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Hermitage Launches New Programmatic Series in Collaboration with Sarasota Art Museum

| Suncoast Post Staff |

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of programs presented in partnership with Sarasota Art Museum. As part of their residency, nationally renowned artists are invited to the Hermitage’s historic beachfront campus and offer free community programs to enthusiastic arts audiences throughout Sarasota County and the greater Gulf Coast region. As the Hermitage continues to expand its programs and events, this new partnership with Sarasota’s contemporary art museum offers another centrally located outdoor venue and a mission-aligned institution to introduce some of the artists who come to discover Sarasota through their Hermitage Fellowships. The Hermitage will continue to present free community programs with The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Art Center Sarasota, and other leading arts, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the region.

Over the past two seasons, the Hermitage has dramatically increased its programmatic offerings and introduced world-class artists to dozens of venues throughout the region with over 100 live, outdoor community programs.

“We are excited to be partnering with Sarasota Art Museum as we introduce new works-in-process from nationally and internationally renowned visual and performing artists to the members of our community,” said Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We have some further initiatives in the works with SAM, and we look forward to sharing more news about this in the coming months!”

“The Hermitage brings some truly extraordinary talents to Sarasota, and we look forward to hosting these brilliant artists for programs at Sarasota Art Museum,” adds Sarasota Art Museum’s Executive Director Virginia Shearer. “Our two organizations share a global perspective as we aspire to introduce our community to leading contemporary artists from around the world.”

The first Hermitage artist program in this collaboration with Sarasota Art Museum is scheduled for Friday, July 22, 2022 at 6:30pm, live and outdoors in the museum’s Klein Plaza. “Citizen Arts: Music, Theater, and Dance” features an interdisciplinary discussion on art in public spaces. The conversation will feature Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter, theater-maker Sam Max, and dance educator Amanda Cantrell Roche. Future programs with Sarasota Art Museum will be announced at a later date. See below for complete program details and artist bios.

Hermitage programs like these are free and open to the public with a $5/person registration fee. Most Hermitage programs are presented at outdoor venues throughout Sarasota County as part of the Hermitage’s partnerships with local organizations. Due to capacity limitations and social distancing, registration is required at Hermitage Artist Retreat.

The Hermitage hosts artists on its Gulf Coast Manasota Key campus for multi-week residencies, where diverse and accomplished artists from around the world and across multiple disciplines create and develop new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, dance, and more. As part of their residencies, Fellows participate in free community programs, offering audiences in the region a unique opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading artists and to get an authentic “sneak peek” into extraordinary projects and artistic minds before their works go on to major theaters, galleries, concert halls, and museums around the world. These free and innovative programs include performances, lectures, readings, interactive experiences, open studios, school programs, teacher workshops, and more, serving thousands in our community each year. The Hermitage is the only major arts organization in Florida’s Gulf Coast region exclusively committed to supporting the development and creation of new work across all artistic disciplines.

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

Photo from The Hermitage

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