Armory Names New Director of Development

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, August 2, 2019. Natalie Parker has accepted the position of Director of Development for the Armory Art Center effective August 19, 2019. She recently served as Individual & Planned Giving Manager for Palm Beach Opera. Natalie will lead the new phase of philanthropic growth for the Armory.

Natalie’s career is in non-profit development and event management. In addition to the Palm Beach Opera, she worked for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, the Alzheimer’s Association-South Florida Chapter, and Boca Ballet Theatre.

Natalie earned a Master of Non-Profit Management from Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Science at Butler University in Dance and Arts Administration, and diploma from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as the Armory Art Center’s Director of Development. As a lifelong member of the arts community in Palm Beach County, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the continued and future success for such a wonderful organization” Natalie explains.

Arts Consulting Group led the executive search process. Search committee member and Armory Board President Ann Brown said, “We are very excited that Natalie will be joining our team. Having lived here her whole life, she already has a passion for the Armory and will be a great asset to us.”

Serving the area for over 30 years, the Armory Art Center’s mission is to inspire the creation and experience of art. Classes for youth and adults include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, textiles & fiber, and digital media & photography. Exhibitions, lectures, and events are open to the public. Outreach art programs serve at-risk youth, US Vets, and young victims of trauma. With Natalie Parker’s efforts, the Armory looks forward to expanding programs and facilities to meet increasing demand.

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public. For more information, visit or call (561) 832-1776. The Armory is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.The Armory Art Center school admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic, and other school-administered programs.