The Society of the Four Arts to close for the season on Saturday, March 14

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The Society of the Four Arts to close for the season on Saturday, March 14

PALM BEACH, FLA.: The Society of the Four Arts announces that it will end its 2019-20 season programming Friday, March 13 following the Film presentation “A Private War” at 5:30 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, March 14, the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building which houses the art gallery and the Gubelmann Auditorium, the King Library, the Dixon Education Building, and the Rovensky Administration Building will be closed until further notice. The Four Arts’ Botanical Gardens and the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden will remain open, although docent-led tours will not take place.

This decision was made by Chairman of the Board Dr. Randolph H. Guthrie, President and CEO Dr. Philip Rylands, and The Four Arts’ Executive Committee out of caution regarding the COVID-19 virus. While COVID-19 has not been reported in Palm Beach County or at The Society of the Four Arts, evidence is mounting that the virus is a growing threat. Due to the situation, The Four Arts has decided not to assemble people in classrooms or lecture halls over the next few months, reducing potential chances of contagion.

The run of the art exhibition For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design will end Friday, March 13. The Four Arts is also cancelling concerts, lectures, book discussions, educational programs, and children’s programs that had been scheduled through April.

If patrons purchased tickets to any of The Four Arts’ programs occurring after March 13, instructions on how to receive refunds or donate them to The Four Arts will be made available.

The Four Arts’ staff will remain at work, either on site or at home. Information will be made available when we reopen The Four Arts’ buildings and programming.

Since its founding in 1936, The Society of 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. For more information please visit The Society of the Four Arts is located at 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

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