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Upcoming Events

6:00 pm
“As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration” with Hermitage Fellow Michael R. Jackson Friday, October 21 at 6pm Virtual Event: Registered Guests will receive a link 24 hours prior to the program.  Register here. Registration … Continue reading "ZOOM: “As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration”"
5:30 pm
“Composition to Performance: Music Start to Finish” with Hermitage Fellows Nkeiru Okoye and David ‘Doc’ Wallace Friday, October 28 at 5:30pm Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd. Englewood, FL 34223) Register here. Registration … Continue reading "“Composition to Performance: Music Start to Finish”"
Hermitage Beach
6:00 pm
“Richard Kennedy: Performance and Conversation” with Hermitage Fellow Richard Kennedy Presented in partnership with The Ringling Museum Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm The Ringling Museum of Art: Historic Asolo Theater (entrance at 5401 Bay Shore … Continue reading "“Richard Kennedy: Performance and Conversation”"
Ringling Museum: Historic Asolo Theater
5:30 pm
Hermitage @ Booker: “Reggie Harris and the Power of Music” with Hermitage Fellow Reggie Harris Presented in partnership with Booker High School VPA Friday, November 4 at 5:30pm Booker High School “Outdoor Courtyard” (entrance at … Continue reading "Hermitage @ Booker: “Reggie Harris and the Power of Music”"
Booker High School Courtyard
Nov 12 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
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 East and … Continue reading "Artful Lobster"
Hermitage campus

Post-Hurricane Update

Click here to donate. Dear Hermitage Friends, Thank you for all of your thoughtful notes of concern. The love, support, and kindness shown by our

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Hurricane Ian Damage

Hermitage Artist Retreat may have suffered $1 million in Hurricane Ian damage by Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 1, 2022 The historic wooden cottages that

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A Statement from the Hermitage

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 are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we proudly support our Hermitage Fellows who engage in social justice reform and the stories that matter.

photo by Barbara Banks


The mission of the Hermitage is to inspire and foster the most influential and culturally consequential art and artists of our time.

The Hermitage is a multi-disciplinary artist retreat dedicated to championing bold and impactful new work, supporting the creative process, elevating the artist experience, and enriching the lives of audiences and arts appreciators around the world. An incubator for diverse and original works across all artistic mediums, the Hermitage aims to inspire creative minds to achieve their greatest potential. Beyond the unique and invaluable experience we provide to artists, we take pride in our commitment to historic preservation, ecological restoration, and dynamic community engagement.


The Hermitage is a multi-disciplinary artist retreat serving artists, the creative process, and the community. Located on a nine-acre campus in Manasota Key at the southern tip of Sarasota County, we provide accomplished and diverse artists with multi-week residences to create new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, and more. All artists are selected by our Hermitage Curatorial Council, composed of visionary arts leaders from nationally and internationally renowned cultural institutions. Hermitage Fellows have described their experiences as “life-changing,” “magical,” and “transformative,” regularly noting that they accomplish more in their time at the Hermitage than they ever imagined possible.

Hermitage Fellows have included fourteen Pulitzer Prize winners, multiple Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy nominees and winners, Poets Laureate, MacArthur “Genius” and Guggenheim Fellows, and hundreds of extraordinary artists from around the world. The award-winning, impactful, and diverse original works created at the Hermitage are presented in renowned concert halls, theaters, museums, and galleries throughout our region and across the globe. Works created at the Hermitage have been shown at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, The Vienna Opera, Roundabout Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Mass MoCA, The Kennedy Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few.

Audiences in the greater Sarasota area are offered a “sneak peek” into the works and minds of these brilliant artists through the Hermitage’s community programs, many of which are in collaboration with fellow arts and cultural organizations throughout the Gulf Coast region. In addition to the unique and invaluable experience we provide to artists, we take pride in our complementary missions of historic preservation, ecological restoration, and community engagement.

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hermitage was built in 1907. The “Hermitage-Whitney” district was reconceived as the Hermitage Artist Retreat in 1999 and officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2002.