2014 Muse Awards to Honor “Best and Brightest” Arts and Cultural Programs in Palm Beach County

2014 Muse Awards(Lake Worth/February 19, 2014):  The best and brightest in the world of arts and culture in Palm Beach County will be recognized by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the arts community at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion during the 2014 Muse Awards at 6 p.m. on March 13.

The Muse Awards program was conceived nearly a decade ago as a way to celebrate and bring attention to outstanding art and culture in Palm Beach County, and to raise funds for educational programs put on by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  The performances during the awards show are produced by Andrew Kato, award winning producing artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and coordinating producer of the annual Tony awards.

Cultural Council President and CEO Rena Blades says: “The Muse Awards is not only an entertaining evening of award presentations and performances highlighting the most sophisticated arts and cultural organizations in the southeast, it is also a chance to highlight the work the Cultural Council does in outreach and arts education. It is a special night that flies by with a first class awards show.”

Over the past several years, the Council has provided countless cultural opportunities to children in Palm Beach County. Funds raised from the Muse Awards directly impact the lives of Palm Beach County students by giving them an opportunity to take field trips to local arts and cultural organizations that their schools could otherwise not afford.
The community-nominated winners were announced on February 5th. The categories and winners are as follows, with additional information available at Muse Awards 2014 Background Information.

  1.  Excellence in Historical and Cultural Heritage:  The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
  2.  Outstanding Festival: SunFest
  3.  Outstanding Collaboration:  Norton Museum of Art
  4.  Excellence in Arts and Cultural Outreach: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
  5.  Excellence in Arts Integrated Education: Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
  6.  Clyde Fyfe Award for Performing Artists: William Hayes, Producing Artistic Director, Palm Beach
  7.  Council’s Choice Award: Street Painting Festival
  8.  Chairs’ Choice Award: The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum
  9.  The Thalia Award:  Roe Green
  10. Ellen Liman Excellence in Arts Education: Sharon Koskoff (new award this year)

Note to Editors: Interviews with Cultural Council President and CEO Rena Blades, as well as photo opportunities may be arranged in advance of the March 13 Muse event. Any media wishing to attend the event must RSVP to the Cultural Council prior to March 6th.

The Muse Awards program is generously sponsored by PNC Bank, Mr. Bruce A Beal, Mr. Francis V. Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf, Mr. and Mrs. Berton E. Korman, JP Morgan, Palm Beach Kennel Club and Joseph and Kelly Rooney, Suzanne Niedland and Larry DeGeorge, Dina Baker, Roe Green and the Roe Green Foundation, Jim and Irene Karp, Patrick Park, Park Foundation, Cecile Draime, Florida Power & Light Company, Betsy K. Matthews, Bruce and Robbi Toll, Mrs. Lee Wolf, Flower Market, Peg and Lee Greenspon, Priscilla Heublein, Judy and Stanley Katz, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthews, Olympusat, Inc., Luann and Bill Parmelee, and Sandra Thompson.

Learn more about the Cultural Council’s Muse Awards