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WHO WE ARE:
The Studios of Key West is a professional non-profit cultural organization going in its eighth 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.
WHAT WE DO:
The Studios was founded with the vision of bringing world class artists to the island, connecting them with local audiences and artists, and offering space for both to explore their creativity. We’ve hosted Pulitzer prize winners, world renowned artists and musicians, and introduced thousands of students to different ways of seeing and working. Our little stage bristles with talent, and every month hundreds of people visit The Studios to take in new experiences and catch up with old friends.
-Workshops. TSKW’s largest program serves over 1,000 people each season, with more than 50 distinct classes in a range of media for artists from beginners to professionals. Our instructors include year-round, local artists, and artists visiting from across the globe, either to live at TSKW for a month as Artists in Residence, or just to teach what they know.
-Exhibitions. TSKW presents exhibitions in two spaces, our first floor Space 1, and the smaller Space 2. With each season we strive to balance established and emerging artists, both local and from out of town, while looking for opportunities to explore Key West as a place and to foster collaboration with other organizations.
-Studios. TSKW’s Artist In Residence program draws about 36 artists annually to Key West from across the country and overseas. TSKW studio artists are local artists who rent work space year-round and benefit from being at the heart of Key West’s cultural scene.
-Performance. Our rollicking concert series features roots-oriented music from folk and blues to world music and jazz. Cutting edge performance at TSKW includes dance, performance art, small scale theatrical productions and burlesque and circus arts.
-Community Engagement. TSKW has long embraced the goal of breaking down barriers to art and being an integrated part of Key West life. Central to our community programs are youth education programs in out-of-school settings, presented in collaboration with other institutional partners. We’ve recently expanded upon initiatives including a Spring Break art camp at the Douglass Center in Bahama Village, and a summer ArtCamp in collaboration with the Key West Art & Historical Society.Other Information:
Admission to our galleries and campus is always free of charge. As a non-profit, community organization, we offer discounted fees for classes, performances and events to members of The Studios. If you are interested in the benefits of membership sign up today!