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Upcoming Events

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Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: “The Work” with Hermitage Fellow & Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael R. Jackson Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Friday, January 21, 5:30pm Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Sarasota … Continue reading "Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: “The Work”"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Sarasota Campus)
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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“Natural Inspiration” with Hermitage Fellow Ni’Ja Whitson  Presented in partnership with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Friday, January 28, 5pm Hermitage Beach, (Entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood 34223) Ni’Ja Whitson’s Hermitage Residency … Continue reading "“Natural Inspiration”"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
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“Pen to Paper with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel” A “Hermitage @ Booker” program Presented in Partnership with Booker High School and Florida Studio Theatre Friday, February 11, 5pm Booker High School, outdoor courtyard (Entrance … Continue reading "“Pen to Paper” with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel"
Booker High School
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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“UNSCRIPTED 2.0” with Hermitage Fellow Hannah Hasan Wednesday, February 16th @ 5:30 pm The Lawn at Van Wezel Hall Presented in partnership with the Van Wezel Foundation UNSCRIPTED is a unique collaboration between the Van … Continue reading "“UNSCRIPTED 2.0” with Hannah Hasan"
The Lawn at Van Wezel Hall
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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“Say Their Names” with Hermitage Fellow Matthew Evan Taylor Presented in partnership with Manasota ASALH Friday, February 18 @ 5:30pm Hermitage Beach (Entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood 34223) Register here. Registration is required. $5 … Continue reading "“Say Their Names”"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
6:00 pm
Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: “Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved” with Hermitage Fellow Lady Jess Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Thursday, February 24, 6pm Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Downtown Campus (Entrance at … Continue reading "Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby: “Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved”"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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Artists & Thinkers: “Theater Today: Process & Production” with Tom Kirdahy Friday, February 25, 5:30pm Town Center of Longboat Key (entrance at 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228) Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, a … Continue reading "“Theater Today: Process & Production” with Tom Kirdahy"
Town Center of Longboat Key

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 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 twelve 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.