His­tor­i­cal RE­MAKE

New book tells Four Arts’ 81-year story with pic­tures and me­mories

Palm Beach Daily News - - ARTS - By JAN SJOSTROM

The So­ci­ety of the Four Arts’ new, up­dated his­tory might have been as lengthy as Moby Dick and as riv­et­ing as Leviti­cus. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has cov­ered a lot of ground since the last his­tory was pub­lished in 1996.

Among the mile­stones: Ervin Dug­gan’s lead­er­ship, the in­cep­tion of the Cam­pus on the Lake con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, re­design of the Philip Huli­tar Sculp­ture Garden, restora­tion of the botan­i­cal gar­dens, pur­chase of the for­mer Palm Beach Pub­lic School west build­ing and its con­ver­sion into a home for Cam­pus on the Lake.

Whoops! We’re fall­ing into the trap the Four Arts avoided when it dropped its ini­tial plan to em­u­late the 1996 up­date of the orig­i­nal 1983 his­tory, which ba­si­cally ap­pended a chrono­log­i­cal list of pro­grams.

“If we’d done it that way, the book

The Four Arts’ chil­dren’s li­brary, a cheer­ful space topped by a sky­light in the John E. Roven­sky Build­ing, of­fers a host of pro­grams for young­sters, in­clud­ing preschool story times.

The Four Arts ne­go­ti­ated with the school dis­trict for more than six years be­fore a deal was struck to buy a for­mer Palm Beach Pub­lic School build­ing. The ren­o­vated build­ing opened in 2013 as the Fitz Eu­gene Dixon Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing.

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