• 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

Press Releases

SmArt Biz Symposium Oct 25

Sm(ART) Business Symposium – Economic Impact of the Arts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 3-5pm. Polk State Corporate College, Clear Springs Campus in Bartow Don’t miss the Polk Arts Alliance Sm(ART) Business Symposium Economic Impact of the Arts! This is the rescheduled abbreviated [post-Irma] edition of the original Symposium that was scheduled to take place on September 18. Please join us on October 25th. […]

Bok Tower Gardens Announces Amended Operating Schedule Due to Hurricane Irma

The Gardens will be closed on Saturday, September 9, Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11. Pending no storm damage, the Gardens will reopen on Tuesday, September 12. The public will not be allowed to enter the Gardens until a safety assessment has been conducted and the all clear is given. Informational signage will be […]

Postponed due to Hurricane Irma – 4th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium

This event will be rescheduled. INVITATION to ATTEND MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 / 8AM-11:30AM Doors Open 7:30am The focus of the 4th Annual Sm(ART) Business Symposium, “Educating an Innovative Workforce,” is connecting the dots by infusing arts into education to drive outcomes. This year’s Symposium features: Drumbeat Musical Futures (Rock N Roll Academy) STEM – […]

Oct 6-8: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma

DAVENPORT, FL (Sept 15, 2017) – TheatreWorks Florida has survived Hurricane Irma and although all original dates of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” had to be cancelled due to power outage, the good news is nothing can keep the beautiful Wonderettes ladies down! 3 new show dates have been scheduled for October 6, 7 & 8, 2017! […]

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