2016 Muse Awards


The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Muse Awards honor individual and organizational excellence in art and culture throughout the county. This year, the theme of this event is “Everything Old is New Again”. The Cultural Council will honor the award recipients at the 2016 Muse Awards at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion on Thursday, March 31, 2016.


Muse Award recipients will be chosen through a competitive nomination process. Each nomination will be reviewed and scored by judges who are artists, community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members. The Cultural Council will announce the award recipients prior to the event.


Outstanding Civic Leader

This award will be given to an individual who exhibits strong and sustained leadership in developing, supporting and promoting Palm Beach County’s arts and cultural assets. Nominees may demonstrate accomplishments through advocacy, mentoring, board leadership, community outreach, philanthropy, volunteerism, fostering collaborations or other means. This nominee may be a business person, elected official, government staff person, volunteer, or other. Paid staff of a cultural organization are not eligible for this category.

Outstanding Cultural Leader

This award will recognize an individual demonstrating leadership, passion and commitment in an effort to grow or transform an emerging or established organization. An entrepreneurial spirit, novel management techniques, ability to initiate collaborative efforts, creating or piloting a new program, financial or operational turnaround of an organization are some, but not all, of the ways this individual might exceed expectations and build capacity for his or her organization. This category is limited to paid staff of any size or type of cultural organization.

Outstanding Small or Mid-Sized Arts & Cultural Organization (Budget under $500,000)

This award recognizes a nonprofit cultural organization that has greatly improved the quality of life in Palm Beach County. A mid-sized organization that has made outstanding achievements in programming, economic impact and/or community outreach and has overcome unusual challenges will be recognized. This category is limited to arts and cultural organizations that have annual operating budgets under $500,000.

Outstanding Major Arts & Cultural Organization (Budget Over $500,000)

This award recognizes as nonprofit cultural organization that has greatly improved the quality of life in Palm Beach County. A major institution has fulfilled its mission while making outstanding achievements in programming, economic impact and/or community outreach. The impact of this organization’s work is able to be demonstrated through qualitative and quantitative measurements. This category is limited to arts and cultural organizations that have annual operating budgets of $500,000 and above.

Art or Cultural Program of the Year

This award recognizes creative, innovative, original or exemplary programming by a nonprofit cultural organization in areas that include, but are not limited to, the visual arts, performing arts, art education, preservation, conservation, history, science, music, advocacy, children/youth, and public art. Nominated programs may be collaborative, but only one organization will receive the award. Examples of competitive nominees include but are not limited to: an art exhibition curated by a Palm Beach County cultural organization; a self-produced publication that expands knowledge on a cultural topic; a dance choreographed by the members of a dance company; music composed by the members of a music ensemble; an education project that required collaboration among a cultural organization, school and artists; a new and innovative section of a festival that showcased local cultural assets. All projects must have been completed and performed October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Hector Ubertalli Award for Visual Artists

The Ubertalli Award recognizes a visual artist whose life and work emulates excellence in the field and contributes to the advancement of our quality of life in Palm Beach County by mentoring, teaching, or sharing work methods with others in our community. To be considered for the award, an artist must be nominated by his or her professional peers.

The Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award

The recipient of this award may be an individual or an organization who has achieved success in advancing arts and cultural education for students in Palm Beach County. The nominee must have demonstrated success in enhancing the learning process or solving problems by implementing creative and stimulating programs that inspire students of any age or ability. The nominee may be an arts educator at a cultural organization, public school, private school, college, university, or other educational institutions. This award has a cash prize of $5,000.


In addition to the nomination criteria outlined in the award categories, please note:

  • Nominees may be entered into more than one category on separate nomination forms.
  • 2014 Muse Award recipients are not eligible.
  • Organizations must agree to be nominated.
  • Nominees must reside and work in Palm Beach County.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Posthumous nominations are accepted.


  1. A complete nomination packet consists of:
    1. Nomination Form – Required
    2. Two Letters of Support – Required
    3. Biographical sketch – Optional
    4. Photos – Optional
    5. Video links listed in a .pdf – Optional
  2. Download the Nomination Form here
  3. Complete the Nomination Form using a 12 point font.
  4. Letter of Support – must attest to and demonstrate anecdotally the nominee’s commitment to art and culture. Each letter may not be more than one (1) page in length and must have the author’s name, contact information and signature.
  5. Gather all nomination packet contents and scan them into one .PDF
  6. Email them to Jan Rodusky, jrodusky@palmbeachculture.com.

Download the Nomination Form »


The deadline to submit a complete nomination is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Once nominations are submitted, they are final and will not be able to be changed.


Jan Rodusky, Chief Grants Officer


The recipients from each award category will be notified prior to the Muse Awards and will be invited to a special reception in their honor prior to the awards gala as well as celebrated during the Muse Awards on Thursday, March 31, 2016.


Excellence in Historical and Cultural Heritage – The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Outstanding Festival – SunFest
Outstanding Collaboration – Norton Museum of Art
Excellence in Art and Cultural Outreach – Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
Excellence in Arts Integrated Education – Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Clyde Fyfe Award for Performing Artists – William Hayes, Palm Beach Dramaworks
Council’s Choice – Street Painting Festival
Chairs’ Choice Award – Spady Museum
The Talia Award – Roe Green
The Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award – Sharon Koskoff

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 AT 5:00 PM


Jan Rodusky | jrodusky@palmbeachculture.com | (561) 471-1513

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