Kravis Center's Lee Bell Nominated for 2021 APAP Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - April 10, 2021 - PRLog -- (West Palm Beach, FL – April 8, 2021) The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that Senior Director of Programming Lee Bell has been nominated for a distinguished 2021 APAP Award from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP). The APAP Awards celebrate "individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the industry and communities they serve both in the U.S. and abroad."

Bell is one of 18 nominees for the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming. The winner will be announced at The APAP Honors, at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 4 to 4:30 pm (EDT).

"I'm honored to be recognized for the work that I have enjoyed for more than 30 years," says Bell. "Although all of us have faced many challenges in the last year, the industry forges ahead and the performing arts continues to inspire and unite people from around the world—something that I am very proud to be a part of."

In a public statement released yesterday, APAP President and CEO Lisa Richards Toney explained the significance of hosting an awards celebration in 2021: "APAP's work has always been to lift up the field. When much of the performing arts has been devastated, APAP is working hard to support the field during the crisis and through the recovery."

"Visibility is extremely important for the field and for arts professionals at this time," Richards Toney continues. "At APAP, we are working to preserve jobs, preserve livelihoods, and preserve the ecosystem that is integral to the cultural and economic fabric of our society. That work is a combination of advocating for federal support, delivering programs and services to build the field back better, and providing membership relief so our people can weather this storm. APAP wants to be here for those hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic, and we take seriously our role to help carry the field forward."

For decades, the coveted awards have been presented annually as part of the APAP Awards Ceremony, traditionally held at the annual APAP/NYC conference. In 2021, the Awards event—renamed The APAP Honors—is being held virtually on May 6. The APAP Honors is sponsored by IMG Artists (

To RSVP for The APAP Honors, visit here ( To make a donation to APAP, visit here. (

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