• Spiritus Piano Trio

    The members of Southeastern’s faculty trio showcase from the platform their harmoniously impressive talents. General $5 Student $3


    Monday, February 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Mark Thomsen, tenor; James Caraher, piano Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall (B202) at Robert Davis Performing Arts Center Free  Just think: The “wedding” of words with music – and music with words – evokes feelings that at times are difficult to describe, yet absolutely […]

  • Bartow Adult Concert Band

    Bartow Adult Concert Band Concert

    Free concert on the John R. DeYoung Stage at the Bartow Civic Center – 2:30pm, Feb 23.

  • Grimm's Fairy Tales

    Grimm’s Fairy Tales

    Feb 22 at 7:30pm & Feb 23 at 2:30pm in Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Join Florida Dance Theatre & Harrison School for The Arts in their first collaborative performance, Grimm Fairy Tales. You sure don’t want to miss the string of twisted tales and contemporary dance. Favorite fairy tales interwoven with magical contemporary […]

  • Bese Saka Festival images

    Bese Saka Festival Concert

    In recognition of Black History Month, Dr. J. Owens Academy of Fine Arts, and the host Sankofa Chorale welcomes Chattanooga Choral Society under the direction of Michael J. Mitchell and guests to present “A Celebratory Salute to the African American Spiritual” on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Polk State College Fine […]

  • Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community

    Join the College of Arts & Media for a celebration of American heritage through music. Now in its third year, this iteration of Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community will serve to entertain and educate audience members on the beautiful and diverse artistic styles of expression that work together to paint the portrait of American […]

  • Tinia Clark Gallery Reception

    Tinia Clark Gallery Reception

    See artwork by Tinia Clark. Reception Feb 21, 5-8pm in the Gray Gallery.

  • Across a Barrier of Fear: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

    A one-woman performance starring Jane VanBoskirk presented by the American Association of University Women of Lake Wales at The Vanguard School’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 each. Please contact AAUW Lake Wales at 863-678-1349 for ticket information.

  • Harrison Creative Writing Event - The Living Room

    The Living Room

    On Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the black box theatre, Harrison School for the Arts Creative Writing Department presents “The Living Room,” their second reading of the year. T-shirts and magazines available for purchase, and refreshments follow the reading. Tickets At the door: $14 adults, $11 students/seniors. In advance: $12 adults, $9 […]

  • George Washington: The Character of a Founding Father

    Florida Lecture Series FEBRUARY 20, 2020 – 7:00PM GENE ALLEN SMITH, Professor of History, Texas Christian University Location: Hollis Room George Washington, while not a Floridian, was certainly instrumental  in  our nation’s founding. Many myths surround the life of the nation’s first President, whose birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday of […]


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 […]

South Arts Upcoming Grant & Fellowship Deadlines

Current Opportunities from South Arts Traditional Arts Touring Grants Applications due December 5, 2020 Grants of up to $5,000 for organizations who present traditional artists and folklorists Traditional Arts Touring Grants work to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South by funding projects that bring a traditional artist/ensemble […]

Southern Prize & State Fellowship for Visual Arts Applications Due Dec 3

Grants will support nine visual artists with $80,000 in awards and a touring exhibition Submission Deadline: December 3, 2019 Review the guidelines and apply today South Arts’ Southern Prize and State Fellowships support the best visual arts being created in the South. Through a lens acknowledging the diversity of artists and creators in our region […]

Call for Artists: Rays Artist Print Series 2019

Deadline for applications is November 27th 11:59pm Creative Pinellas and the Tampa Bay Rays are pleased to announce the second year of the Rays Artist Print Series. The series of fun, unique prints brings artists and fans together around a community-oriented, accessible art collectible. We are looking for artists from throughout the region to create […]

Webinar for Performing Arts Touring and Literary Arts Touring Grants

December 11, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m. ET Join Nikki Estes, South Arts’ Director of Presenting and Touring, for an overview of our Performing Arts Touring and Literary Arts Touring grants. These programs, with deadlines in March and May 2020, offer up to $7,500 to organizations in our nine-state region who engage out-of-state Southern performers and […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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