Escape to Create
Escape to Create, in Seaside, Florida celebrates artists and serves community through:
Multidisciplinary Artist Residencies
Visiting Artists and Scholars
Arts and Cultural Programs
Escape To Create is based in the picturesque walking community of Seaside, Florida, widely hailed as the birthplace of New Urbanism and “the most astounding design achievement of its era” (Time Magazine). Located on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in the panhandle of Northwest Florida, Seaside and neighboring beach towns along Scenic Highway 30A provide a unique setting for a multidisciplinary residential retreat.
Founded in 1993 as a meaningful component of Seaside’s civic life and the only artist residency of its kind in the region, E2C has gained national attention for its impact on the local community and in the creative lives of our artists.
The heart of the Escape To Create experience is the gift of time and place to artists fully engaged in creative ideas. Housed in private cottages donated in support of their projects, artists enjoy complete immersion in their work balanced with opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue in an intimate group setting. Area restaurants and European style markets provide E2C’s weekly “soup kitchen”, a tradition that brings the group of no more than eight artists together in the casual intimacy of a private home.
E2C artists are celebrated in programs and salons produced as community service. Readings, performances, lectures, and exhibits take place in the intimate venues, each distinguished for architectural design. Educational outreach brings a larger world to schools located in an underserved county. And just a short stroll away, the stunning beauty and quiet solitude of the Gulf of Mexico is a constant source of creative inspiration, reflection, and renewal.
Escape to Create
PO BOX 4725
Seaside, FL 32459