Armory Art Center CEO Tom Pearson to retire in October

WEST PALM BEACH — Tom Pearson, General Manager of the Armory Art Centerplans to retire at the end of October, the center said.

Pearson has served as CEO of the West Palm Beach center since 2016, when he succeeded Kim Harty. Prior to joining the Armory, he worked for three years as head of the Mississippi Arts Commission and for more than 20 years with the Palm Beach County School District, including as an education administrator artistic.

“I have had the privilege of serving as the CEO of the Armory Art Center for the past seven years,” he said in a July 8 press release. “The arts and arts education have been my life’s work. I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the thriving arts community in South Florida. ”

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In 2016, Pearson, also past president of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, said he had become familiar with the Armory during his years with the school district.

“The quality of work they do there is excellent. The word has to get out,” he said then. “It could be a regional and national gem.”

The Armory listed its accomplishments as developing the computer lab to teach digital photography, animation and drone photography; add 3D printers to ceramics and jewelry programs; and establish annual professional development programs for the Palm Beach County School District.

He also launched the BraveheArts program with the VA Medical Center; expanding the Art of the Phoenix program to include Teens of Trauma; establishing the Armory as a regional affiliate of the National School Art Competition for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; develop a working partnership with SunFest; and the creation of the West Palm Beach Arts Festival at the Armory.

The Armory Art Center was named the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year by the Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce.

The Armory will begin searching for his replacement, officials said.

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