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n Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization with a budget under $500,000 - EG2 Educational Gallery Group. Created by visual arts teachers to showcase the visual and performing arts talents of Palm Beach County students, the gallery in West Palm Beach featured more than 100 students in its exhibitions last year. As regional affiliate for the Scholastic Arts Awards for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, EG2 helped teens to exhibit more than 500 pieces of art and gain recognition. The organization also hosts a student fashion show called CATWALK each year. n Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization with a budget over $500,000 - Palm Beach Dramaworks. Attracting a growing audience to downtown West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Dramaworks inspires, challenges and entertains by presenting vibrant original productions of classic, contemporary and overlooked plays. Artistic quality and integrity have earned the group local and national accolades, including praise as an outstanding regional theater from Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout. Its Dramaworkshop lab develops new plays and nurtures playwrights, while its outreach programs include educational interviews with top industry professionals. n Liman Excellence in Arts Education - Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, Inc. The Youth Orchestra, based in Boca Raton, gives students the benefit of musical instruction and the joy of participating in a dynamic ensemble. Members play in one of four orchestras, from the Training Orchestra to the senior-level Philharmonic. Students come from across the socioeconomic landscape and no child is ever turned away due to inability to pay tuition. Summer camps benefit students from age 7 to 18 while the orchestra reaches a cross section of ages through its elementary school training program. n Ubertalli Award for Visual Arts - Erin B. Fromke (E.B.). “She believed she could, so she did!” This quote, painted outside Fromkes’ window in West Palm Beach, reminds her to reach for her dreams no matter what the circumstances. Fromkes uses her talent to express her daily battle with Lyme disease through epic, large-scale works that raise awareness for so-called “invisible” diseases. Although she is restricted to a wheelchair at times, Fromkes rolls in style in her bauble-encrusted art throne as she keeps her skill and passion front and center. n Council’s Choice Award - Loggerhead Marinelife Center. For more than 30 years, Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach has protected Florida’s precious coastal ecosystems and provided free education to visitors. Loggerhead’s advanced sea turtle hospital and research lab treat up to 100 patients annually, while its engaging educational and outreach programs create lifelong stewards of our oceans and marine life. Loggerhead’s Responsible Pier Initiative works to save hooked and entangled sea turtles at 43 piers in four states and Puerto Rico. VIPs from society and the arts, regional dignitaries and county officials all gathered to honor these individuals and organizations for their contributions to arts and culture in The Palm Beaches. Special guests in attendance included event chairpersons Roe Green and Christine Stiller; Cultural Council board members Ethel Williams, Howard Bregman, Jean Sharf, Suzanne Niedland, Berton Korman, Robin Martin, Irene Karp, Peg Anderson, Jo Anne Moeller, Donald Ephraim, William Parmelee, Mayor Marylou Berger and Cressman Bronson; local artists and past Muse Award recipients; county officials; heads of cultural organizations; and arts patrons from Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Boca Raton and elsewhere.
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