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Upcoming Events

5:00 pm
Hermitage Artists and Thinkers Series “The Art of Producing” with Tony and Olivier Award-winning Producer Tom Kirdahy Presented in partnership with the Town of Longboat Key and Asolo Repertory Theatre Friday, February 3 at 5pm … Continue reading "Artists and Thinkers: “The Art of Producing” with Tony Award Winner Tom Kirdahy"
Longboat Key's Bayfront Park
5:30 pm
“The Creative Language of Accessibility” with Hermitage Fellows Shannon Finnegan and Chella Man Friday, February 10 at 5:30pm Hermitage Palm House (Parking at 6660 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223) Register here. Registration is required. … Continue reading "“The Creative Language of Accessibility”"
Hermitage Palm House (Indoors)
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Mastering the Monologue” Featuring Hermitage Fellow Don Nguyen Presented in partnership with New College of Florida Friday, February 17 at 5pm New College of Florida, Black Box Theater (5845 General Dougher Pl, Sarasota, FL 34243) … Continue reading "“Mastering the Monologue”"
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Jazz and Theater: Keeping the Beat” with Hermitage Fellows Stacey Rose and Fay Victor Presented in partnership with Manasota ASALH at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Cetner Thursday, February 23 at 5:00pm Fogartyville Community Media … Continue reading "“Jazz and Theater: Keeping the Beat”"
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
5:30 pm
“Tell and Show: Art and Performance Expressing Identity” Featuring Hermitage Fellows Tamara Anderson, Lesley Mok, and B. Ingrid Olson Thursday, March 2 at 5:30pm Hermitage Beach (6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223) Register here. … Continue reading "“Tell and Show: Art and Performance Expressing Identity”"
Hermitage Beach
5:30 pm
“Comedy and Community” with Hermitage Major Theater Award Winner Madeleine George The Hermitage Major Theater Award is made possible with generous support from the Flora Major and the Kutya Major Foundation. Friday, March 10 at … Continue reading "“Comedy and Community” with Hermitage Major Theater Award Winner Madeleine George"
Hermitage Beach
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
6:30 pm
“Sofía Rocha: Making Musical Waves” Featuring the winner of the 2022 Hermitage Prize in Composition presented at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sofía Rocha Presented in partnership with The Venice Symphony and The Pops … Continue reading "“Sofía Rocha: Making Musical Waves”"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

February and March Programs Announced

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) today announced new programs for February and March of 2023. These events will be presented on the Hermitage’s historic beachfront

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January 2023 Programs

Newly announced January programs include ongoing partnerships with Bookstore1 and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, among others. Featured artists and performers sharing their work include author

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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 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.