Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes grew up in Lakeland attending Lime Street Elementary, Crystal Lake Junior High and graduating from Lakeland High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from St. Leo University. Paul devoted his professional career and personal life to bringing the arts to Polk County. He enjoyed a 43 year career as a […]

John R. DeYoung, Jr. “Mr. Bartow”

John DeYoung is from Pentwater Michigan where he was one of the founding members of the Pentwater Civic Band in 1947 that still performs today. After graduating Pentwater High School in 1945, John served in the US Army of Occupation in Germany. He earned a B.M.E. from Stetson University in 1952 and accepted the position […]

Beth Mason

On April 11, 2017, the Polk Arts Alliance, along with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, presented the 4th Annual Polk County Artist Hall of Fame 2017 Award to Beth Mason. Known as “Mother Music” for her gracious musical influence on several generations of Lakelanders, Beth Mason is a long-time champion of Polk County’s entire arts community. “If there […]

Robert MacDonald

On Thursday April 28, 2016 World Renown Concert Pianist Robert MacDonald was honored, receiving the Polk Arts Alliance 3rd Annual Artist Hall of Fame Award, In Memoriam, at Florida Southern College’s Symphonic Celebrations at Branscomb Auditorium. The award was presented to his wife, Ingrid, during the concert intermission. The FSC Symphonic Celebrations was the perfect performance to celebrate […]

Norman Small

Theatre Winter Haven’s renowned producing director, Norm Small was honored at Theatre Winter Haven’s Annual Gala as recipient of the Polk Arts Alliance 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Award on Saturday, April 25 at the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven. The SEASONS OF LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO NORMAN M. SMALL was held by his friends, colleagues and […]

Richard Powers

The Polk Arts Alliance recognized artist Richard “Rick” Powers as the Polk County Inaugural Artist Hall of Fame Recipient at the Ramon Theatre’s 8th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Frostproof, Florida. Award winning Florida Wildlife and Landscape Artist Richard “Rick” Powers was born April 11, 1944 in Bartow, FL. as a 6th generation Floridian. […]

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