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ABOUT THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST
The Studios is a professional non-profit museum and cultural organization, multidisciplinary presenter, arts center, and artist residency provider. Our vision is to bring world class artists to the island, connecting them with local audiences and artists, and offer space for both to explore their creativity. We’ve hosted Pulitzer prize winners, world renowned artists and musicians, and introduced thousands of students to different ways of seeing and working. Our intimate stage bristles with talent, and every month hundreds of people visit The Studios to take in new experiences and catch up with old friends.
Workshops. The Studios’ largest program serves over 1,000 people each season, with more than 50 distinct classes in a range of media for artists from beginners to professionals. Our instructors include year-round, local artists, and artists visiting from across the globe, either to live at The Studios’ Conch cottages for a month as Artists in Residence, or just to teach what they know.
Exhibitions. The Studios presents exhibitions in two spaces, our first floor Sanger Gallery, and the smaller XOJ Gallery. With each season we strive to balance established and emerging artists, both local and from out of town, while looking for opportunities to explore Key West as a place and to foster collaboration with other organizations.
Studios. The artists who put “studios” in The Studios of Key West are a select group representing the best of our island’s creative spirit. They are painters, photographers, designers, craft artists and more, breathing life into our community from their work spaces on the 3rd floor of our main campus.
Performance. Our rollicking concert series features roots-oriented music from folk and blues to world music and jazz. Cutting edge performances at The Studios includes dance, performance art, small scale theatrical productions and burlesque and circus arts.
Community Engagement. The Studios has long embraced the goal of breaking down barriers to art and being an integrated part of Key West life. Central to our community programs are youth education programs in out-of-school settings, presented in collaboration with other institutional partners. We’ve recently expanded upon initiatives including a Spring Break art camp at the Douglass Center in Bahama Village, and a summer ArtCampin collaboration with the Key West Art & Historical Society.
Images: Woodcut Relief with Wayne Garcia (APR 2018 / CLASS), Garden Salon at Mockingbird Studio (MAR 2018 / ARTS & EATS EVENT), Undying Love: A Key West Musical (FEB-MAR 2018 / EVENT), Small Works Show curated by Lemonade Stand Gallery (NOV 2017 / EXHIBITION).