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Our ambition at The Studios is to provide world class art experiences. Every year we build our reputation beyond our shores, open our doors to new audiences, and present ever more ambitious content.
Donors support our work through annual unrestricted gifts, capital improvements and restricted gifts. Many of our friends have focused their giving on specific projects that are meaningful to them and meet the needs of the organization. In order to communicate such opportunities we have developed a series of giving circles with specific projects and goals that will raise the quality of our offerings another notch.
Gifts of any size make a difference and we welcome conversations to discuss what is meaningful to you as a donor. Feel free to contact Jed Dodds (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Jay Scott (email@example.com) to discuss your Giving Circle gift.
Building an exhibitions program at The Studios of national significance
Gifts this year used for: The February 2022 exhibition by Judith Murray and Robert Yasuda, major figures in abstract painting who have never shown in the Keys despite decades dividing their time between here and New York City. Funds will pay for shipping costs and a professional catalog.
Incubating new theater – and new approaches to theater – by national and local artists
Gifts this year used for: The Studios’ 2021-22 theater season. Productions include: Unstuck as F*ck, by Orlando Bishop, dir. Anika Larsen; Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, conceived and directed by Richard Ericson; The Pleasing Recollection: A Cabaret Opera, by Stephen Kitsakos and Martin Hennessy, dir. Murphy Davis; The Pickpocket’s Daughter, by Neal Ruchman, dir. Murphy Davis.
Charting new paths to creative experiences
Gifts this year used for: The streaming play Repair, by local playwright Michael Marrero and Julio Trinidad, which will be recorded in front of a live audience, then edited for streaming. Funds will pay for an established tv/film performer to star with Trinidad, being recruited through connections at the Actors’ Guild in New York City.
Embracing One Human Family by lowering barriers to participation
Gifts this year used for: The Studios Accessibility Fund, which is part of our ongoing efforts to embrace audiences of diverse backgrounds, abilities and economic means. Free opportunities are offered to targeted audiences, and with a very simple application, guests requiring assistance can request full or 50% discounts to programs.
Making sure The Studios has the tools it needs to thrive
Gifts this year used for: purchase of a used vehicle. Whether it’s welcoming visiting artists at the airport, taking Artists in Residence to Publix, or transporting chairs and easels for off-site programs, a reliable vehicle is a critical need.
Bringing the nation’s best Folk, Americana and Bluegrass Singer/Songwriters to Key West
Gifts this year used for: the 2023 Old Town New Folk concert series. Having funds in place before we begin booking the following year allows us to issue essential guarantees for top performers and maintain the quality of our signature series.