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.

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.

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 […]

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.

The Way We Worked

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit: “The Way We Worked” explores how work shaped America and will be on exhibit in the Polk County History Center from July 1 – August 12, 2017.    

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

SmArt Biz Symposium Oct 25

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. […]

Painting Miniatures with Nayeli Cacique

A program for teens ages 13 and up at Bartow Public Library.

Folk Music with Will Forever

A family friendly event with local musician Will Forever. Seating is limited and is first come first served. Event for children ages 6 and up with a parent/guardian.

Rick Martin’s Tricky Dog Show

Seating is limited. First come first served. For children ages 6 and up with a parent/guardian.

Polk Arts Alliance

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