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    Sm(ART) Business Symposium

    Join the Polk Arts Alliance and Polk State College for the 3rd Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium: “Educating an Innovative Workforce” on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The symposium takes place appropriately during National Arts in Education Week  (September 11 – 17, 2016). Registration begins at 8 AM. The program is from 9-11 AM. The program takes place […]


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    Expansion Celebration at Bok Tower Gardens

    Bok Tower Gardens Celebrates the Future on Saturday, September 10 with the Grand Opening of the Largest Expansion in 87 Years of History. After months of construction and the successful conclusion of the Preserve the Legacy, Steward the Future capital campaign, Bok Tower Gardens comes into full bloom with the opening of several highly anticipated […]


  • Art-i-facts Sep-Oct 2016

    Art-i-facts Sep-Oct 2016 (Season Preview)

    Please enjoy the screen edition of the magazine by clicking on the “Click to read” text in the image below.


  • I Heart the Arts at Polk State

    Capturing Cultures Photo Contest

    September 1 – October 17 – Capturing Cultures Photo Contest.  $10 per image, up to 5 images.  Entry fees waived for up to 3 images for Polk State College students/faculty/staff, if submitted by September 30th.  To enter the contest, email ksimpson@polk.edu, or call 863.669.4917 for entry instructions. This contest precedes the Gallery Exhibit: Capturing Cultures Photography […]


  • Ruben Ubiera, Monkey Business, Painted mural, 16' x 24'.

    Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art

    For the first time in its 50 year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with an accomplished Florida artist to produce an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Florida artist Ruben Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ directly onto one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. The Museum will  remain on view […]


  • Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida's Magical Waters by Rick Kilby.

    Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters

    June 2015 – September 2016. Hours: Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm. The Polk County History Center also is proud to host a traveling exhibit by graphic designer Rick Kilby, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters. This exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s […]


  • Florida's State of the Arts License Plate

    The Drive is on to Support the Arts in Florida

    This year at renewal time, choose a Florida State of the Arts license plate and help fund important programs in Polk County including the visual arts, theatre, music and dance. Already renewed your tag? Simply visit your local tag office, turn in your current plate and receive your new one on the spot for a […]


Upcoming Events

Wed 28

Capturing Cultures Photo Contest

September 1 - October 17
Organizer: Polk State College
Thu 29

Music & Movement

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Press Releases

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3rd Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium

National Arts in Education Week is September 11 – 17, 2016. Join the Polk Arts Alliance and Polk State College for the 3rd Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium: “Educating an Innovative Workforce” on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Registration begins at 8 AM. The program is from 9-11 AM. The program takes place at the Polk State […]


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Polk Arts Alliance Inducts Robert MacDonald into Polk Artist Hall of Fame

Polk Arts Alliance cordially invites you to the 3rd Annual Polk Artists Hall of Fame Award, in memoriam of internationally renowned concert pianist Robert MacDonald during a free performance by the Florida Southern College Symphony Orchestra. Symphonic Celebrations April 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College Kira Omelchenko, conductor. Celebrating the remarkable range […]


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Support School Art: Choose A Kids Tag Art Vanity Tag Today

Support art in schools by purchasing a Kids Tag Art vanity tag for your front car bumper this year.  With proceeds going to classroom arts, it’s a “win-win” states Joe Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County and honorary chairman for Kids Tag Art, a countywide art design contest and fundraising project exclusively for fifth graders. […]


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Polk Arts Alliance Partners with American for the Arts on Prosperity Report 5

Meri Mass, Polk Arts Alliance Executive Director is excited to announce a partnership with Americans for the Arts (AFTA), to be included as one of the U.S counties that will be a part of the National Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5) Report. Participating communities represent all 50 states plus the District of Columbia but […]


Polk Arts Alliance

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