Kravis Center’s Beloved Lunch and Learn Series Begins on January 24th



2022 “ArtSmart” educational series resumes on Monday, January 24

(West Palm Beach, Fla.)  The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ popular ArtSmart Lunch & Learn educational series resumes on Monday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. The series will take place in the Kravis Center’s Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion.

The first presentation will be “Affairs of The State: An Irreverent History of Presidential Mistresses and Misbehavior,” presented by Dr. Robert Watson, historian, professor and political commentator.  Guests will join Dr. Watson for an in-depth look at the scandalous love lives of some of our country’s leaders. The talk will pull back the curtain to take a fun look at the history of shenanigans of some of our earliest presidents. The first ArtSmart Lunch & Learn is sponsored by Bonnie and Steven Stern.

The second Lunch & Learn presentation, “James Dean Shooting Star,” presented by Julie Gilbert, Pulitzer Prize-nominated biographer, novelist, playwright and teacher, takes place on Monday, February 21. Unforgotten to this day, although his life ended over sixty-six years ago, James Dean’s image was that of the troubled outsider. Gilbert will unveil and explore new material about Dean and his unforgettable presence.

Photo by Chris Salata/Capehart Photography Copyright 2016

The final presentation on Monday, March 21, “Survival Instinct: A Dancer’s Story of Self-Reinvention,” will be presented by Steven Caras, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, published author, featured lecturer, photographer, dance critic, guest ballet master and fundraiser. Caras’ talk will reveal intimate milestones, setbacks and struggles with sexuality and feature images of some of the greatest dancers the world has known. This ArtSmart Lunch & Learn is sponsored by Susan Bloom.

“ArtSmart is a series of arts education classes, workshops and lectures that takes arts lovers behind the curtain,” said Tracy Butler, Kravis Center’s Director of Education. “Our Lunch & Learn series typically sells out, so we hope everyone will gather their friends and join us for these fun and informative afternoons. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the Kravis Center!”

Tickets for Lunch & Learn presentations are $100 and include lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center. Lunch & Learn seating will be open seating. Doors to the Harris Pre-Function Hall and Gimelstob Ballroom will not open prior to 11:30 am.

To purchase tickets for the ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series, visit or call the box office at 561-832-7469 (561-832-SHOW).

The Kravis Center remains committed to the health and safety of our artists, staff, audience, volunteers and guests. Like many other performing arts centers throughout the country, we have implemented new health and safety protocols to ensure the comfort and enjoyment for everyone visiting the Center. To learn more about our current health and safety protocols visit

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving nearly 3 million students since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.