Atlantic Center for the Arts Partners with AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach to Connect the Arts and Healing

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., January 21, 2020 — Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) and AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach have developed a formal partnership to instill the arts into the healthcare continuum.

AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach recently donated $5,000 to support ACA’s programs within the arts and wellness initiative, funding two programs each month during the 2020 season, including Soundwalks, creative writing and expressive art journaling. In addition, ACA Art Ambassadors will lead programs with four of the hospital’s support groups in 2020. 

“We are really excited about our partnership with Atlantic Center for the Arts and their program that enriches our community with the arts,” said Dr. Dennis Hernandez, AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach CEO. “With a focus on wellness, programs like this allow for creative expression and provide therapeutic remedies. They align well with our mission at AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach to provide care that is centered on the whole person.”

“The ACA Arts and Wellness initiative is an integral part of connecting the arts to community health, and the support of AdventHealth brings this goal directly into the fabric of society,” said Eve Payor, ACA director of community programs.

In 2012, ACA began to integrate various forms of the arts into its community programs and in healthcare settings. The ACA staff work with a team of professional artists to create programs that increase the health and wellness of elders, caregivers, veterans, active adults and students. These programs support healthy living and reach thousands of residents throughout the Southeast Volusia community. 

In addition to its internationally acclaimed artist residency program, ACA offers more than 200 free community programs each year, engaging over 70,000 people annually.

For more information about Atlantic Center for the Arts, visit atlanticcenterforthearts.org. 

About AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach
AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach has 109-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach, visit AdventHealthNewSmyrnaBeach.com. 

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The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) and AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach have developed a formal partnership to engrain the arts into the healthcare continuum. From left to right: Dr. Dennis Hernandez, AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach CEO, and Eve Payor, ACA director of community programs. 

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