North Fort Myers High Teacher Chosen for State Teacher / Artist Residency

North Fort Myers High Teacher Chosen for State Teacher / Artist Residency
Posted on 05/20/2020
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North Fort Myers High School art teacher Joy Williams will be spending the month of July in the State Teacher/Artist Residency program. The STAR program is designed to honor and nourish the artist in the educator by providing five public school educators with the opportunity to pursue their artistic work in the inspiring environment of the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat.

“I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to work at The Hermitage Artist Retreat,” Joy Williams says. “My art’s driving theme has been the importance of clean water here in Southwest Florida and worldwide. I plan to work on paintings with flowing “waves of joy” that can visually wash away the debris of our hectic modern lives. The residency will improve my skills and make me a better artist and a better teacher. I can’t wait for this adventure to begin!”


Outside of the classroom, Williams uses her artistic talents to support local causes such as the Captains for Clean Water silent auction, the Alliance for the Arts small works sale and the Gators Galore in Naples, Pelicans in Paradise in Fort Myers and Dolphin Debut in Marco Island.

The STAR program Hermitage residency gives these teacher artists time and space to attend to their work and meet 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.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is a not-for-profit artist community on 8.5 beachfront acres on Manasota Key in Englewood, FL. Williams and the four other STAR teachers will be in residency from July 6 to July 26th.

Williams is the second teacher in a row from the School District of Lee County to be selected for the STAR program. David Martin from Lehigh Senior High School participated last year.