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Marilyn Bauer Welcomed as New Director of Marketing and Government Affairs at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Cultural Council of Palm Beach County appoints Marilyn Bauer as Director of Marketing and Government Affairs

William M. “Bill” Nix retires after 15 years of dedicated service to the Council


Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County announced today the appointment of Marilyn Bauer  as the Council’s new Director of Marketing and Government Affairs.


Marilyn Bauer, a resident of West Palm Beach, is a marketing and communications expert with extensive experience in cross-platform marketing including branding, public relations, social media, special events, creative services, project management and promotion. She is also an award-winning journalist and two-time National Endowment for the Arts fellow with more than twenty years of experience working for major metropolitan newspapers, national magazines and websites on both the editorial and business sides of the industry.


“The Council is so pleased to welcome Marilyn to our outstanding team,” said Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “She has a sophisticated communications background, several travel writing awards and two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships under her belt, making her perfect for this position.”


Marilyn Bauer

Marilyn Bauer


Bauer has served as an advocate for the arts for most of her life – not only writing about the business and importance of the arts in numerous outlets – but also as an art critic for publications ranging from ARTnews to Art & Antiques to the Cincinnati Enquirer where she was the art critic for six years.  An arts blog she wrote for Scripps Media from 2010 to 2011 was recognized by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for its coverage of issues relevant to the arts community. Currently she is a frequent contributor to Western Art & Architecture.


Bauer has worked as a volunteer and on a pro bono basis for a number of smaller arts organizations, most recently for a fledgling art center in Hobe Sound. She attended graduate school at New York University in Arts Administration.


Most recently, Bauer held the position of Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus Palm Beach and previously directed marketing for Digital Domain Media Group where she also worked as a writer of a documentary film and series of books. She has held senior marketing positions at Harper’s Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.



In her new role Bauer replaces the position formerly held by William M. “Bill” Nix, who retired in August as Vice President of Marketing and Government Affairs following 15 years of dedicated service to the Cultural Council. During his tenure, Nix, of Delray Beach, planned and managed comprehensive marketing, public relations and advocacy efforts on behalf of the cultural industry. He was responsible for the development of several grant programs to benefit the arts and cultural business community and his advocacy work covered state and federal issues and increased funding for the arts. Throughout his career, Nix has served on a number of regional and national committees including the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, the New Product Development Committee of Visit Florida, the National Steering Committee of the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Alliance and the Board of South Arts. He is a conference speaker and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts State Cultural Council, and state grant panels.



Nix’s immediate plans in retirement include continuing to promote and advocate for the arts as President of NIX Communications Group, Inc., with a focus on cultural and heritage tourism and economic development through the arts. He opened the company in 1987 following a 20-year strategic planning and financial management career with IBM Corporation.


About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:


The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visit


Admission to the Cultural Council’s galleries, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Information Center and Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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