The Studios of Key West is a professional non-profit cultural organization in its twelfth year as a multidisciplinary presenter, arts center, and artist residency provider. The Studios was established in 2006, and serves as the cultural center of the arts in Key West, an island community at the very end of the Florida Keys.
The Studios 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. The organization promotes multidisciplinary arts, provides artist-in-residency opportunities for artists worldwide, and maintains long-term studio spaces dedicated to Florida Keys artists. Through classes, performances, lectures, gallery exhibits, partnership projects, and special events, the Studios unites Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and world-renowned artists with local audiences and art practitioners at all stages of their creative careers.
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.
Artists are housed in Conch cottages with combined live/work spaces. All artists will have their own private bathroom and bedroom/work space, access to full kitchen facilities, laundry room and an outside deck that is shared by all. At this time, the organizers are not able to offer separate work studios to artists. In order to help them make your stay conducive to good work as possible, you must describe as clearly as possible what your space and living requirements/limitations will be when applying.
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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