Now that you’re about to arrive…

What’s expected of me during my residency?


You’ll find that the Key West community is very welcoming to new people (especially creative ones!) – and there is never a shortage of things to do. In fact, many artists have said the challenge is finding time to work in between all the social “stuff” that goes on!

Your time is yours to do with as you choose, of course, and we respect that you’ll need plenty of time to dream, reflect and create. To that end, we only ask that you plan to participate in one event while you are here:

On the Deck

*Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-8pm.  Depending on the time of year, a group of about 20-40 friends and community members gather together for an informal potluck and a chance to meet our residency artists ‘on the deck’ at the Ashe Street cottages. The Studios provides beverages and guests bring a dish to share (bring whatever you’d like – from chips and salsa to your favorite recipe). About halfway through the night, each of the residency artists takes few minutes to introduce themselves and talk about their work or what they’re working on in Key West (remember, it’s very casual, so no powerpoint presentations necessary!). Writers often like to read a very short bit of their work and artists often like to open their studios to show what they are working on – but neither is necessary, whatever you feel comfortable with.

2017/18 “On the Deck” dates: Nov 29, Dec 20, Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 22.

  • On the Deck generally falls on the fourth Wednesday, but occasionally is changed to a different date due to holidays or conflicts.

Other Happenings & Events

Around Town: When you arrive at The Studios, you’ll get an information packet including a list of a few cultural events that are happening on the island. This will be just a partial list – there are usually too many things happening to list them all! If you want a more comprehensive list of the ‘big’ events that are happening, i.e. festivals, fundraisers, etc. check out

At The Studios: Please check our website or calendar to learn about the events, classes and concerts that are happening during your residency. In some cases we can offer residency artists discounts on certain programs, depending on availability and demand, so if something looks good to you, let us know!

The Studios of Key West