May 3, 2022
Pictured above, a few of the students stand next to their original art on display in the West Palm Beach office.
The West Palm Beach office of Nelson Mullins recently partnered with A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (DSOA) to exhibit the art of local high school students on its walls, where it will stay for one year before being swapped out for new student pieces. The partnership is part of a firmwide program to brighten its offices with work created by local student artists. The firm hosted a reception in mid-April for the students, parents, and community members to celebrate the inaugural exhibit.
The program offers students an opportunity to have their work recognized and displayed in a professional environment, where Nelson Mullins employees and clients equally benefit from the fresh, diverse art that brightens their halls and walls.
Now in its seventh year, this firm-created arts program benefits five other offices — Denver; Atlanta; Huntington, West Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina. In total, Nelson Mullins is displaying over 200 pieces through this program, giving more than 60 artists a yearlong exhibition.
The project materialized in 2021 after Nelson Mullins moved its office into one of West Palm Beach's newest buildings, 360 Rosemary. Located downtown, 360 Rosemary is a Class-A office building prioritizing innovation and sustainability, according to its website. Following the move, some of Nelson Mullins' West Palm Beach attorneys realized they were just around the corner from DSOA, a public magnet high school with a strong focus on the arts. Remembering Nelson Mullins' arts program, Office Managing Partner Clifford Hertz, partner Kristin Ahr, and facilities coordinator Charlene Pieper saw an opportunity and began planning.
The group had talks and meetings with DSOA Foundation Director Chris Snyder and Principal Blake Bennett at DSOA to determine the scope and scale of the project, walking through 360 Rosemary to see what kinds of pieces would fit. Once project boundaries were determined, students submitted their art, and Snyder presented it to Hertz and Ahr. The art will be displayed on Nelson Mullins' walls for one year, and then it will be swapped out with new pieces leased from DSOA.
DSOA is a public magnet high school serving a culturally diverse student body of 1,400 artistically talented Palm Beach County students. The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The administration and faculty are dedicated and supportive professionals who help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in higher education or a profession in the arts. Guest artists and industry leaders also share their expertise and creativity with students through lectures, presentations, and hands-on training.
Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm of more than 930 attorneys and government relations professionals with 31 offices in 15 states and Washington, D.C. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.
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