• Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

    The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

  • Beers with Pioneers

    Join us for a cracker-style evening of fun with 25 specialty & craft beers, live music, complimentary tasting glass and drawing prize tickets, vintage photo station, along with domestic favorites, wine, and food from festival vendors available for purchase. Advanced Tickets are $25/person, and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets now on sale […]

  • Pioneer Days Festival

    Join us for the Lake Wales Museum’s signature heritage event – a family-friendly, free community festival with live entertainment, food vendors, heritage & hand crafts, farmers market, petting zoo & animal rides, reenactments, historic architecture tours, Native American dances, antique cars, tractors and more! Pioneer of the Year Celebration is October 27 at 10 AM, […]

  • Florida Lecture Series: Leslie Kemp Poole

    Leslie Kemp Poole, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College, presents “Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century” Even before they had the right to vote, women were at the forefront of the fight to save Florida’s unique environment. Most likely the fight began in 1900 when a group of Miami women organized the first meeting of […]

  • Hairspray

    The Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts presents the musical theatre hit:       Tickets: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12.

  • FallFest

    Polk State College’s 2018 FallFest takes place Saturday, Oct. 20, continuing the community tradition that is more than 30 years strong. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Winter Haven Campus at 999 Ave. H N.E. transforms into the highly anticipated craft fair featuring a variety of activities and crafters selling items from artwork, to […]

  • Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival

    Dig Into ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival presented by Duke Energy A FREE Community Event Celebrating the Start of Florida’s Gardening Season ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival presented by Duke Energy returns to Bok Tower Gardens Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $10 per car, members free. Free […]

  • Sesame Street Live

      When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be a part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo can’t do magic! That’s when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the “power […]

  • An Evening of Poetry and Prose

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to present “An Evening of Poetry and Prose” from the creative writing department on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a hand-selected collection of original creative work written and presented by students from every grade level. The event takes place in the Black Box Theatre. […]

  • Earth Wind+Fire Art Gallery Reception

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to host the upcoming Visual Arts Exhbit “Earth, Wind and Fire” with a reception on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the art gallery. “Earth, Wind, and Fire” features new artwork from all grade levels and will be on exhibit through mid-November. This event is free and […]

Upcoming Events

Thu 25

Hairspray

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 27

Tai Chi in the Gardens

October 27 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Press Releases

October is National Arts & Humanities Month

No matter who you are or where you live there are many ways you can celebrate the arts this October. This is the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. #ShowYourArt2018 on Instagram @Americans4Arts – The daily themes are in the image at right. Visit one of many arts, culture and heritage-related events happening in Polk […]

GET READY TO “WRECK-THE HALLS”! The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical opens DEC 7-16, 2018

SHOW INFO & TICKETS: TheatreWorksFL.org  DAVENPORT, FL (SEPT 29, 2018) – For anyone that experienced last season’s outrageous sell-out of TheatreWorks Florida’s award-winning The Great American Trailer Park Musical, you already know that this holiday musical bash is about to “wreck-the-halls” with some “ho-ho-hos” and Keg Nog! Filled with some of Central FL’s most talented […]

Candidate Responses on Arts Questions

Please take a moment to review the candidates’ responses to questions on the arts, so you may factor them into your decision making at the polls. The primary election is on August 28. View/Download/Print (pdf) – School Board Candidates Questionnaire View/Download/Print (pdf) – County Commissioners Candidates Questionnaire

5th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium

Complimentary Admission is included with RSVP to director@polkarts.org. RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-business-symposium-tickets-46774093573 Or, RSVP on eventbrite via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/199729843982558 The Polk Arts Alliance presents its 5th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symphonic, Educating an Innovative Workforce, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm at Harrison School for the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd in Lakeland. This year’s symposium, “Connecting the Dots: Infusing […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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