“I started the Fund because of my love of the arts. It is important we nurture our local artists while keeping the community attractive to creative people.” — Anne McKee
The Anne McKee Artists Fund (AMAF) was established in 1992 after its founder, Anne McKee, saw a pressing need to assist individual artists from Key West. Now, after more than 25 years, the nonprofit organization supports an array of visual, literary & performance artists whose creative contribution adds to the quality of life throughout the Florida Keys.
The annual Anne McKee Fine Art Auction features work by talented local artists from Key West and the Florida Keys. The Auction is held in February and raises money for both artists and the AMAF, each receiving 50% of the proceeds. The AMAF share is used to fund the following round of Artist Grants, of up to $2,000 each, which are awarded every Spring.
Since 1994, the Artists Fund Grant Program has awarded more than $295,000 to artists in the Florida Keys (as of Spring 2020).
In addition to the AMAF Auction and Grants, the Fund presents four different awards to local artists every year to honor outstanding achievements in the visual, literary and performance arts. The awards are named in memory of talented Key West artists who left behind a creative legacy, for the island and the Keys, and were life-long friends of the Fund – Jack Baron, Miriam B. Good, Richard Heyman and Adeline Turner.
Since the Fund was established, Anne McKee, and her dedicated team of passionate Board Members over the years, have made the Fund what it is today. Anne is still actively involved with the Fund she founded over 25 years ago.
You may make an online donation on this page (click button at top). If you are making a donation by check, please send to the CFFK office, 300 Southard St., Suite 201, Key West, FL 33040. Note in the Memo field that this donation is for Anne McKee Artists Fund.
You may also make gifts to this fund by stock, wire transfer, real estate, and more. Please click here for instructions.
If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift to the Anne McKee Artists Fund through your will or estate plan, please contact CFFK at (305) 292-1502 or email here.
Thank you for your generosity.
The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys manages over 160 funds and endowments throughout the Keys and is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit (EIN #65-0648968). Since 1996, the Community Foundation has been helping individuals and families leave a legacy in the Keys by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every resident from Key Largo to Key West. Over $32 million in grants have been made to student scholarships, arts and culture, beautification and preservation of the Keys, health and human services, hurricane relief, and youth programs. The Community Foundation, In Paradise For Good, celebrated its 25th year in 2021. CFFK is known for its signature “Unsung Heroes” event which honors nonprofit volunteers. For more information, call (305) 292-1502 or click here.