• 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

Tue 23

Musical Thrones

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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

Saddi Khali

Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center to Host Encore Visit by Photographer Saddi Khali

From News@Polk 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14 at Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 SR 60, Lake Wales, FL  33853. The Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center will host artist Saddi Khali for an encore exhibit of original photographs inspired by the city and people of Lake Wales. Khali, a poet, author and photographer, […]

Magical Monday with Ken Lawson

A Special Magical Monday

Explorations V Children’s Museum, located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, has announced a special Magical Monday session to be held on February 17, 2014 at 10:30a.m. The session will feature, Ken Lawson, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, reading a children’s e-book, Follow Your Dreams in Florida, You […]

Arts, Culture & Heritage Application Workshop Video

The application period for sponsorship of events taking place in Fiscal Year 2014-2015 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015) is now open. You can download the application at the following link:  www.visitcentralflorida.org/tdc . The application period closes on Friday, February 28 and ALL applications are due by 4:00 p.m.that day (applications must be in hand and not postmarked by this […]

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising – Women’s Rights Gallery Exhibit

Art Exhibition – February 3-20, 2014, Gallery Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm Reception Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:30-7:30pm Polk State College Visual Arts is hosting an art exhibition that Raises awareness about Domestic Violence, supports Women’s rights, and promotes art with a social context. This exhibition will provide the community with an cultural event and students […]

Bok Tower Gardens Oval Lawn, New Entry Perspective

Bok Tower Gardens Announces $12 Million Initiative to Build New Garden Spaces

Children’s Garden ▪ Outdoor Kitchen ▪ Florida Wild Garden ▪ Accessibility • Tower Restoration ▪ New Entry Sequence ▪ Horticultural Improvements ▪ Expanded Café Seating ▪ Pollinator Garden ▪ Exhibit Hall Renovations “Preserve the Legacy, Steward the Future” On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, Bok Tower Gardens is embarking on a $12 million capital […]

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