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Upcoming Events

6:30 pm
“Michael R. Jackson: Just Sittin’ Here Lookin’” with Hermitage Fellow & 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael R. Jackson Friday, May 21st @ 6:30pm Presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe LIVE @ The Hermitage Beach … Continue reading "“Michael R. Jackson: Just Sittin’ Here Lookin'”"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
6:00 pm
Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens Featuring Musical Theater Composer Rona Siddiqui Thursday, May 27, 6 p.m. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236  Following her inspiring and uplifting performance on the … Continue reading "“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” with Rona Siddiqui"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown
7:00 pm
UNSCRIPTED+: Community Edition Thursday, June 10th at 7pm • Via Zoom Great art doesn’t begin out in front of an audience. It begins inside – in the private spaces where artists dream, work, experiment and … Continue reading "UNSCRIPTED+: Community Edition"
11:30 am
The highly popular Artful Lobster is our signature fundraising event, and the only benefit to take place on our historic Gulf front campus on Manasota Key. With a luscious lobster feast catered by Michael’s On … Continue reading "2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!"
Hermitage Artist Retreat

2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize in Theater 

goes to Aleshea Harris!

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A Statement from the Hermitage

Black Art Matters…
Black Stories Matter…
As an organization and as a community of artists, we at the Hermitage vow to hold ourselves to the highest standards in combatting racism. There is no place for hate – in art or in life. We proudly support our Hermitage Fellows who engage in social justice reform and tell the stories that matter.

photo by Barbara Banks

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hermitage was built in 1907 and was reconceived as The Hermitage Artist Retreat in 1999. Artists and writers live and work here for six-week residencies curated by national leaders in art and literature. We preserve Old Florida beach houses and the ancient native beachfront environment as a place to birth new art, new thought, and the world’s next great masterpieces.

Hermitage Fellows include nine Pulitzer winners; a host of MacArthur “Geniuses;” and Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winners. Work created at the Hermitage is shown at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Opera, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Mass MoCA, MoMA and the MET Museum.

With a mission to inspire the artists of our time, we invite the public to be inspired as you see and hear cutting edge art, literature, drama and music in Sarasota area venues, and on the Hermitage beach at sunset in a series of free Friday programs.