STAR: State Teacher/Artist Residency

a cooperative program of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and
Hermitage Artist Retreat

The State of Florida is filled with talented, dedicated artists who are also talented and dedicated, certified full time public school teachers.  The lives of these particular people are spent trying to balance the challenge of expressing their artistic selves while pursuing their profession as a public school educator.

The STAR program is designed to honor and nourish the artist in the educator by providing five public school educators from Florida with the opportunity to pursue their artistic work in the inspiring environment of the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat.  Four-week residencies will be offered to two visual artists; two writers (fiction/non-fiction/poetry/playwriting); and one composer.

A Hermitage residency is a gift of time and space for artists to attend to their work.  There is no requirement to produce.  It is intensely personal time for concentration AND a community of artists from different disciplines with which to share and learn.  Artists invited seize the opportunity and find themselves more productive than at any other time in their creative lives.

See STAR Artists

Meagan Boehm
Kissimmee Middle School
Osceola County
Visual Art

Kimberley Mullins
Gainesville High School
Alachua County
Writing

Jennifer Rodriguez
J.M. Tate Senior High School
Escambia County
Visual Art

Eric Troop
Bellalago Academy
Osceola County
Composition

Laura Wiswell
Port Salerno Elementary
Martin County
Visual Art