• Tai Chi in the Gardens

    Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi surrounded by the serenity of the Gardens. Individuals of all ages and physical conditions can use the fluid movements to help release tension, increase balance and relax. This seasonal activity runs on Saturdays from 8:30-9:30am from October 6-April 6, with the exceptions of November 24 and December 22. $10 members, $17 […]

  • Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

    The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

  • Pioneer Days Festival

    Join us for the Lake Wales Museum’s signature heritage event – a family-friendly, free community festival with live entertainment, food vendors, heritage & hand crafts, farmers market, petting zoo & animal rides, reenactments, historic architecture tours, Native American dances, antique cars, tractors and more! Pioneer of the Year Celebration is October 27 at 10 AM, […]

  • Florida Lecture Series: Leslie Kemp Poole

    Leslie Kemp Poole, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College, presents “Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century” Even before they had the right to vote, women were at the forefront of the fight to save Florida’s unique environment. Most likely the fight began in 1900 when a group of Miami women organized the first meeting of […]

  • FallFest

    Polk State College’s 2018 FallFest takes place Saturday, Oct. 20, continuing the community tradition that is more than 30 years strong. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Winter Haven Campus at 999 Ave. H N.E. transforms into the highly anticipated craft fair featuring a variety of activities and crafters selling items from artwork, to […]

  • Sesame Street Live

      When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be a part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo can’t do magic! That’s when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the “power […]

  • An Evening of Poetry and Prose

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to present “An Evening of Poetry and Prose” from the creative writing department on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a hand-selected collection of original creative work written and presented by students from every grade level. The event takes place in the Black Box Theatre. […]

  • Earth Wind+Fire Art Gallery Reception

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to host the upcoming Visual Arts Exhbit “Earth, Wind and Fire” with a reception on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the art gallery. “Earth, Wind, and Fire” features new artwork from all grade levels and will be on exhibit through mid-November. This event is free and […]

  • October is National Arts & Humanities Month

    No matter who you are or where you live there are many ways you can celebrate the arts this October. This is the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. #ShowYourArt2018 on Instagram @Americans4Arts – The daily themes are in the image at right. Visit one of many arts, culture and heritage-related events happening in Polk […]

  • 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 […]

Upcoming Events

Fri 19

Sesame Street Live

October 19 @ 9:30 am - October 20 @ 1:30 pm

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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

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