Lake Worth, August 18 – The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has issued its eagerly anticipated Call for Nominations for the 2016 Muse Awards honoring individual and organizational excellence in art and culture throughout Palm Beach County.

Once every two years, Palm Beach County artists and cultural institutions get the opportunity to be recognized with a coveted Muse Award. Palm Beach County residents and the creative community are welcome to submit nominees for consideration as Muse Awards recipients. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 30. Muse Awards recipients will be chosen through a competitive nomination process by which each nomination will be reviewed and scored by judges who are artists, community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members.

Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, said, “The Muse Awards program is an extension of the Cultural Council’s mission to nurture, support and promote the arts in Palm Beach County, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. The awards bring regional and national attention to the important accomplishments of the arts community and the outstanding artistic projects carried out in The Palm Beaches.”

Muse Awards categories include Outstanding Civic Leader, Outstanding Cultural Leader, Outstanding Small or Mid-Sized Arts & Cultural Organization, Outstanding Major Arts & Cultural Organization, Arts or Cultural Program of the Year, the Hector Ubertalli Award for Visual Artists and the Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award. The Cultural Council will honor the award recipients at the 2016 Muse Awards on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Additional details on the event will follow.

For information on how to nominate an individual or organization for a 2016 Muse Award, please visit For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, please contact Mary Lewis, director of development, at (561) 472-3340 or


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About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.6 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity building training, and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming.

Connect with the Council at or (561) 471-2901. The Cultural Council visitor center, gallery and gift shop are located at the Cultural Council headquarters, an iconic Art Moderne former movie theater at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. Gallery, visitor center and gift shop hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


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