• Night at the Museum

    7:00pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 Explorations V Children’s Museum The Jazz Age. The Mad Decade. The Flapper Era. The Roaring Twenties. There are many names for this time period, but they all describe the same thing- FUN and lots of it- the real “Bee’s Knees.”  No writer describes this age of cultural enlightenment better than […]




  • MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake

    MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire Moves Up the List of Top Art Shows The Polk Museum of Art marks a huge accomplishment as MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake enters its 46th year: the show climbed to No. 20 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of the top 200 art shows in the country in 2016. A jump from No. 55 on […]




  • Classic Albums Live – Pink Floyd

    The 6-show Anniversary Series Pass goes on sale Monday, March 6 thru May 11 for $144 per person (service charges may apply) $41 and $31 single ticket sales depending on seating arrangement. Classic Albums Live celebrates their 10-year anniversary at the Lakeland Center performing a series of 6 iconic classic rock albums beginning this May […]




  • Chorus Concert

    Spring Chorus Concert Harrison School for the Arts May 4th @ 7pm Adults $12 Students/Seniors $10




  • Spring Pops Concert

    Lakeland Artisan Meshes Music and Masts! The FREE, Florida Philharmonia concert on May 2 at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida, promises Pop’s-type musical selections—with a nautical twist of fun. The program includes Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday—along with a silent auction for a museum quality, to-scale model […]




  • Entrances and Connections

    FSC DANCE: ENTRANCES AND CONNECTIONS Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. Erin LaSala, artistic director Branscomb Auditorium Just as the medium of movement is the language of dance, every choreographed entrance marks the beginning of a connection between audience members and dancers. Entrances and Connections features new […]




  • Build Your Imagination Awards 2017

    Students Honored at LEGOLAND®Florida

    Build Your Imagination Awards On Friday, March 17, 2017, six students were recognized for their outstanding designs, at the fourth annual LEGOLAND®Florida Resort Build Your Imagination Awards, hosted by Adrian Jones, Divisional Director for Legoland® and Joe Tedder, the Tax Collector for Polk County and honorary Chairman for Kids Tag Art. The event was held […]




  • Kids Tag Art Hosts Awards of Distinction

    Polk County Kids Tag Art awarded 156 new fifth graders with the coveted Award of Distinction. As one of the two top designs representing each participating school. Students were recognized at the Awards Ceremony at Branscomb Auditorium, on the campus of Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, Florida. FSC Education Dean, Dr. Tracey Tedder welcomed the […]




  • Art-i-facts Spring 2017 (Mar-Apr)

    Enjoy the on-screen edition of the March-April (Spring) 2017 edition of Art-i-facts magazine by clicking on the “Click to Read” text below.




  • 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

Thu 27
Thu 27

Symphonic Jubilations

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 02

Woodcarving

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Press Releases

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival

Apr 8-11: Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival

Polk State College’s Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival, an event just two years old but well on its way to becoming a Polk County favorite, will return April 8-11. Scheduled performers include Omar Sosa, a Cuban-born composer, pianist and bandleader whose career includes performances around the world, multiple Grammy nominations and the 2003 Smithsonian […]




Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun

THE LAST WEEKEND! Annie Oakley is the best shot around.  Discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show.  It only takes a glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show.  She soon eclipses Butler as the main […]




Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Lakeland Community Theatre presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

The original made for TV musical with music written by Richard Rodgers, and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II aired in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews as Cinderella. The story is primarily based on the French version of the fairy tale, Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. It’s the familiar […]




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Arts Culture & Heritage Grant Workshop Video

The February 10 workshop recorded and uploaded to YouTube. View the grant guidelines here. Download the 2015-16 grant application here. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing office, 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823. A DATED POSTMARK DOES NOT […]




Polk Arts Alliance

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