Dr. Tom Pearson

Executive Director

Dr. Pearson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting. While working in Mississippi he served as President of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and Chairman of the State Curriculum Committee for the Department of Education. Dr. Pearson taught in Mississippi for twelve years before moving to Florida.

He received a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and pursued additional study in the University of Miami Executive Management Program.

Dr. Pearson was selected to serve on the seven-member John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Board for Partners in Education.  He also served on boards of the Florida Music Education Association, The Florida Bandmasters Association and as President of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.  His research in arts education was presented at the International Music Education Symposium in Greece and the Asian-Pacific Rim Music Conference in Taiwan.

Mississippi called him to the helm of the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2013, serving for three years in that position.  During his time in Mississippi, he served on the Mississippi Blues Trail Commission, the Delta National Heritage Area board, and the board of South Arts Regional Arts Agency.  In 2015, Dr. Pearson received an invitation to the White House from First Lady Michelle Obama to represent the National Alliance of State Arts Agencies for the National Arts and Humanities Awards.

In 2016, Dr. Pearson returned to West Palm Beach to become the Executive Director/CEO of the Armory Art Center where he oversees a comprehensive visual art school that serves the entire range of visual arts from sculpture, welding, stone carving, textiles, drawing, painting, jewelry, photography, digital media, and printmaking.