The Voice of the Arts Award honors individuals or groups for their contributions to the arts and artistic life in Naples.
Patty Baker, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, graduated summa cum laude in theatre and art history at Hunter College in New York.
After moving to Naples, she became involved with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Naples Players. She served on the Players’ Board, chairing two successful fundraisers and raised over $3.5 million.
Seven years ago, she began investing in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre. Patty is a producer of two new 2012 Broadway productions:
Jay Baker graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in marketing and industrial management. As president of Kohl’s Corp., he helped the company grow from 39 stores in 1986 to over 600 stores. He retired in 2000.
Jay has been involved with The Naples Philharmonic Center Board, and he is now chair of the Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. He also served on the Naples Community Hospital board, Wharton’s School’s Board of Overseers, the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Board, and now is chairman of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School, which offers degrees in retailing, places students in the industry, and serves as a research center. .
The Bakers will receive the award on Nov. 1 at the Naples International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film and Party which takes place at the elegant Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The Film Festival will begin with attendees, filmmakers, and actors walking the red carpet to the featured film screening, followed by an intimate insider’s view with the filmmaker’s presentation and the Voice of the Arts Award. The evening, which is sponsored by Merrill Lynch, will culminate with a glamorous after-party on the grand stage.
Tickets for the Opening Night Film & Party are available now exclusively through the Philharmonic Center for the Arts website, www.thephil.org, or by calling the box office at (239) 597-1900.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 2 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 4, the film festival will screen over 40 select documentaries, narrative features and short films from around the world at Silverspot Cinema.
The mission of the Naples International Film Festival is to celebrate independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of the community. For additional information, call (239) 775-3456 or visit http://www.naplesfilmfest.com.