• Nature Meets Art Exhibit

    January 3-February 28, The Michael Crews Gallery showcases a special exhibit, Nature Meets Art: Photographs by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and accomplished Photographer and Videographer, Mike Potthast. They share their views through the lens, capturing an amazing display of color light and intimate perspectives of Central Florida’s natural world. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 […]

  • Musical Thrones

    Lakeland, FL— Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody coming to the RP Funding Center January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Composed by the hysterical mad men behind the long-running SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, Jon and Al Kaplan, […]

  • Presences: New Work by Yolanda Sánchez

    Through colorful passages of fluttering brushstrokes, Yolanda Sánchez translates the sensory experiences and transience of nature onto canvas and paper. Inspired by her investigations of the underlying power of eastern philosophy and art, Sánchez’s diaphanous, gestural forms encourage the eye to twirl and rest with each mark, evoking her training in dance and calligraphy. Through […]

  • Imperial Symphony Orchestra Presents: A Night at the Opera – Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”

    The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual Night at the Opera, Puccini’s delightful comic opera tale, Gianni Schicchi. Spinning a charming story based on greed, deception, and of course – love – the cast members create an unforgettable work based on an incident from Dante’s […]

  • Chicago: The Musical

    Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cell mate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest […]

  • Piano Keys

    Piano Concert

    The Harrison School for the Arts piano department presents their Winter Piano Concert on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre. There are several exciting two piano ensemble numbers being performed, opening with a transcription of the Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, J.S. Bach. Other ensembles include Flight of the Bumblebee, Rimsky-Korsakov, Champagne […]

  • Soup’s On With Chef Amy Freeze

    Enjoy a hearty ‘Farm to Table’ winter-themed menu, including soups, stews, a craft beer-infused dessert, and drinks. Reservations are required.

  • Ryan White, author – Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

    Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett scuffed around New Orleans, washed out of the Nashville scene, and found refuge among the artists, shrimpers, and genuine characters at the end of the road in Key West. Music critic Ryan White describes how Buffett found his voice and eventually brought to life the song that would launch Parrot Head nation: […]

  • Painting of the Florida Historic Capitol (Courtesy of Dennis Campay, 2005)

    Call to Artists for Historic Capitol Exhibition

    The Florida Historic Capitol Museum invites resident Florida artists to submit works for an exhibition in the state’s Historic Capitol building. The theme Capitol Reimagined will be the focus of the show. New, emerging and established artists are all welcome to apply! Artists are asked to creatively reimagine a Capitol of the future. Applicants are […]

  • Art-i-facts Winter (Jan-Feb) 2018

    Enjoy the on-screen edition of the January-February (Winter) 2018 Art-i-facts magazine by clicking on the “Click to Read” text below.

Upcoming Events

Fri 26

Lakeland Pro Rodeo: Extreme Edition

January 26 @ 8:00 pm - January 27 @ 11:00 pm
Feb 01

Paul Anka

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Press Releases

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report (AEP5)

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study was conducted by Americans for the Arts in collaboration and partnership with the Polk Arts Alliance and the Cultural Arts Council of Polk County in 2016. Click the link to view/download the 2-page summary (pdf): 2-page infographic View/download the complete report (pdf) by clicking the link: FL_PolkCounty_AEP5_CustomizedReport. View a 2-page summary […]

Winter Wonderettes – On Sale Now! (Dec 1-17)

WINTER WONDERETTES Presented by Wayne T. Fellows. Inc. The Wonderettes are back in a scrumptious musical confection of holiday hits! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Happening but when Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring […]

SmArt Biz Symposium Oct 25

Sm(ART) Business Symposium – Economic Impact of the Arts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 3-5pm. Polk State Corporate College, Clear Springs Campus in Bartow Don’t miss the Polk Arts Alliance Sm(ART) Business Symposium Economic Impact of the Arts! This is the rescheduled abbreviated [post-Irma] edition of the original Symposium that was scheduled to take place on September 18. Please join us on October 25th. […]

Bok Tower Gardens Announces Amended Operating Schedule Due to Hurricane Irma

The Gardens will be closed on Saturday, September 9, Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11. Pending no storm damage, the Gardens will reopen on Tuesday, September 12. The public will not be allowed to enter the Gardens until a safety assessment has been conducted and the all clear is given. Informational signage will be […]

Postponed due to Hurricane Irma – 4th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium

This event will be rescheduled. INVITATION to ATTEND MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 / 8AM-11:30AM Doors Open 7:30am The focus of the 4th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium, “Educating an Innovative Workforce,” is connecting the dots by infusing arts into education to drive outcomes. This year’s Symposium features: Drumbeat Musical Futures (Rock N Roll Academy) STEM – […]

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