To further advance and broaden the scope of the educational experience of our youth. It is not just a cause, but an ongoing obligation. The Palm Beach Wine Auction benefits the award winning education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: Putting the Arts in Education.

Each year, we come together at the Palm Beach Wine Auction to enjoy a premier evening of wine and food unlike any other, one that in its 11-year history has raised approximately $4.4 million in net proceeds for children’s arts education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

What does that mean for youth in our community? The numbers tell the story. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, more than 2.2 million local schoolchildren have come through the doors of the Kravis Center over the last 25 years to enjoy a performance, take part in a workshop or to sing, dance and act on stage themselves.

The Center’s Education programs touch students of all ages and interests, including the tens of thousands of students who attend performances with their teachers from schools in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties through the Center’s S*T*A*R Series program; as well as the thousands of students who enjoy the Kravis-On-The-Road series and who participate in 79 Student Arts Enrichment events, which include Master Classes, Beyond the Stage performances through Broadway Reach and various training opportunities such as The De George Academy for Performing Arts, The Broadway Artists Intensive and ArtsCamp.

This year, the Kravis Center has expanded the artistic horizons for young people with two exciting, new theater arts programs. Four local elementary schools are participating in Disney Musicals In Schools, a 17-week musical theater residency, led by a team of teaching artists trained by the Kravis Center and Disney Theatrical Productions, at no cost to them. Led by the teaching artists, they will learn how to produce, direct, choreograph, and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to this experience, the Kravis Center will host a Student Share Celebration, in which each school performs one number from its show in Dreyfoos Hall for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members, on Tuesday, April 3.

The inaugural Kravis Center Dream Awards: Celebrating High School Musical Theater Excellence is a yearlong program where Kravis Center theater adjudicators view and critique eligible musical theater productions at participating public and private schools. On Sunday, June 3, student ensemble work and individual students’ accomplishments in musical theater performance will be recognized and honored at a celebratory awards event in the 2,195-seat Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center. Two students from that showcase will go on to represent Palm Beach County in the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City this summer.

On behalf of the Palm Beach Wine Auction committee, event sponsors and Kravis Center Board of Directors, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your support of these expansive educational efforts. We hope you join us in looking forward to many more years of enhancing our entire community through the enduring gift of the performing arts.

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