The Sounds of Healing - Healing Through Sound

Atlantic Center for the Arts Presents “The Sounds of Healing―Healing Through Sound”

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and Grammy-Award Winning Guitarist Larry Mitchell to Perform LIVE on Facebook

Because poetry and song are healing agents, given to us to break through to freedom.

Because music can express rage, sorrow, beauty, gratitude and love all at once.

Because we have been wounded and we are tired of the fight. We need a place to rest.

Because all people were given the same instructions, to love one another.

Because playing, creating, listening to and being music is the healing.

- Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate and the first Native American to be given the title

Larry Mitchell, Grammy-award winning producer/performer and former artist-in-residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, will host a Facebook LIVE concert “The Sounds of Healing―Healing Through Sound” from the Harris Theater at Atlantic Center. We invite the community to come together as we stream this important performance on this Saturday, June 20, from 3-5 PM.

Joining Mitchell is former two-time artist-in-residence Joy Harjo, a Muscogee Creek poet, musician, and playwright who in April 2020 was named for a second term as United States Poet Laureate and is the first Native American in the history to be given the title; Dawn Avery, composer, cellist, vocalist, educator, Grammy and NAMA-nominated performer; Randi Driscoll, award-winning singer/songwriter and actress; and Katie Martin, blues, folk and soul performer. Joy’s words (above) speak to today’s issues, and the performance will focus on a message for healing our communities.

“These are unprecedented times, which call for unprecedented love and understanding. As artists, we can offer our craft, our hearts, our hope; as musicians, we can offer our voice, our words and our songs, let these sounds contribute to the collective consciousness of healing,” says Mitchell.

Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artist-in-residence community in New Smyrna Beach, FL, was founded in 1977 by Doris Leeper on the principle of supporting all voices in creating a more just world through the arts.

“Through 176 residencies, Atlantic Center has provided a safe platform for visual, literary and performing artists to discuss their craft, issues such as inequity and social justice, and build empathy and understanding with its supporters,” says Executive Director Nancy Lowden Norman. “We are about building community and the belief that artists shape our future.”

A limited number of guests will be invited to attend the in-person event in the Harris Theater due to social-distancing measures. The concert will also be presented as a Facebook Live event that can be viewed later on ACA’s YouTube channel. For more information, or to support the work of Atlantic Center for the Arts, please visit or call 386-427-6975.