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