How long do residencies last?

Almost a full month — residencies begin on the 16th of the month and conclude on the 14th of the following month. (e.g. artists may arrive on April 16 and must depart on May 14).

Do you accept applications from writers, musicians, dancers, etc?

Yes. When submitting an application, artists must select one of five program areas in which to apply: Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Musical Arts, and Performing Arts. The application fees for each program are the same.

How many artists apply/do you accept?

In an average year, approximately 300 artists apply, and 35 artists are accepted.

What is the cost of the residency?

There is no fee for the residency once an artist has been accepted into the program. However, artists are responsible for their travel to Key West, as well as living expenses and incidentals.

What should I budget for if I'm accepted?

Please plan to arrange and pay for your own travel to and from Key West, as well as your meals and supplies. The Studios will provide a bike to get around the island once you are here.

A note about meals: Artists are on their own schedule for meals and can use the shared kitchen to prepare food or can dine easily in one of the many cafes and restaurants in Key West. There are a few large chain groceries in New Town and smaller, more expensive, neighborhood and organic markets in Old Town. Please keep in mind that Key West is located far from the mainland, so food prices are often higher than other parts of the country.

Do you provide financial support?

We’re sorry, we are currently unable to provide financial support for accepted artists.

I'm an international artist. Can I apply? Will I need a VISA?

We accept international artists! You would technically qualify for the Visa Waiver Program through the U.S., meaning you’re not receiving any sort of payment in exchange for the residency and your stay is under 90 days.

If I'm accepted, what time of year will my residency be scheduled?

Residencies are scheduled as follows:

Period A: Oct-Nov, Nov-Dec, or Dec-Jan

Period B: Jan-Feb, Feb-Mar, Mar-Apr, Apr-May

Period C: May-Jun, Jun-Jul, or July-Aug


When you apply for a residency, we ask you to choose {Period A}, {Period B} or {Period C}. You may also choose a second period if you’d like and may be available. If you are granted a residency, we will ask you to rank the time slots falling within that Residency Period according to preference, and will work with you to schedule your residency in a slot that is mutually agreeable.

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