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.

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.

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?

• Period 1: Oct 2018 thru Jan 2019
• Period 2: Feb 2019 thru Apr 2019
• Period 3: May 2019 thru Aug 2019

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. (We are unable to schedule residencies in any other Residency Period than the one to which you applied.)


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).

How many artists apply/do you accept?

Last year, approximately 235 artists applied, and 31 artists (13%) were accepted.

What will my lodgings/workspace look like?

Artists are housed in Conch cottages with combined live/work spaces. At this time, we are not able to offer separate work studios to artists. In order to help us make your stay conducive to good work as possible, you must describe as clearly as possible what your space and living requirements/limitations will be when applying. (For example, are stairs an issue for you? Is there a reason you can’t share a kitchen? Are there any elements that are essential to your work process or studio setup that we should know about?)

Read more details about lodgings and workspaces here.

What are the expectations and what is provided in the residency?

Please check out the Expectations and What’s Provided page here for more details.

Have a question we haven't answered?

Please email elena@tskw.org

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