a Fulbright Scholar currently pursuing an international post doctorate at Simon Fraser University and Harvard University, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

For his residency with ACA, he plans to involve the local community in his creative work while living at the Doris Leeper House at Canaveral National Seashore. He says, "As a sound artist and currently a postdoc researcher within soundscape studies, acoustic ecology, and environmental humanities, I have been drawn to places with complex histories and uncertain futures. I have been particularly interested in borderland territories, the so-called ecotones where several different ecosystems co-exist, collide, and interact."

Jacek Smolicki will be in residence from February 11 - March 18, 2023, then featured at the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) conference at ACA from March 22 - 26, 2023.


free (with park admission) and open to everyone

February 18th at 1PM: Welcome reception & Artist Talk at the Leeper House (Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach) March 11th at 11AM: Soundwalk at Spruce Creek Preserve MTB Trailhead at Martin Dairy Road (Google map point) March 22nd at 3PM: Sound Art installation and Soundwalk for Listening Pasts – Listening Futures at ACA (main campus) March 22nd at 7PM: WFAE conference keynote panel discussion at Stetson University

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A variety of articles highlighting the works created by the artist in residencies.

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The Artist-In-Residence Program

The legacy of artist and environmentalist Doris Leeper has connected Canaveral National Seashore and Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) for many years. The two organizations are now embarking on a collaboration that uses creative arts to advocate for environmental health. Leeper’s home at Eldora, located on the grounds of Canaveral National Seashore, is the site of an environmental artist residency program unlike any other in the United States. ACA's Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is the first of its kind in the United States dedicated to preservation of natural sounds, following in the tradition of other types of successful National Park Service artist residency programs located in more than 100 parks throughout the country.

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ACA's Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore , managed jointly by Canaveral National Seashore and Atlantic Center for the Arts is designed to provide a creative platform where sound artists and scientists can discover sustainable solutions and raise awareness of sound as a natural resource. The goal for each artist-in-residence is to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and futuregenerations.

From urban design to wildlife ecology, the sounds of our environment tell a story of wildlife biodiversity and the health of people living in that community. The World Health Organization has compiled evidence that, “the burden of disease from environmental noise” can cause:

  • anxiety, hypertension, sleep deprivation, and high blood pressure

  • lack of concentration, loss of hearing, and loss of communication

In addition, adverse effects of human-based noise on wildlife causes:

ACA's Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is a:

  • creative studio

  • community classroom

  • audio laboratory

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. ACA's 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. The curation team for this program is led by Atlantic Center for the Arts, an organization with over 40 years of experience in producing artist-in-residency programs that attract distinguished artists from all over the world.

This program invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, and soundscape ecologists to live and work in a historic home in Canaveral National Seashore for 4-6 weeks. Artists are encouraged to explore innovative ideas about environmental health and soundscape preservation. Each resident is required to volunteer time each week to interact with park visitors and facilitate community outreach. 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, slide lectures, visitor center resources, or video documentation.

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ACA's Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is funded by contributions from individuals, private foundations, and educational institutions.
Support this program by contacting Eve Payor, Atlantic Center for the Arts Director of Community Programs at 386-427-6975 or click here.

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Last updated: January 13, 2023

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