• An Evening with Ron White

    Lakeland, FL – Ron “Tater Salad” White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon returns to The RP Funding Center with his new stand-up show on Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m. Having earned two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour TV […]

  • A Spirit of Gratitude Choral Concert

    Featuring the FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor We are grateful for so many things in our lives, and this concert is designed to help us remember our blessings and to express that gratitude through song. At the beginning of this Thanksgiving week, we ask that you join Beth Gibbs – and FSC’s Concert Choir […]

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Burt Shelove and Larry Gelbart Directed by Scott Cook; Musical direction by Shannon Schrumm Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent – and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, […]

  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze

    Lakeland, FL ― Cirque Dreams Holidaze the critically-acclaimed stage extravaganza that is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one lights up the holiday season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour returning to the RP Funding Center on November 17th at 7:30 p.m. Created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg, Cirque […]

  • RAW TV

    RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers. RAW TV is broadcast via multiple networks nation-wide and has been going strong for 21 seasons.  7pm & 9pm on each show evening, Sept 20; Oct 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Feb 21; […]

  • Window to the East Orchestra Concert

    Featuring the FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor Showcasing music inspired by – or written by – Asian composers, Kira Omelchenko and her FSC Symphony Orchestra present an evening of music which provides a glimpse into the Eastern Hemisphere, featuring works by Ivan Borodin, Claude Debussy, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Tan Dun. In addition, music faculty […]

  • Art-i-facts Holiday (Nov-Dec) 2017

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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

art+food

Art+Food Offers a New Way to Experience the Museum

The second art party in Polk Museum of Art’s new Art+ series is going to spice things up with some competition. Local restaurants will try to create the most delicious Asian fusion dish around at Art+Food, set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 23, at the Museum. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 […]

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