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Black Tie International: The 2010 Muse Awards

Muse Awards Showcases Arts & Cultural Excellence

Photos by:  Jacek Gancarz


Jean Sharf, Irene Karp, Ervin Duggan, Edith Dixon

Bill Nix, Mary Montgomery

Jean Sharf, Irene Karp, Ervin Duggan, Edith Dixon

Bill Nix, Mary Montgomery


Michael Bracci and Colleen Bracci

Steven Caras, Sydelle Meyer

Michael and Colleen Bracci

Steven Caras, Sydelle Meyer


Helen K. Persson

Joan Goldberg and Gary Schweikhart

Helen K. Persson

Joan Goldberg and Gary Schweikhart


Street Beat, Inc.
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The Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s
2010 Muse Awards honored many outstanding contributors to Palm Beach County Culture.

Award finalists were a diverse group of artists, educators, leaders and philanthropists from across the county. The evening was high-energy, filled with exceptional performances and engaging presentations that truly impressed the crowd of 350 cultural enthusiasts

Jeffrey Fessler

The 2010 Muse Awards finalists and recipients honored were:

Arts Educator (Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. James Karp)

Mr. Jeffrey Fessler (recipient)

Dr. Kathleen Klein

Ms. Sharon Koskoff

Art or Cultural Program of the Year
(Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Butler)

“Thank you for the Music” collaboration with Street Beat -
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches (recipient)

“LAMP: Library Adventure Museum Pass” - Palm Beach County Library System

“African Dance & Drumming Residency” - VSA arts of Florida –
Palm Beach County

 Arts & Cultural Organization (budget over $500,000)
(Sponsored by The Palm Beach Post)

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (recipient)
Florida Stage Palm Beach Dramaworks Ms. Debby Coles-Dobay



 Arts & Cultural Organization
 (budget under $500,000)
(Sponsored by Mr. and
Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf)

Educational Gallery Group (recipient)

Inspirit, Inc.

Street Beat, Inc.

Civic Leader (Sponsored by Wachovia
Wealth Management)

Mrs. Helen K. Persson (recipient)

Mr. Raymond Graziotto

Mr. Harvey E. Oyer, III

Cultural Leader (Sponsored by Gunster)

Ms. Beth Clark (recipient)

Awards of special merit were the
 Council’s Choice Award

(Sponsored by Northern Trust) presented to the
Loxahatchee River Historical Society
and The Chairs’ Award went to
 the Society of the Four Arts.

Ms. Diane Arrieta was also celebrated as the The Hector Ubertalli Award for
 Visual Artists

Awards of special merit were the
Council’s Choice Award

(Sponsored by Northern Trust) presented to
 the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and The Chairs’ Award went to the Society of the Four Arts. Ms. Diane Arrieta was also celebrated as the The Hector Ubertalli Award for Visual Artists recipient.

Irene Karp and Jean Sharf were co-chairs of the event, which showcased talented youth in
 the county.

Performers included a recital by
Chayse Banks
; the BAK Middle School Of the Arts Trumpet Ensemble; vocalists F. Michael Haynie, Philippe Arroyo, Kevin James Connor, Sam Haas and Nick Savarese singing “Bells” from the musical Academy; Street Beat dance troupe; soprano Madison Marie McIntosh; and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.

Presenters included Michael Province, a violin prodigy, Harrison Tyler, a visual artist attending the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Madison Marie McIntosh.

Over 150 kids were involved in the production, which was under the guidance of Andrew Kato, Artistic Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Creative Consultant/Coordinating Producer for the Tony Awards.

The event also featured a Muse Awards Prize Drawing. Edith D. of Palm Beach won two Tony Awards tickets, a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehearsal, dinner for two at Chef Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne, and two nights’ accommodations at The London NYC. Tickets were $50 each (suggested donation).

All proceeds from the Muse Awards go to the Cultural Council’s art education programs.

The Muse Awards Producing Sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert S. Hoffman,
 Mr. and Mrs. Milton S. Maltz and
Mrs. Sydelle Meyer.






The Palm Beach County Cultural Council was founded in 1978 by Alexander W. Dreyfoos as the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts to develop, coordinate and promote the arts and cultural activities throughout Palm Beach County. It is officially recognized by the Board of County Commissioners as the County’s advisory agency for cultural development and administers a portion of local tourist development funds under contract with county government. It is an independent nonprofit membership organization with 501©(3) federal tax-exempt status, Florida Registration number SC01489. All contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law.



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