The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the “experience of art”.
Since its founding in 1986 through the continual evolution and growth of an expanding campus, the Armory Art Center is an example of the community’s commitment to establishing a public gathering place for the experience of seeing and creating art. The original Armory building was saved from demolition by artists, preservation activists, philanthropists and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and has been recently renovated to provide students and guests new studios and redesigned gallery space.
With over a dozen state of the art studios, more than one hundred course offerings and an annual student population of nearly 3,000, the Armory Art Center is West Palm Beach’s only community art center. Classes are offered in ceramics, jewelry, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture, with day and evening hours, both during the week and on Saturday.
Our Master Artist Workshop Series features twenty-five artists from around the United States and welcomes 400 participants each season. Youth programs are available throughout the year and the Armory prides itself on its unique Summer Art Camp which provides studio art activities for over 600 children each year, ages kindergarten through high school.
Nearly twelve years after opening, the Armory expanded its programs to include sculpture classes and opened a 3,500 square foot facility on campus designated the Muriel S. Kaplan Sculpture Building. Muriel's son Jerry was the first sculpture teacher at the Armory and made a $250,000 donation to the Center to have the building named after his mother. Muriel has served on the Armory's Board of Directors for the last 20 years and continues to be an advocate for the Center.
Today, the Armory welcomes over 3,000 students annually, nearly 100 course offerings, more than a dozen studios, 25 Master Artists Workshops and a unique Summer Art Camp which fills each year with nearly 700 children ages 5 through 18.
The Armory offers group tours, lectures, workshops and special events in addition to class offerings. We welcome you to stop by for a visit and enjoy a campus full of creative activity!
Youth Programs and Community Outreach
Since its founding in 1986, the Armory Art Center has offered quality studio art education programs for youth, including sequential studio training in the visual arts, on and off site programs for underserved and at-risk youth populations in Palm Beach County, as well as special workshops and programs for elementary through high school level.
Drawing & Painting
Jewelry & Metals
Photography & Print Making
The Armory Art Center is a recipient of the following grants and awards which support our programs in ceramics, jewelry, painting and sculpture for adults and children:
Citigroup Foundation Global Wealth Management
Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties Mosaic Fund
Kanders Family Foundation
Palm Beach County Cultural Council - Tourist Development Fund
Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department - Cultural Facilities Bond
Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Recreation Assistance Program Grant
William H. Pitt Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Rotary Club of Palm Beach
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
State of Florida/Division of Cultural Affairs - Arts in Education
State of Florida/Division of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Facilities
State of Florida/Division of Cultural Affairs - General Program Support
Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund