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Upcoming Events

5:00 pm
“Connections” with Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler Presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Resilient Retreat Friday, December 3, 5pm ET Hermitage Beach (Entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida … Continue reading "“Connections” with Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
2:00 pm
Hermitage at The Bay: “Muse(ic) and Poetry” In partnership with The Bay Park Sunday, December 12, 2pm The Bay’s Civic Green (on the north side of the Municipal Auditorium), entrance at 801 N. Tamiami Trail, … Continue reading "Hermitage @ The Bay: “Muse(ic) and Poetry”"
The Bay Park’s Civic Green
5:30 pm
Hermitage @ Booker: “The Edge of Music” with Luke Stewart Presented in partnership with Booker High School VPA Friday, December 17, 5:30pm ET Booker High School (Entrance at 3201 North Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234) … Continue reading "Hermitage @ Booker: “The Edge of Music”"
Booker High School
Jan 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
Journeys of Identity in Poetry & Music with Hermitage Fellows Chet’la Sebree and Wang Lu Friday, January 7, 5pm The Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223) Register here. Registration is … Continue reading "Journeys of Identity in Poetry & Music"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Walk on Through” with Hermitage Fellow & Tony Award Winner Gavin Creel Developed in partnership with a commission from The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, NY (Limor Tomer, Met LiveArts Producer & Hermitage … Continue reading "“Walk on Through” with Gavin Creel"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
5:30 pm
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)

2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner and Celebration on Sunday, April 10th, 2022 @ 6pm

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.