• Sad Tropics

     A site-specific multimedia installation and our first collaborative exhibition with the Polk Museum of Art at FSC, Sad Tropics will be produced exclusively by New Orleans artists and Florida natives Cristina Molina and Jonathan Traviesa. Inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss’ book title Tristes Tropiques, this exhibition focuses on the psychological landscape of paradise, the topics, and […]

  • Classic Albums Live: The Doors / L.A. Woman

    Classic Albums Live returns to the RP Funding Center with five iconic album performances for the 2018 Summer series. The Series Pass goes on sale on March 1 at 9:30 a.m. The RP Funding Center’s Summer Series will feature Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” on May 20 at 7 p.m., Queen “A Night at the Opera” on […]

  • Symphonic Copeland

    Lakeland rock band Copeland will release a sixth album in Spring 2018, perfect timing for a collaboration with the Imperial Symphony. While many ISO musicians have performed with Copeland in concert and album recordings, this will be the first time a full symphony has accompanied the band on stage.

  • Music under the Stars

     What better way to welcome fall to campus than to absorb an evening of beautiful instrumental music under the stars? With visitors lounging about the venue on chairs, blankets, or grass, one may lean back and enjoy the extraordinary music put together by J. Jossim and her colleagues as they welcome the new season to […]

  • Los Trabas – in Concert

     By popular demand, Sarasota Orchestra principal bassoon/adjunct FSC professor Fernando Traba and his talented wife, Betsy Hudson Traba (Sarasota Orchestra principal flute), return to the Faculty Artist Series to perform an evening of seldom-heard woodwind delights.  This wonderful duo has performed for us before (to completely RAVE reviews), and we look forward to hearing them […]

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the greed, suppressed desires, and desperate hopes for the future of a southern family in crisis. Set in the Mississippi Delta plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, including his son Brick and his wife Maggie (the cat). […]

  • Peter Pan

    For one night only, Lakeland’s professional dance company and symphony orchestra will connect classical music with brand new choreography for a fully-staged production of Peter Pan. The whole gang will be on stage – Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers, Captain Hook and his band of pirates, the Lost Boys and even Tiger Lily will retell this timeless story of the boy who never wants to grow up.

  • Fine Arts College Fair

    The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to announce our 1st Annual Fine Arts College Fair! We look forward to hosting students and colleges on September 27th, 2018 from 6 PM – 8 PM. Colleges attending include: ♦ Florida State University ♦ Full Sail University ♦ University of Central Florida ♦ University of South Florida […]

  • Art-i-facts Fall 2018 (Season Preview)

    Pick up a print copy of Art-i-facts at the Central Florida Visitor’s Center on Hwy 27 in Davenport, or at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, RP Funding Center, Lake Wales Arts Center, Theatre Winter Haven, Public Libraries, Chambers of Commerce and various arts and cultural venues around Polk County. Enjoy the on-screen edition of […]

  • LORRIE GOULET, PANGAEA, 2007, PERSIMMON WOOD, LOAN FROM THE ARTIST, MADE POSSIBLE BY HARMON-MEEK GALLERY

    Lorrie Goulet: Seventy Years Carving

    Lorrie Goulet: Seventy Years Carving celebrates the storied career of a sculptor, painter, and poet who first made her name in the 1950s and 1960s as a female artist who identified herself principally as a carver — a term that aptly describes her hands-on and intuitive approach to sculpting directly from stone and wood. Now 92 years old, Goulet still works actively in her New York City home […]

Upcoming Events

Wed 26

Ladies Craft Night with Heidi Wineland

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 27

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

September 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Press Releases

Beth Mason

On April 11, 2017, the Polk Arts Alliance, along with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, presented the 4th Annual Polk County Artist Hall of Fame 2017 Award to Beth Mason. Known as “Mother Music” for her gracious musical influence on several generations of Lakelanders, Beth Mason is a long-time champion of Polk County’s entire arts community. “If there […]

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FY 2018-19 ACH Applications, Guidelines and Timeline

TDC Arts Culture & Heritage (ACH) Event Sponsorship/Grant guidelines, application, scoring matrix and timeline for FY 2018-19, events that take place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 are available on the Visit Central Florida website—  https://visitcentralflorida.org/about/tourist-development-council The final submission deadline is 4pm, Friday, April 20, 2018. Before submitting an application, all applicants must attend one of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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