• 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

Sm(ART) Business Symposium Highlights on Out and About Art

The November episode of PGTV’s “Out and About Art” At Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday, learn more about Lakeland Community Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season. Then see highlights of the Polk Arts Alliance’s “Sm(ART) Business Symposium” hosted by Southeastern University.

Elder Djangirov

Live @ Harrison: Piano Virtuoso Eldar Djangirov

This year marks the launch of Live at Harrison – a series of concerts and performances featuring nationally-known artists and performers. “Not only are we hoping to bring quality artists to our area,” said Harrison principal, Dr. Daryl Ward, “but these artists will also work with our students in some capacity.” The Live at Harrison […]

Transforming Your Business With Creativity

The Polk Arts Alliance 2nd Annual Creative Industry – SM(ART) Business Symposium, in partnership with the Southeastern University College of Arts & Media, begins at 9:00 a.m. in Bush Chapel on the Southeastern University campus. The event is free to the business community with a business card and RSVP. Registration and continental breakfast begin at […]

Pop-Up Art Tour Launches August 21st

Main Street Bartow, Inc. is putting a new spin on economic development with an innovative approach to creating attention to some of their unoccupied buildings and spaces in their Main Street District. They will be joining the current trending craze of Pop-Up Art Galleries with a slight twist. Instead of staging the art in one […]

Descending Night by Jack Howard-Potter

15th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition (FLOSC)

March 2015 – February 2016 Every year, Polk Museum of Art works with local cities to install new sculptures in downtown parks. This year, the Cities of Winter Haven, Lakeland and Sebring are participating in the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Sculptures are selected by a committee of community members and Museum staff for the Florida […]

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