Our Mission and History

Our Mission

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art (LAC) is a for impact art center focused on community. Our vision is to inspire, engage, and connect all walks of life through the universal language of art. To achieve our mission, we offer art classes in media that vary from traditional to niche, display unique and captivating exhibitions, host social and educational events, and provide community-based art outreach programs to those in need.
Lighthouse ArtCenter is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

About the ArtCenter

For more than 57 years, Lighthouse ArtCenter has provided artistic programing and cultural opportunities to the people of Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida. A member-supported not-for-profit organization, Lighthouse ArtCenter offers engaging exhibitions, a dynamic School of Art, and diverse outreach activities to underserved community members.

Lighthouse ArtCenter was founded in 1964 by a group of eight artists and Christopher Norton, the son of the founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Located in Tequesta, Florida, Lighthouse ArtCenter is a three-building campus with multiple galleries, a School of Art comprised of eight studios, and an ArtShop filled with art supplies, local art, and much more.

Every year, Lighthouse ArtCenter entertains and serves more than 20,000 people.

The Gallery hosts inspired curated exhibits featuring the work of local, national, and international artists in all media. Exhibitions have featured the work of world-renowned artists, such as Andy Warhol (WARHOL! WARHOL! WARHOL!) and Ed Hardy (Tattoo: The Renaissance of Body Art), emerging and established artists from around the country through national calls to artists, uniquely Florida artists (i.e. The Highwaymen), and everything in between. Often grounded in history, each exhibition has a unique story to tell and curiosity to incite.

The School of Art offers classes and workshops for children and adults, at all levels in ceramics, drawing, jewelry making and metalsmithing, painting (acrylics, oils, and watercolors), photography and Photoshop, portrait and figure instruction, sculpture, mixed media, textiles, and so much more.

Lighthouse ArtCenter has offered educational summer ArtCamps for children ages 6-12 for more than 45 years, instructing and inspiring children to create and explore the exciting world of art. More than $30,000 in scholarships are offered to children in need every year. Part of ArtCamp is the Teen Internship program, where art-loving adolescents have opportunities to earn experience and community service hours working alongside our ArtCamp instructors.

Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Art For All is an initiative centered around the belief that art-making is beneficial to everyone, and that everyone, regardless of their financial resources, should have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating.

Art For All includes Youth Art Scholarships for Art Classes and Summer ArtCamp, ArtReach, VeteransArt, Senior ArtReach, ArtClub, 3-Wings Visiting Artist Fellowship, LAC Visiting Artist Fellowship, and the Olivia Palumbo Adult Special Needs Class.

Lighthouse ArtCenter’s ArtReach provides educational art experiences for underserved populations, where an art teacher and art supplies are sent on location to teach art to low-income area schools where art programs have been eliminated.

A community of artists and art enthusiast, Lighthouse ArtCenter is committed to enhancing lives, inspiring curiosity, and connecting people through the power and joy of art.