Muse Luncheon

Announcing Ali MacGraw!

Be inspired by this truly iconic actor and social activist. Invite your friends!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11:00am – 1:30pm.
Individual tickets start at $125. Tickets on sale now! 

Ali MacGraw, celebrated actor and social activist, will speak 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 welcome celebrated 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 will open 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.

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WHAT:  Be inspired by a great American creator — Ali McGraw — as she discusses the forces that drive her, 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 22, 2019, 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 now!  For more information, contact Development Director Craig Badinger at or 941-475-2098 ext 2.