MORE Arts & Culture In The Florida Keys
Florida Keys & Key West appeal to visitors through a varied cultural menu. The islands’ creative community is vibrant and varied, overflowing with an energy and enthusiasm that has drawn visitors for decades.
Today this community is attracting a growing national and international market of people interested in heritage and cultural tourism and who want to experience the arts, with events ranging from an annual literary seminar to a professional symphony orchestra series.
Many elements weave together the Keys’ creative tapestry.
More information about the musical, creative and artistic Florida Keys:
The Upper Keys:
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Visitors seeking the work of visual artists can find it literally from one end of the Keys to the other.
Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of Islamorada are reflected in the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, whose mission is to feature regularly scheduled casual gatherings where visitors and residents can discover, enjoy and obtain stimulating, one-of-a-kind fine art. The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District showcases eclectic galleries rich with affordable original artwork, including an annual Fine Art Expo and a monthly evening “walkabout” that occurs the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m., in galleries at Morada Way between mile markers (MM) 81 and 82.
Galleries abound — featuring oils and watercolors, sculpture of all sorts, Haitian primitives, collage, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, woodcarving, stained glass and blown glass, acrylics and a variety of fine crafts.
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Outdoor Art & Art In Public Places
Visual artistry can be seen all over the Florida Keys: in palm-fringed shorescapes that edge the Atlantic Ocean, orange and purple abstracts unrolling across the sky at sunset, and the clean-lined sculptural arches of the old Overseas Highway bridges.
Click here to learn more about Sculpture Key West, one of the most prominent outdoor contemporary sculpture events.
Right: Dali’s Watch, created by Key West artist Rick Worth, is draped on the jetty near Fort Zachary Taylor during a Sculpture
From offbeat large-scale sculptures to murals promoting ocean conservation, outdoor artistry flourishes in the island chain. Some prime examples can be spotted along the Overseas Highway in the Upper Keys; as the road stretches above and beside the waters of the Atlantic and Florida Bay, a good number of the roadside creations depict the area’s abundant marine life.
The Middle Keys:
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Visitors interested in literature can find both history and inspiration in Key West. Tennessee Williams maintained a home on the island from 1949 until his death, Robert Frost was a frequent visitor, and Ernest Hemingway produced some of his finest work during his decade-long residence in the 907 Whitehead St. home that is now open for tours.
Leading contemporary writers from throughout the United States and abroad gather together in Key West to share insights with lovers of literature at the annual Key West Literary Seminar. Past seminar themes have included “Wondrous Strange; Mystery, Intrigue & Psychological Drama,” “Historical Fiction and the Search For Truth,” and “The Literature of Adventure, Travel and Discovery.”
The Lower Keys:
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While many Florida Keys locales are well known and well traveled, visitors often overlook an array of hidden treasures. Exploring the region’s environmental and historic attractions can deepen an enjoyment of the Keys’ colorful culture and character — particularly for artists and writers seeking pristine natural locations and landscapes to spark their creativity.
Historical museums and attractions such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and the Key West Art & History Museum at the Custom House draw visitors who seek a cultural experience to supplement the traditional “fun and sun” lure of this subtropical resort area.
Tucked away is a secret of the heart of Marathon, a 64-acre tropical oasis of hardwood trees, nature trails, wild bird rehabilitation center and educational displays for adults and children. Crane Point Museum, Nature Center & Historic Site is a destination of its own, and one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys.
Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques and photographs relative to diving and its heritage, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is not only a unique Upper Keys attraction, but is a valuable educational resource. During tours of the unique museum, visitors come within inches of the earliest diving machines, including a full-scale replica of an all-wood diving bell and the Parade of Nations exhibit, an unparalleled collection of historic hard-hat dive helmets from around the world. Helmets from 25 nations are presented side by side for close inspection. The museum also hosts an annual “Immerse Yourself” free lecture series.
While some Keys visitors are attracted by the musical sounds of waves lapping the shore and breezes stirring the palms, many other types of music also can be found along the island chain.
From Key Largo to Key West, the performing arts flourish. The islands are home to numerous theaters and community theater groups whose offerings are supported by both residents and visitors. The talent pool encompasses skilled locals and professional actors from New York and Los Angeles seeking sunshine. Full-book musicals, searing dramas, sidesplitting comedies and children’s shows all take their turn on the stages of the Keys.
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