• Exile: 50 years of Cuban-American Art

    The early exiles were largely middle and upper-middle class, so they were not as motivated by improved economic prospects to be found in the United States as were those exiles who came at a later date. Indeed, the later generation of artists who came to Miami in the 1990’s were very much looking for more […]

  • The Nutcracker

    FLORIDA DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS: TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker  In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the members of Florida Dance Theatre (FSC’s company-in-residence under the direction of Carol Erkes), bring their classic holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Festival of Fine Arts.  Come see this timeless holiday masterpiece, performed with charm and perfection by the dynamic […]

  • Handel’s Messiah

    Lakeland Choral Society, Florida Southern Girls Chorus and Polk State College Choirs join the ISO for a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah to kick off the holiday season.

  • Great Joy!

    Christmas Concert presented by the Sankofa Chorale and the Christ Community Singers. Sun, Dec 9, 4pm at Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church, Winter Haven Sun, Dec 16, 5pm at Christ Community Christian Center Church, Lakeland This is year’s concert, entitled “Great Joy,” is arranged by Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red. “Great Joy” is a […]

  • Christmas Concert

    Our annual Christmas Concert will be Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Youkey Theatre in the RP Funding Center. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45, and the band concert begins at 2:30. The concert is free and no tickets are needed. The Center has a parking fee. The Christmas Concert will feature music from “The […]

  • Lennon Reimagined

    Local musicians pay tribute to John Lennon in a special winter gathering at LKLD Live. Featuring performances by Gary Love Band, Revel In The View, John Frinzi, Courtney Plummer, Joe Gavin, Keith Meek, Jason Jolin, Kristy Scott, Cameron Smith and more. Row Seat = $10 VIP Table Seat = $20 (advance sale price)  

  • ‘TIS THE SEASON: The Christmas Gala

    FSC’s Department of Music presents ‘Tis the Season: The Christmas Gala with a riveting group of musical holiday favorites, beautifully performed by choral, instrumental, and string groups – and selected special music by other musical combinations.  Among favorite pieces to be performed are Sleigh Ride, Christmas Song, and The Nutcracker (for orchestra/dancers), O Holy Night […]

  • Town & Country History Bus Tour

    Take a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at the historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance.

  • Chagall: Stories into Dreams

    This extraordinary show of Marc Chagall’s work is the only one of its kind in Florida and the only one in the country that pairs his Fables of La Fontaine etchings (1952) with his Story of Exodus lithographs (1966). Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was born into a poor Jewish family in Russia and began studying painting […]

  • The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

    It’s holiday time down in Armadillo Acres (North Florida’s premier mobile-living community), and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin, and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in […]

Upcoming Events

Sat 15

Tai Chi in the Gardens

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Sat 15

Frostproof Photography Club

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Press Releases

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 […]

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FY 2018-19 ACH Applications, Guidelines and Timeline

TDC Arts Culture & Heritage (ACH) Event Sponsorship/Grant guidelines, application, scoring matrix and timeline for FY 2018-19, events that take place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 are available on the Visit Central Florida website—  https://visitcentralflorida.org/about/tourist-development-council The final submission deadline is 4pm, Friday, April 20, 2018. Before submitting an application, all applicants must attend one of the […]

Painting of the Florida Historic Capitol (Courtesy of Dennis Campay, 2005)

Call to Artists for Historic Capitol Exhibition

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum invites resident Florida artists to submit works for an exhibition in the state’s Historic Capitol building. The theme Capitol Reimagined will be the focus of the show. New, emerging and established artists are all welcome to apply! Artists are asked to creatively reimagine a Capitol of the future. Applicants are […]

Florida's State of the Arts License Plate

The Drive is on to Support the Arts in Florida

This year at renewal time, choose a Florida State of the Arts license plate and help fund important programs in Polk County including the visual arts, theatre, music and dance. Already renewed your tag? Simply visit your local tag office, turn in your current plate and receive your new one on the spot for a […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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