The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is now accepting nominations for its 2020 Muse Awards. This biennial award ceremony honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

“The Muse Awards program reflects the Cultural Council’s mission to champion, engage and grow the arts in Palm Beach County,” said Dave Lawrence, president & CEO. “This year’s theme is Step Right Up, which celebrates those who have dedicated themselves to efforts that enrich Palm Beach County’s cultural sector, enhance quality of life, grow cultural tourism, and strengthen our community.”

The Cultural Council will accept nominations for the 2020 Muse Awards until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 21. Award recipients are chosen through a competitive nomination process. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members.

The Cultural Council will announce award recipients prior to the 2020 Muse Awards on Thursday, April 2 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to special presentations to each award recipient, the ceremony will feature performances by some of the county’s most talented artists. Proceeds support the Cultural Council’s programs – including its artist services, advocacy efforts on behalf of the cultural sector, and outreach programs for locals and visitors.

2020 Muse Awards Categories

Outstanding Creative Professional Support
This award is presented to a deserving individual or organization that has shown exemplary service to creative professionals in any discipline.

Thalia Award
Named after one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, this award is presented to an individual who has exhibited strong and sustained leadership in developing, supporting and/or promoting Palm Beach County’s arts & cultural assets.

Legacy Award
This award recognizes a Palm Beach County cultural organization that has greatly improved the quality of life in Palm Beach County.

Outstanding Corporate Support
The business or corporation nominated for this category has significantly advanced arts and culture in Palm Beach County through contributions and sponsorships, providing volunteer support for events and initiatives, and/or exemplary board service.

Outstanding Cultural Leader
This award recognizes an exceptional individual who has demonstrated leadership, passion and a commitment to grow or transform an emerging or established cultural organization.

Outstanding Community Engagement
This award recognizes an organization that has engaged the public in dynamic, creative and impactful ways in service of the greater good through arts and culture.

Liman Excellence in Arts Education Award
The recipient of this award may be an individual or organization that has achieved success in advancing arts and cultural education for students in Palm Beach County (This award includes a cash prize of $5,000.)

Cultural Impact Award
This award recognizes a cultural organization that has made a significant achievement or development in the cultural sector and community of Palm Beach County over the past 24 months.

Award Eligibility

  • Nominees may be entered into more than one award category on separate nomination forms
  • Individual nominees must reside and work in Palm Beach County
  • Organizations must be headquartered in Palm Beach County
  • Self-nominations and posthumous nominations are accepted
  • Nominees must agree to be nominated and must have a representative at the event if they are chosen as an award recipient

Previous Muse Award recipients
includeAndrew Kato (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Boca Raton Museum of Art; Carol Prusa (artist); Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Palm Beach Opera, PNC Bank; Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; Norton Museum of Art; Roe Green; SunFest; and William Hayes (Palm Beach Dramaworks), among others.

Special thanks to the 2020 Muse Awards Grand Benefactor: The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder.

For more information about the Muse Awards, to purchase tickets ($400/person; $4,000/table) or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit


Hannah Deadman-Arnst
Phone: (561) 471-1602