Ashe Street Capital Campaign to Expand Artist Residencies

Over the past few years, The Studios of Key West has given the gift of time and space to many artists by beginning to establish one of the premier residency programs in the country.  Now, thanks to the progress of the Ashe Street capital campaign and a generous gift of property by the Rodel Foundation, an expanded residency program is on the horizon!

The new residency cottages will be located at 607/609 Ashe Street, a property which consists of two homes and an adjoining 6500 square foot lot, located just a few feet away from the historic Armory building.
The goal for the Ashe Street capital campaign is to raise $650,000 needed for the renovation.  As of March 23, 2011, $510,500 has been raised. The goal is to complete the campaign by early summer so that the renovation of the homes can begin in June 2011 with a completion date of January 2012.

This year TSKW will host 22 artists in residence. Upon completion of this renovation project we will have the capacity to host approximately 40 artists in residence – each of whom will spend a month on the island – taking inspiration from and interacting with the Key West community.

607 Ashe Street will be renovated to include two resident artist suites, and a working artist studio will be attached to the first floor suite. 609 Ashe Street will be renovated to include one resident artist suite with an attached working studio.

The kitchen will be renovated for staging catered events and TSKW receptions. It will also be able to accommodate a small culinary arts program. A large covered back deck will provide a  indoor/outdoor program space. The lot will become a nature center with rotating sculpture installations.

This expansion will have a profound effect on the TSKW residency program.  We will have visiting artists who can greatly expand the diversity of our program, offering new perspectives, quality workshops, exciting exhibitions and stimulating artist talks.  We will also offer cooperative residencies with other arts organizations in Key West such as the Waterfront Playhouse, Tropic Cinema, and Sculpture Key West.  Filmmaker Helen Whitney’s month-long March residency is a great example of a cooperative residency that happened in partnership with Tropic Cinema. In exchange for her residency, TSKW and Tropic were able to host the national debut of her PBS documentary on Forgiveness at Tropic Cinema.

TSKW extends are gratitude to all the private donors who have contributed to the campaign and to the Tourism Development Council for their support of the nature center/garden. If you would like further information regarding the campaign please contact Jay Scott at 305 509-0090.

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