Muse Luncheon

Ali MacGraw was a real crowd-pleaser, and a true inspiration for leading a creative life!

Plan ahead for next year: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 11:00am – 1:30pm.

Ali MacGraw, beloved actor and social activist, spoke in Sarasota on January 22, 2019.

The Muse Luncheon presents national speakers who represent the pinnacle of accomplishment, whose creative output inspires us all, and whose life work compels us to think deeply and richly. This year we welcomed beloved actor and social activist Ali MacGraw.

Perhaps best known for the 1970 film Love Story, Ali MacGraw has become involved in numerous social causes. She opened up about her acting and creative life, her contribution to our culture, and how she has evolved to who she is now.

Our inaugural speaker in 2017 was Oskar Eustis (below left), artistic director of New York’s Public Theatre and responsible for bringing to the stage such iconic productions as Angels In America, Fun Home, and Hamilton, among others. Our 2018 speaker was Bill T. Jones (below right), choreographer, dancer, theater director, writer, and recipient of a 2010 Kennedy Center Honor.

Stay tuned for announcements of the anticipated 2020 Muse Luncheon speaker!

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WHAT:  Be inspired by a great American creator, and enjoy a delicious lunch with good company. Chaired by Board President and Luncheon Founder Debbi Benedict.

WHERE:  Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 11:00am – 1:30pm

WHY:  Proceeds are dedicated to the Hermitage Artist Retreat Endowment Fund. Distributions will support the essential operating expenses associated with providing our core artist residencies and free arts programming for our Gulf Coast community, in perpetuity.

Tickets on sale in November 2019. For more information, contact Development Director Sara Krusenstjerna at or 941-475-2098 ext 2.