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The Studios of Key West offers up to forty juried residencies per year to working artists and writers from around the world. Residencies are awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary artists. A TSKW residency is considered less of a "retreat", and more of a chance for creative immersion in a vibrant island community.
The Studios of Key West is a professional non-profit cultural organization now in its fifth year as a multidisciplinary presenter, arts center, and artist residency provider. TSKW is driven by a distinct cultural and educational mission to support creative community development, nurture artists and the artistic process, while forging collaborations that celebrate and advance Key West's unique sense of place.
Artists are asked to give back to the community in the form of a reading, presentation, class/workshop, or project, and also have the option to propose an exhibition, which will be considered independently of the residency application.
Up to four residents at any given time can be hosted in TSKW's renovated Conch cottages (known as The Ashe Street Cottages and The Mango Tree House), which surround the TSKW sculpture garden. Each cottage shares or has a private kitchen.
Studios are unequipped and are attached to and/or are included as part of living space.
TSKW’s residency environment includes private and shared live/work space in historic cottages. Work facilities, special equipment, and technical assistance are limited, so artists should strongly consider their technical needs in advance of applying for the residency.
Key West is an island community, two miles by four miles wide, at the very end of the road. Most people get around on bicycle or foot, and the neighborhoods are compact and filled with historic architecture and tropical plant life. There are Cuban groceries and café con leche on every other corner, and a mix of Latin and Caribbean influences everywhere. Known for blue skies, open water and mangrove islands, and 70 degree days in winter, Key West is removed from the American mainland by 120 miles of bridges and small islands.
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