• Lake Wales Centennial Party

    The City of Lake Wales celebrates its 100th Anniversary May 28th on the shores of Lake Wailes.  





  • 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 […]





  • Children’s Chorus & Girls’ Chorus Concert

    The Florida Southern Children’s Chorus and Florida Southern Girls’ Chorus present a Combined Spring Concert at 7:30pm, Friday, May 19, 2017 in Branscomb Auditorium. The Children’s and Girls’ Choruses are a program of the Lakeland Choral Society. Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under 12 are free.





  • Jazz Concert

    The Harrison School for the Arts presents a Jazz concert. Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10.  





  • Art-i-facts Summer 2017 (May-Aug)

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





  • FSC Marks Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

    It has been suggested that there are five American thinkers and inventors who have changed the way we live today: Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright (1867-1959) is generally regarded as one of the greatest architects of the modern era, and his innovations are part and parcel of […]





  • 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 […]





  • 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 […]





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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 […]





Center for Education and Conservation

UF/IFAS and Bok Tower Gardens partner to teach a new generation about plants, gardening and the environment

LAKE WALES, Fla. – Among the music of carillon bells, beneath a lush oak canopy, a new partnership is emerging between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and historic Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. The partnership between the state’s preeminent land-grant university and this historic garden will provide […]





Turtle Travels

Turtle Travels Premiers on February 3

Explorations V Children’s Museum premiers its newest temporary exhibit, Turtle Travels, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 4pm with a special grand opening celebration. Museum guests are invited to the event for free admission beginning at 3:30pm on that day. Light refreshments will be served. Turtle Travels, designed for family audiences, offers museum visitors the opportunity […]





Polk Arts Alliance

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