Lunch and Learn

Polk County History Center

Join Polk County History Center on the third Tuesday of each month, January through November, for a fun Florida-themed lecture covering a wide variety or topics. Lunch & Learn is a free program and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.




Architectural Tour of the 1908 Courthouse

Polk County History Center

Take a family-friendly guided tour of the courthouse and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989.




Growing up Jewish in Polk County

Polk County History Center

New exhibit on display May 11-August 9, 2016. History Center hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.




Bloomin’ Arts Festival

Frost Van Den Boom 45th Annual Bloomin’ Arts Festival March 5 & 6, 10am-4pm. Bartow’s population nearly doubles every year on the first full weekend of March, as artists, vendors, and visitors from all over the country are drawn to the city to celebrate everything art.  Bartow’s Bloomin’ Arts Festival is back in historic downtown Bartow […]




Bartow Art Guild Meeting

The Bartow Art Guild meets at the Bartow Civic Center, unless otherwise specified. The Guild meets on the second Monday of each month from September through April. The social time at 7 pm is followed by a short business meeting and featured art program at 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome. January 11 – Mixed Media […]




Festival of Wreaths Opening Night

The Festival of Wreaths Opening Night coincides with Bartow’s Lights on Main celebration. The halls of the History Center will be decked out with more than fifty colorful wreaths in celebration of the Festival of Wreaths. An appearance in the rotunda from Santa and Mrs. Claus is scheduled between 7 and 9 p.m. The couple will be […]




Festival of Wreaths

For the fifth consecutive year, the halls of the History Center will be decked out with more than fifty colorful wreaths in celebration of the Festival of Wreaths. During this holiday celebration, organizations and individuals from the local community decorate and donate the wreaths, which will be on display from Nov. 20 through Dec. 12 […]




Lunch and Learn: “The Way We Worked”

Polk County History Center

Chelsea Young explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments during the past 150 years. The presentation is an overview of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit which will be on display from Oct. through Dec. 2015 at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum.




Cornucopia Art Show

A Bartow Art Guild Members Only Exhibition at the Bartow Public Library. On exhibit October 20 through December 3, 2015. Every year, in October/November, the Bartow Art Guild hosts a members only exhibit. Each member may enter one or two pieces in any medium. All pieces are accepted into the show. The pieces are judged […]




Architectural Tour of the 1908 Courthouse

Polk County History Center

Take a guided tour of the courthouse and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989.




Polk Arts Alliance

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