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Cultural Council Extends Nomination Deadline for Muse Awards

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has announced that it is extending the deadline for nominations for the 2018 Muse Awards.

"Every two years, outstanding Palm Beach County artists, performers, leaders and cultural institutions have the opportunity to be recognized with a Muse Award, said Rena Blades, CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. "Although arts organizations in The Palm Beaches were spared from devastating effects of recent storms, we feel that our artists, performers, educators and anyone who wants to put forth a nomination might be in need of extra time to prepare for the 2018 awards.

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 11:59 p.m. on October 10. Muse Awards recipients will be chosen through a competitive process by which each nomination will be reviewed and scored by judges who are artists, community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members.

2018 Muse Awards categories include:

· Outstanding Environmental and Science Organization

· Excellence in Diversity/Equity/Inclusion

· Outstanding Art in Public Places

· The Legacy Award - Representing the heart of Palm Beach County for 40+ years

· Outstanding School committed to Arts Integration

· Outstanding Business Arts Partner

· Clyde Fyfe for Outstanding Performing Artist

· Liman Excellence in Arts Education (cash prize)

The Cultural Council will honor the award recipients at the 2018 Muse Awards on Thursday, March 22 at the Kravis Center. Additional details on the event will follow. For information on how to nominate an individual or organization for a 2018 Muse Award, please visit www.palmbeachculture.com/council-events/muse-awards. For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, please contact Mary Lewis, director of development, at (561) 472-3340 or mlewis@palmbeachculture.com.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Cultural Council administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies in Palm Beach County, Florida's Cultural Capital. The Council promotes Palm Beach County's cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

The Cultural Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, an iconic Streamline Moderne former movie theater in Downtown Lake Worth. Also at the Cultural Council headquarters are the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store featuring products by Palm Beach County artists and the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, a VISIT FLORIDA designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center.

The Cultural Council galleries, visitor information center and store are open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, connect with the Council at palmbeachculture.com or (561) 471-2901. To plan a personalized cultural itinerary, connect with the Cultural Concierge at palmbeachculture.com/concierge. To learn about the benefits of individual, business, artist or musician membership to the Council please contact dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com.



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