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Upcoming Events

Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
“The People and Places that Make Us” with Hermitage Fellow Cleyvis Natera Presented in partnership with The Johann Fust Library Foundation Thursday, December 14 at 4pm Johann Fust Community Library (entrance at 1040 10th St. … Continue reading "“The People and Places that Make Us”"
Johann Fust Community Library
5:00 pm
“Merman’s Apprentice: Musical Theater’s Golden Age” with Hermitage Fellows Stephen Cole and David Evans Friday, January 12 at 5pm   Presented in partnership with Venice Theatre Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd. Englewood, … Continue reading "“Merman’s Apprentice: Musical Theater’s Golden Age”"
Hermitage Beach
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Voice, Vision, and Verbs” with Hermitage Fellows Joan La Barbara, Laura Kaminsky and Jacquelyn Reingold Thursday, January 18 at 5pm Hermitage beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road. Englewood, FL ) Register here. Registration is … Continue reading "“Voice, Vision, and Verbs”"
Hermitage Beach
5:00 pm
“Songs from the Sand: A Hermitage Cabaret” Featuring Original Works from Hermitage Fellows Performed by the Greatest Talents in Sarasota Presented in partnership with the Town of Longboat Key Friday, January 19 at 5pm Longboat … Continue reading "“Songs from the Sand: A Hermitage Cabaret”"
Longboat Key Town Center
5:00 pm
“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: Music on the Wind” with Hermitage Fellows Emi Ferguson and James M. Stephenson Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Thursday, January 25 at 5pm Marie Selby Botanical Gardens … Continue reading "“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: Music on the Wind”"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Campus)
5:00 pm
“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: Musical Moods” with Hermitage Fellows Amie ElSaffar and Chris Ryan Williams Presented in partnership with Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy Friday, February 2 at 5pm Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower (entrance at … Continue reading "“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: Musical Moods”"
Nathan Benderson Park
10:30 am
Please note this program is not part of the Hermitage’s traditional free programming. This event is hosted by the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning as part of the “Music Mondays” series. “Music Mondays: Hermitage Alum Doug Wright … Continue reading "“Music Mondays: Hermitage Alum Doug Wright Writes Broadway”"
Church of the Palms
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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.

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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 fifteen 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.