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Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces 2024-2025 Benefit Event Dates

| Suncoast Post Staff |

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, located in Sarasota County, Florida, has announced the dates for its annual benefit events for the 2024-2025 season.

The 16th annual Artful Lobster Benefit will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2024, from 11:30 am to 2 pm. This signature outdoor event raises essential funds for the Hermitage’s esteemed artist residency program. It is the only Hermitage benefit held on the historic Gulf front campus at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Attendees will enjoy a lobster feast prepared by Michael’s On East and performances by award-winning Hermitage Fellows. Previous performers include the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL, celebrated musical theater composer Adam Gwon, internationally renowned flutist Claire Chase, and accomplished violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

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The 17th annual Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 6th, 2025, at 6 pm at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. This elegant dinner celebrates the jury-selected recipient of the prestigious Hermitage Greenfield Prize, awarded this season in the discipline of music. The $35,000 prize, awarded in partnership with the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation, rotates annually among music, theater, and visual art. The 2025 recipient’s newly commissioned work will premiere in Sarasota in the spring of 2027. Past performers at this event include Tony Award-winning Hermitage Fellows Gavin Creel and Rachel Bay Jones, Tony Award nominee Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, and renowned classical musicians.

Sponsorship information and additional details for both events will be announced later. For early sponsorship inquiries, call (941) 475-2098, Ext. 2. Past recipients of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize include Deepa Purohit, Sandy Rodriguez, Rennie Harris, Angélica Negrón, Aleshea Harris, Helga Davis, Martyna Majok, David Burnett, Coco Fusco, Bobby Previte, Nilo Cruz, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Vijay Iyer, John Guare, Sanford Biggers, Craig Lucas, and Eve Beglarian.

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As a leading national arts incubator, the Hermitage is the only major arts organization on Florida’s Gulf Coast exclusively dedicated to the development and creation of new work across all artistic disciplines. The Hermitage hosts artists on its Gulf Coast Manasota Key campus for multi-week residencies, where artists from around the world create and develop new works in theater, music, visual art, literature, dance, film, and more. Hermitage Fellows participate in free year-round community programs, providing audiences a unique opportunity to engage with leading artists and preview extraordinary projects before they reach major galleries, concert halls, theaters, and museums worldwide. These programs include performances, conversations, readings, interactive experiences, open studios, school programs, teacher workshops, and more, serving thousands in the regional community each year.

For more information about the Hermitage and upcoming programs, visit Hermitage Artist Retreat.

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