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He noted that planning for the Muse Awards program begins eight to 10 months in advance and that one of its primary goals is to showcase local performers and cultural organizations. Although he is accustomed to working with Broadway-caliber artists, “Great talent exists everywhere,” he observes. “It just needs to be harnessed and nurtured appropriately. I am grateful for the high-level work local organizations are doing. We just borrow it for a night.” The 2016 Muse Awards recipients honored on March 31 are:
Christine and Bob Stiller
n Outstanding Civic Leader - Kathi Kretzer-Sayler. Through the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, Kretzer-Sayler has donated pianos and music lessons to underprivileged children, dubbed “Kretzer Kids,” who perform each month at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Her Jupiter-based foundation has also raised more than $550,000 for music education with the “Music for the Mind” concert series. In 2013, she donated 18 pianos for local artists to decorate and show in public spaces prior to their donation to area nonprofit organizations. n Outstanding Cultural Leader - Irvin M. Lippman. Appointed executive director in 2014, Lippman has transformed the Boca Raton Museum of Art in significant ways. Attendance is up 67 percent, with a greater focus on community outreach. Exhibitions remain all-important as programming is developed with an unprecedented level of community collaboration and a focus on the work of Florida artists. Lippman’s dedication to excellence shows in the museum and the arts school, which has more than 100 classes and workshops each week. n Outstanding Art or Cultural Program of the Year - Palm Beach Opera, Enemies, A Love Story. World Premiere Production. The first world premiere in Palm Beach Opera’s 53-year history, Enemies, A Love Story is based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. Set in post-World War II New York, the opera tells a poignant story through an exquisite score and English libretto. Also used as a vessel for community education about Holocaust survivors, the opera – which was staged at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – gained international, national and local recognition and attracted non-traditional audience members.
The Ricky Nahas Dancers
Virginia Mossburg, John Moore AND Dina Baker