When will acceptance notifications be sent?

Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their status by July 19, 2024. We will work to schedule all accepted artists by August 15, 2024.

How long do residencies last?

Our residencies are one month; they run from the 2nd day of the month to the last day of the month. For example: if you are awarded a residency in June, you would plan to arrive on June 2, and would plan to depart by June 30.

We’re sorry, but we are currently unable to offer residencies of less than one month. If you are accepted to the program, please plan to be in residence for the full month.

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.

Do you accept couples and/or collaborative groups?

Short answer: yes! But please note, we are not able to accept spouses or partners into the program unless they apply, and are accepted, on their own merit.

For partners who are both applying:

If you plan to work on a collaborative project and share a live/workspace, you should apply under one application as a couple and/or collaborative group. (please note this in your application).

If you plan to work on individual projects and share a live/workspace, you should apply separately (please note in your application that your partner is also applying, their name, that you’d be happy to share a space, and if you’d be willing to accept the residency in the event that your partner isn’t accepted).

If you plan to work on individual projects separately and would like separate live/workspaces, you should apply separately. (please note in your application that your partner is also applying, their name, and if you’d be willing to accept the residency in the event that your partner isn’t accepted).

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: October 2024, November 2024, or December 2024

Period B: January 2025, February 2025, March 2025, or April 2025

Period C: May 2025, June 2025, July 2025, or August 2025

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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