About

Group of Directors at Membership ExhibitionThe Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. Each season, The Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility. The Four Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity and all programs are open to the public.

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, is home to a gallery that features a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. The building also includes a 700-seat auditorium with top-of-the-line sound and lighting for concerts, lectures and films. The auditorium is home to the popular live broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD and National Theatre of London productions, offered throughout the season.

The Four Arts King Library boasts a collection of more than 70,000 publications, periodicals, DVDs and other media. Lively book discussion groups take place several times a month and are open to the public at no charge. The library serves as the town library for Palm Beach, but memberships with borrowing privileges are available to all book lovers whether they live on the island or not.

The Children’s Library invites children and families to borrow books and use computers free of charge. A free story time program is offered twice a week for preschool-aged children and special events for children of all ages are offered throughout the year. In addition to enjoying stories and singing songs, children participate in games and crafts to complement the story time theme of the day.

The Four Arts’ newest facility, the Dixon Education Building, is home to Campus on the Lake cultural education programs. The landmarked building was originally built in the 1920s as Palm Beach’s public school building. In 2013 the building was renovated and revitalized by the Four Arts, preserving the facility’s landmarked exterior while modernizing the interior for 21st-century learning. With classrooms, an art studio and even an apartment for a visiting artist, the Dixon Education Building serves as South Florida’s home for lifelong learning.

The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens designed in 1938 to help new arrivals to South Florida who were struggling with gardening in the state’s tropical climate. Seven demonstration gardens illustrate different styles of landscaping and information on drought and heat tolerant plants.

Adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, which showcases carefully selected sculptures in an outdoor museum-like setting. With welcoming pergolas and a large garden pavilion, the Hulitar Sculpture Garden has become a top destination for visitors to South Florida. The gardens are open seven days a week, and there is no charge for admission.

For more information about the hundreds of exciting programs offered at The Four Arts browse our schedule of events.

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The Esther B OKeeffe Gallery Building

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building
Box Office

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-7226

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (September through October)
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November through April)
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. (November through April)

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Gioconda and Joseph King Library

The Gioconda and Joseph King Library

3 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-2766

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10.a.m to 1 p.m. During Season (November through April)
Closed Sundays
Closed Wednesdays during August

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The John E Rovensky Administration Building

The John E. Rovensky Administration Building

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-7227

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Four Arts Children’s Library

The Four Arts Children’s Library

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-2776

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. During Season (November through April)
Closed the month of August

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden

The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and Four Arts Botanical Garden

Seven days a week
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Dixon Education Building

The Dixon Education Building

240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 805-8562

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (October through May)
Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (June through September)
Closed Mondays and Fridays June through September

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

From Interstate 95, take the Okeechobee Boulevard exit east toward Palm Beach.

After crossing the Royal Park Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway from West Palm Beach into Palm Beach, make the first left turn onto Four Arts Plaza.

PARKING

Free parking is available at the Society of the Four Arts. Additionally, The Palm Beach Town Manager has approved extended use of 2-hour parking locations to assist with the parking needs of the Four Arts while the King Library is under renovation. To view locations in more specific detail, click here.  While attending popular events at the Four Arts, patrons will be permitted to utilize these additional spaces during the following dates and times only:

  1. Every Tuesday beginning January 9 through March 27, from 2:15pm to 4:30pm
  2. Thursdays, January 11, February 1, March 1 and April 5, from 9:15am to Noon
  3. Wednesday, February 28, from 9:15am to Noon

Call (561) 655-7226 for more information.

Visiting from out of town? Welcome!

Where to dine

Where to eat in Palm Beach

Cafe Boulud
(561) 655-6060
www.cafeboulud.com

The Chesterfield Palm Beach
(561) 659-5800
www.chesterfieldpb.com

Cucina Dell’ Arte
(561) 655-0770
www.cucinadellarte.com

Meat Market Palm Beach
(561) 354-9800
www.meatmarket.net

Nick & Johnnie’s Palm Beach
(561) 655-3319
nickandjohnniespb.com

PB Catch
(561) 655-5558
www.pbcatch.com

Surf Side Diner
(561) 659-7495

Toojay’s Gourmet Deli
(561) 659-7232
www.toojays.com

Where to eat in West Palm Beach

Malakor Thai Cafe
561-762-9070
www.malakor.com

Pistache French Bistro
(561) 833-5090
www.pistachewpb.com

Where to stay

Where to stay in Palm Beach

The Chesterfield Hotel
(561) 659-5800‎
www.chesterfieldpb.com

The Four Seasons
(561) 582-2800‎
www.fourseasons.com

The Brazilian Court
(800) 552-0335‎
www.thebraziliancourt.com

The Breakers Hotel
(561) 655-6611‎
www.thebreakers.com

Where to stay in West Palm Beach

Marriott West Palm Beach Hotel
(800) 376-2292‎

Hotel Biba
(561) 832-0094‎
www.hotelbiba.com

Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach – Airport
(561) 689-6888‎
www.doubletree.com

David W. Breneman, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer

Donna Sprunger,  Interim Administrative Assistant to the President

Arts Programming

Nancy Mato, Executive Vice President and Curator

Phillip J. Bergmann, Head of Music and Film Programming

Heidi Roth, Executive Administrative Assistant

Education

Molly Charland, Director of Education

Donamarie Vallee, Senior Associate of Education

Stephanie Grant, Administrative Assistant

Libraries

Rachel Schipper, Ph.D., MLS, Director of Libraries

Betse Gori, MLS, Librarian, King Library

Phil O’Connell, Senior Associate, King Library

Amanda Kiernan, King Library Associate

Graham Brunk, MLIS, Technology Librarian

Susan Harris, MLS, Head Children’s Librarian

Samantha Merigold, MLIS, Children’s Librarian

Melissa Rubin, Children’s Library Assistant

Jayne Dworman, Children’s Library Assistant

Communications and Development

Katie Edwards, Director of Communications and Development

Amanda Jorgensen, Senior Associate of Communications

Lauren Stevens, Development and Special Events Coordinator

David Darby, Communications Coordinator

Finance and Administration

Kathy Mardambek, CPA, Director of Finance and Administration

Patron and Accounting Services

Debra Watson, Director of Patron and Accounting Services

Tricia Laimo, Administrative Assistant

Connie Roma, Administrative Receptionist

Jeanne Calamore, Box Office Receptionist

Lucy Cruz, Box Office Receptionist

Joan Castagnetti, Box Office Receptionist

Nita Dahl, Box Office Receptionist

Ashlee Hodges, Box Office Receptionist

Liz Lamont, Box Office Receptionist

Carmen Undiano, Box Office Receptionist

Marilyn Mazur, Box Office Receptionist

Buildings and Grounds

Ron Minnicks, Director of Facilities Management

Daniel Williams, Senior Assistant, Facilities Management

Diosmel Portales, Assistant, Facilities Management

Bob Lentendre, Assistant, Facilities Management

Staging and Technical Services

Phillip Barnes, Director of Staging and Technical Services

Ben Irene, Associate, Technical Services

Elvio Salazar, Assistant, Technical Services

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The Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Contact the box office at (561) 655-7226 to purchase tickets and confirm available seating.

Four Arts Seating Chart

Members of The Society of the Four Arts Board of Trustees, click here to log in.

Executive Committee

  • Mrs. Edward E. Elson, Chairman
  • Dr. David W. Breneman, President
  • Ambassador Edward E. Elson, Vice Chairman
  • Mr. William S. Gubelmann, Secretary
  • Dr. Randolph H. Guthrie, Vice Chairman
  • Mrs. Thomas E. Hassen
  • Mr. Barry Hoyt, Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Lance D. Mahaney
  • Mr. George Matthews
  • Mr. John J. McAtee, Jr., Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Henry P. Macintosh IV
  • Mrs. Mary M. Morse, Assistant Treasurer
  • Mr. David B. Robb, Jr.
  • Mr. David H. Scaff, Vice Chairman/Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
  • The Hon. Lesly S. Smith

Board of Trustees

  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ainslie
  • Mrs. John W. Annan
  • Mrs. Walter F. Ballinger
  • Mrs. Merrilyn Bardes
  • Mrs. Diana Barrett and Mr. Robert Vila
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Beyer
  • Mrs. Ellen Hassenfeld Block
  • Dr. David W. Breneman
  • Mrs. W. Dale Brougher
  • Ambassador and Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown
  • Mr. and Mrs. George  Cohon
  • Mr. and Mrs. Denis P. Coleman, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson
  • Mrs. J. Simpson Dean, Jr.
  • Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
  • Mrs. John R. Donnell
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Donnelley
  • Mrs. Edith B. Eglin
  • Ambassador & Mrs. Edward E. Elson
  • Mr. Joseph P. Flanagan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Forbes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stanley N. Gaines
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Geisler
  • Mr. Peter N. Geisler, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. William S. Gubelmann
  • Dr. and Mrs. Randolph H. Guthrie
  • Mrs. Edward A. Hansen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hassen
  • Ms. Heather Henry
  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Henry
  • Mrs. Samuel Heyman
  • Mrs. Louis O. Hilton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Barry Hoyt
  • Mrs. Page Lee Hufty
  • Mrs. Philip Hulitar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hunt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. Koch
  • Mr. and Mrs. William I. Koch
  • Mr. Leonard A. Lauder
  • Ambassador and Mrs. Howard H. Leach
  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lickle
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Luter III
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Peter Lyons
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lance D. Mahaney
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Mann
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robin B. Martin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Grant E. Mashek
  • Mr. and Mrs. George G. Matthews
  • Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthews
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Maurer
  • Mrs. Talbott Maxey
  • Mr. and Mrs. John J. McAtee, Jr.
  • Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. McIntosh IV
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leverett S. Miller
  • Mr. Ambrose K. Monell
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dudley L. Moore, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Hubbard Morrish
  • Mrs. Mary M. Morse
  • Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nyheim
  • Mr. David Ober
  • Miss Clare O’Keeffe
  • Mrs. William G. Pannill
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Papanicolaou
  • Mr. and Mrs. John J. Pohanka
  • Mr. Thomas C. Quick
  • Mr. Oliver Harrison Quinn
  • Mr. and Mrs. David B. Robb, Jr.
  • Mrs. Doyle Rogers
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Philip E. Ruppe
  • Mr. and Mrs. David H. Scaff
  • Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schuler
  • The Honorable Lesly S. Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Randall D. Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Soter
  • Mrs. Robert L. Sterling, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Told, Jr.
  • Mrs. Meredith Townsend
  • Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Wood

Advisory Trustee

  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lickle
  • Mr. and Mrs. John B. Rogers

Trustee Emeritus

  • Mrs. W. Dale Brougher
  • Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
  • Mrs. Robert M. Grace
  • Mrs. Philip Hulitar
  • Mr. and Mrs. William I. Koch
  • Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr.

Assisted listening devices (ALDs) are available for no charge to patrons at the Society of the Four Arts and can be checked out for programs held in the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium and Four Arts Hall in the Dixon Education Building. All of our ALDs are sanitized after each use and the covers replaced on the ear buds. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own headphones to use with our ALDs, which are compatible with all standard mini-plug or 1/8 in./3.5 mm jack headphones. Please note headphones that come with a microphone/headphone combination such as those provided with an iPhone are not compatible with our ALDs.

If you would like to check out a device for a performance or lecture, please visit the reception desk at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building or the Dixon Education Building. We only require that you leave your driver’s license or state issued I.D. with the box office before the program begins. Once you have returned the device, your driver’s license or state issued I.D. will be returned to you.

For more information or questions regarding our assisted listening devices systems please contact Phillip Barnes at 561-655-7227.

FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Position Overview:

The Society of the Four Arts, founded in 1936, is a cultural institution that offers its community an array of lectures, concerts, films, HD live presentations, classes and workshops, while also serving as the adult and children’s libraries for the town of Palm Beach.  It is both a membership and a 501(3) organization and is generously supported by sizable annual fund gifts.  Areas we want to strengthen are planned gifts and estate planning, business and corporate support, and a systematic approach to members and others who benefit from its programs but who do not provide financial support.  We seek an experienced Director of Development who can both lead these efforts and oversee the stewardship staff in arranging lunches and benefit dinners and a biennial Gala dinner dance event.

Functions of the position:

Annual Fund
This activity is well developed and ongoing, largely reliant on materials sent out each summer for membership renewals and requests for commitments at the Benefactors ($10,000) and Chairman’s Forum ($25,000) levels. Follow-up correspondence to non-donors on a periodic basis is also required.  The Director should review our current processes and written materials with an eye to increasing effectiveness, including creation of a systematic data base on donors.  Over time, members who are non-donors should be reviewed for potential personal calls or visits.

Planned Gifts
The Four Arts has a small number of planned gifts, but this area has not been developed or worked for many years.  Given the age of those in our community (most are retired), we see this area as a significant opportunity to be pursued.  The successful candidate will have a proven track record at working in this area, with substantial knowledge of the various forms of planned gifts as part of estate plans.  This area requires technical expertise and knowledge of tax implications.

Corporate and Business Giving
While Palm Beach is primarily a resort community of part-time residents, there are numerous opportunities to increase the limited number of corporate gifts we currently receive.  Real estate is one industry that is large and thriving on the island, and many members express the view that the presence of the Four Arts was a key factor in their decision to locate here.  We receive a small number of gifts from the real estate community, but we believe there is great potential in this particular area.  Another area we would like to develop is support from financial institutions in Palm Beach such as banks and private wealth management groups.

Periodic Campaigns to Finance Specific Projects
Four Arts does not run general support campaigns, but periodically the organization does a targeted campaign, usually for building improvements. The Director of Development can expect to run a campaign for renovation of the Gubelmann Auditorium and Gallery during the next few years.  Such campaigns are generally run within the membership.

Analysis of Members
Four Arts has approximately 1,100 members, with husband and spouses considered as a single member unit.  Membership is selective, and we have a substantial waiting list, but over 40% of our members do not give to the Annual Fund.  While we have rudimentary information about our members, in the absence of a full-time Director of Development we have not had the resources to research our member non-donors.  Assembling better and more complete information about these individuals will be an important part of the job.

Stewardship
We have an active stewardship program, and we provide numerous opportunities to invite our major donors to events, such as lunches with speakers, gallery openings, group travel options, annual dinners for the top two donor categories, and a biennial Gala dinner dance. The Director of Development will work with and oversee these important activities.

Administration
The Director of Development will report directly to the President and will work with a Development Committee, made up of Board members, to plan the annual fund, the planned giving activities, the stewardship programs, and targeted campaigns. The Director will also work closely with the volunteer Chairs of the biennial Gala dinner dance, with support of the stewardship staff.

Social Involvement in the Community
As Palm Beach has numerous social activities, and our donors are largely from the area, the Director of Development is expected not only to participate actively in the cultural offerings of the Society, but also become a valued member of the community.  Together with the President, the Director of Development will be an essential external face of the Four Arts to the many groups active in Palm Beach.

Requirement for the Position

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or Law degree a plus
  • Minimum of seven years high-level experience in development
  • Knowledge of estate planning and planned gifts
  • Social sophistication, outgoing personality
  • Willingness to be measured by results

Process Details

  • Position to start no later than October 1, 2018
  • Full-time with benefits
  • Salary negotiable and dependent on experience
  • Please submit your required salary level

Contact Information

The Society of the Four Arts
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL  33480
561-655-7227
www.fourarts.org

Email letters of application and resume’ to:

Donna Sprunger
Assistant to the President
presidentassistant@fourarts.org

Head of Special Events

The Society of the Four Arts, a thriving nonprofit cultural arts organization, has an immediate opening for a Special Events and Development Associate. The person in this position is responsible for planning and executing high-end special events such as luncheons, board meetings, donor recognition events, fundraising galas and other events that support the development goals of The Society of the Four Arts. The role requires strong attention to detail, excellent time management skills, and a poised, professional demeanor.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, coordinate and manage a schedule of more than 40 special events per season, including fundraising galas, donor recognition events, outreach and engagement programs, luncheons, board meetings and performer hospitality
  • Take ownership in critical event details such as invitation design, seating arrangements, donor preferences, décor coordination, and any other aspect that contributes toward an exceptional event experience
  • Maintain organized guest lists and manage event RSVPs
  • Work with event vendors to negotiate bids, and serve as on-site contact for deliveries, set-up and breakdown
  • Work with event committees and volunteer chairmen to ensure all deadlines are met and projects stay on track
  • Clearly communicate event details, tech requirements and facilities requests in advance to other departments to ensure smooth event execution
  • Assist with the maintenance of corporate sponsor portfolios as directed, including preparing proposals, sponsorship agreement letters, and thank you letters
  • Assist with capital campaigns and other fundraising administration, as needed
  • Assist with reports and documents in connection with grant proposals and other reports
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience managing major fundraising events or events for high-net-worth clientele required
  • Demonstrated experience showing initiative and working with minimal supervision
  • Flexible and adaptable – able to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Exhibit a polished demeanor and the ability to build relationships with major donors, co-workers and external contacts
  • Superior attention to detail and accuracy – demonstrated experience with donor databases or similar customer management systems
  • Advanced computer skills including strong experience with MS Office and Excel; working knowledge Adobe Photoshop is a plus
  • Experience in planning and implementing complex mailings desirable.
  • Previous experience working for a local nonprofit is a strong plus

Interested applicants should submit their resume, references and desired salary to Katie Edwards kedwards@fourarts.orgwith the subject line “Head of Special Events.”

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

There are no openings at this time.

 

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Patron Survey 

The Society of the Four Arts has immediate openings for student and college-age volunteers. In exchange for free tickets,  students will come and survey patrons and visitors before an event, during intermission and after events including concerts, HD telecasts, or lectures. (Students who prefer to spend time in the garden interviewing visitors will be given tickets to their choice of event.)  Documentation of volunteer hours will be available if needed to be counted toward a particular program or volunteer requirement. With a large number of offerings here at the Four Arts, students can pick the events that work with best with their schedules and interests. For additional information or to express your interest, please email kedwards@fourarts.org.

Commercial, Group, or Portrait Photography

We welcome and encourage you to take pictures of our beautiful gardens during your visit to The Four Arts. However, if you are interested in using the gardens for portraits, weddings, or similar photography, we ask that you first obtain permission. There is a $100 fee for all staged, formal, planned or professional photography.

Photography clubs or classes whose intention is to photograph the gardens are exempt from this fee but please make arrangements in advance of bringing your group to The Four Arts. For more information, call (561) 659-8506.

You must have an approved permit with you while taking photographs on the grounds of The Society of the Four Arts. Please check in at the library reception desk or with the security guard on duty, and present your approved photography permit.

Photography sessions must end by NO LATER THAN 4:45 p.m. Weather permitting the gardens are open daily from 10 to 5. In the event of rain, the gardens will close. There are no refunds but we are happy to reschedule sessions that were not completed due to weather. Please call (561) 659-8506 to reschedule your session within 30 days of your original permit date.

There are no public restrooms in the gardens. When open, restrooms are available in the King Library, Dixon Education Building, The Rovensky Admin Building and the O’Keeffe Gallery Building.

Check fourarts.org before your visit to confirm hours of operation for buildings and gardens.

For your safety, we do not allow alcoholic beverages in the gardens.


My children and I like to visit the gardens after story time. Do I need a permit to take pictures of them?
No. Photo permits are only required for those who are using the gardens for portrait sessions.

I am getting married and my friend is doing my pictures. Do I still need the permit?
Yes. All planned and staged photography sessions require a permit regardless of the professional status of the photographer.

I am getting married and would like to do a quick ceremony before our photos.
We do not allow wedding ceremonies or other private events.

I represent a non-profit organization and we would like to photograph our gala chairs in your garden. Is this possible?
Yes. You still need a permit, but we will waive the fee for registered 501(c)3 charities for photographic projects that are directly related to the mission of your organization. Please contact Katie Edwards at (561) 659-8506 for more information.

Why do you charge a photography fee?
The gardens are open to the public seven days a week and there is no charge for admission. In addition to the costs of regular maintenance, we also employ a security guard to ensure that our gardens remain safe and that your experience is enjoyable. While we do not charge for regular entry, this fee helps ensure that the gardens are not misused and remain an oasis for our community.


Note: Photography for publication, catalog use, promotion, advertising, or other commercial use requires advance arrangement with the Communications and Public Relations Department of the Society of the Four Arts.

For additional information, please contact us.

 

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