The Palm Beach County Council of Arts was created in 1978 by Alexander W. Dreyfood focusing on the development of arts. In 1986, friends of Raymond F. Kravis raised a donation of $5 million in his honor, which was the first step to start the construction for the eventual opening in 1992. The grand opening was very important and had speeches from Burt Reynolds, Ella Fitzgerald, Lily Tomlin, and others.
The expansion of the Kravis Center over the next years led to the construction of facilities like the Cohen Pavilion, housing the Weiner Banquet Center and the Gimelstob Ballroom, The Elmore Family Business Center for the Arts, and the Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. In March 2016, the Kravis Center became the first performing arts center in the world that installed a custom-design digital organ. This project was funded by Alexander W. Dreyfoos.
Check out this video to learn more about arts in the Kravis Center:
To date, the Center has opened the door to the performing arts for more than 2 million school children and also thousands of economically disadvantaged senior citizens, minorities and community groups. In 2018, the West Palm Beach City Commission approved plans for expanding the center. The vision for 2020 is to make renovations in order to elevate the customer experience offered before. The lobby will be bigger and the entrance will include a waterfall, walkways a new bicycle paths, making this a peaceful ambiance.
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