Hope Diamond Expert to Lecture on ‘The History of America in 101 Objects’

LAKELAND – Reducing the Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million objects to a mere 101 to tell the story of America is no easy task. But aided by more than 100 curators, Dr. Richard Kurin did just that in a new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” Kurin, a world-renowned expert on […]

Special Presentations for the Gardens Planned

Kenneth Treister at Florida Southern College March 23, Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay at Bok Tower Gardens March 24, The Gooey Stuff that Plants Ooze LAKE WALES, Fla. — The public is invited to attend two very different presentations about Bok Tower Gardens, scheduled to take place March 23 and 24. […]

Co-Author Discusses the book, Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal, and His Connection to Frank Lloyd Wright

Kenneth Treister, co-author of the recently released Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal, will discuss the book and his connection to Frank Lloyd Wright during a brunch in the President’s Dining Room at Lakeland’s Florida Southern College on March 23 at 10 a.m. Treister is an architect, author and artist. He has produced four documentaries and has […]

Botanist and Plant Expert Speaks About Amber and Plant Exudates–“Gooey Stuff Many Plants Ooze”

On March 24 at 11 a.m. in the Magnolia Room at the Bok Tower Gardens’ Visitor Center, botanist and plant expert Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay will speak about Amber and plant exudates–the “gooey stuff that many plants ooze.” Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic […]

Exhibition Reception for “Site Specifics” Dan Gunderson and Barbara Sorenson”

Topographies Install OMA_2007

Community Stakeholders Meeting: The Economic Impact of Creative Industries

Polk Arts Alliance presents Community Stakeholders Meeting on May 7 hosted by Southeastern University. Registration begins at 8:15am. The program begins at 9:00am. The event is sponsored by Grasslands, Peterson & Myers, P.A. and Community Southern Bank. The Economic Impact of Creative Industries “Full S.T.E.(A)M. Ahead!” Science, Technology, Engineering, (ARTs) and Math How Creativity Can Impact […]

Exhibition Reception for “Future Retro”

Elia Russinoff, "Design Proposal: Two Door Sports Car," 1953.

Polk Museum of Art’s exhibition for “Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of the American Automobile” will be celebrated on September 19 from 6-8:30pm. The reception includes a lecture followed by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Museum members may attend the reception for free; guests are $10. “Future Retro: Drawings from the […]

Cambalache Lecture Workshop


November 6, 2014, 11am – 12 noon. Please RSVP to lwac@polk.edu or (863) 298-6883 due to limited seating. Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center is inviting your students to participate in a lecture demonstration workshop with the group Cambalache.  The one-hour workshop beginning at 11:00 AM is scheduled for November 6, 2014 at the Lake Wales […]

Tea & Symphony

Sip a cup of tea, enjoy a glass of wine and mingle at this music enrichment programs given the Tuesday before each Masterworks performance. Learn about the life, times and music of each concert’s featured composers and guest artists at our lecture series facilitated by Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Thielen.

Peggy MacDonald, writer: Marjorie Harris Carr – Defender of Florida’s Environment

Florida Lecture Series. Dr. Peggy Macdonald, assistant professor of history at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, will speak on the topic “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment” at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Hollis Room in the Buckner Building on the FSC campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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