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The Studios of Key West provide a Southernmost cultural hub.
By Laura Richardson
Story from Florida Weekly
Nearly 20 years ago, The Studios of Key West was born out of a simple but vital necessity: to preserve affordable artist housing so that creative brains of all media could continue to make art on an ever-increasingly expensive island. Over the last few decades, The Studios has dedicated itself to bringing together artists from near and far and to inspiring the creation of new work and conversations about art’s power in a community. Today, creative minds from a variety of arenas flock to The Studios’ residences for one-month stays, where they can tap into the restorative spirit of the island and focus on their work.
The Studios’ 14,000-square-foot pink and white-striped home features a 200- seat theater, multiple gallery spaces, classrooms for art classes, artist’s studios, a bookstore, and the only free rooftop terrace in Key West, the newly completed Hugh’s View. The organization continues to balance the pressure to rely on the local arts scene of Key West, employing Key West resident artists to teach almost half its classes, while also making sure that fresh outsider voices are given a platform from which to share their knowledge by having out of town visiting artists teach workshops or participate in artist talks during their residencies.