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A two-day symposium that focuses on caring for caregivers in the military continuum, creative caregiving across the lifespan, and self care.

Atlantic Center for the Arts
1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168


Is this event for me?
Artists, arts in health practitioners, creative arts therapists, arts educators, arts administrators, museum educators, healthcare professionals and administrators, caregivers, and anyone interested in arts in health are encouraged to attend!

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Caregivers in the Military Continuum

A military caregiver is a family member, friend, or acquaintance who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military servicemember. 
As the arts are brought into military care, creative arts therapists, community artists and art educators are also both becoming military caregivers, and offering care for caregivers. 

During the course of the Caregivers in the Military Continuum Track, symposium attendees will hear from creative art therapists working in the NEA Creative Forces initiatives across Florida, active service members, veterans, veteran-artists, and community artists working with veterans. The track will include speaker presentations, a panel discussion on how to best access the military caregiver population, and an art-breakout session.

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Creative Caregiving Across the Lifespan

The arts should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or abilities. From early childhood through Alzheimers and dementia care, the arts have been shown to benefit all populations. 

Recently, a focus on creative caregiving is underway, and the Creative Caregiving Across the Lifespan Track offers dual focus: best practices for arts based interventions that caregivers can use for those they care for and how arts in health practitioners can offer creative experiences for the caregivers themselves. 

Leaders in the fields of accessibility, arts and aging, and creative caregiving will offer engaging presentations, a panel discussion will take place on how best to engage in creative caretaking, and an art-breakout session will be offered.

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The Arts & Self Care

We are all caregivers at some point in our lives, whether professionally as creative arts therapists, arts in health practitioners, or educators; or more personally, as caregivers for friends and loved ones.

Caring for oneself is an integral component to being able to best care for others. On Day Two, all symposium attendees will come together to learn self-care strategies to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, best practices for maintaining resilience, and participate in creative self-care activities.


Symposium Registration includes:

OPTIONAL: Overnight accommodations at Atlantic Center for the Arts, April 30, 2018
OPTIONAL: Overnight accommodations at Atlantic Center for the Arts, May 1, 2018

About Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit interdisciplinary artists' community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented midcareer artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world's most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.

Nestled on a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts.


Associate Artist Housing

Attendees of the Creative Caregiving Symposium are invited to stay overnight on April 30 and May 1 in ACA's Associate Artist Housing. Each unit is equipped with a full sized bed, work desk, radio alarm clock, small refrigerator and private bath with shower. Bed and bath linens are provided. Wireless internet is provided in Associate housing, but the rooms do not have a television or phone. We invite you to relax and use this symposium as a retreat and chance to unplug!

A telephone is available at the Commons for free local calls.

Four rooms are designed to be handicap accessible suites with required accessibility features as well as an extra bed for a caretaker. Please note on your registration form if you require the use of one of these units during a program, or email if you have further questions about housing.

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