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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 […]


  • Victor Vasarely, Untitled (Sphere), n.d., Serigraph (184/250), Polk Museum of Art Permanent Collection 2001.19.3, Gift of William and Norma Roth

    A Sum of Its Parts

    July 9, 2016 – September 17, 2016 Museum Hours Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday, 1 to 5pm The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays, major holidays, and for its annual Gala. The next Gala will be on March 4, 2017. Summer Hours (June 1 through Labor Day): Tuesday through Saturday, […]


  • Art-i-facts Summer 2016 Cover

    Art-i-facts May-Aug (Summer) 2016

    Please enjoy the screen edition of the magazine by clicking on the image below. The Summer 2016 (May-Aug) print issue of Art-i-facts Magazine may be found at arts, cultural and historic venues, Chambers of Commerce, Central Florida Visitor’s Center, The Lakeland Center, hotels, public libraries, nonprofit arts organizations, and local colleges and universities.


  • 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

Tue 30

X5 Art Studio

August 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue 30

Woodcarving

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sep 01

Music & Movement

September 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Press Releases

Robert MacDonald AHoF

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 […]


January 12 Cultural Arts Council Meeting Video

Video from the Cultural Arts Council meeting on Tuesday, January 12. When I get a digital copy, I will post the meeting agenda below.


Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494