• Inside the Masters’ Studios: Richard Haas Dioramas

    Although best known as a master of trompe l’oeil, illusionistic painting, Richard Haas, a Wisconsin-born painter who now resides in New York City, also began creating diorama boxes in the 1960s as a means of exploring in intimate, three-dimensional scale the inner worlds of the great masters of art history.  An unusually personal show, Inside the […]

  • Reflections

     The year 2019 marks the twentieth FSC spring band concert led by Dr. Jo Jossim! Can you believe it?  In this performance, she will pull some musical pieces from previous spring concerts that allow her to look back on past bands and themes, but – because wind band literature is always evolving and changing – […]

  • Soirée at Prince Orlofsky’s

    A masked ball takes place at Prince Orlofsky’s Villa in Vienna, and as guests arrive (including Eisenstein, Adele, Dr. Falke, and Rosalinde), many begin to resemble people or characters from other lands or operas. As the energy builds (and the champagne flows), guests begin performing scenes from various operas and operettas by composers that include […]

  • Celebrate La Francophonie Day at the Polk Museum of Art

    Vive la France! Inspired by its Edgar Degas exhibition, the Polk Museum of Art will celebrate French language and Francophone culture with its La Francophonie Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on March 23. The celebration pays tribute to the 300 million French speakers living on five continents, and offers a variety of themed […]

  • Florida’s Female Pioneers

    Women’s History Month presentation: “Florida’s Female Pioneers” with guest speaker Peggy MacDonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. Harriet Beecher Stowe is […]

  • History Happy Hour

    See the changing exhibit: The Freedom Riders closes on March 20. Talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.

  • Art-i-facts Spring (Mar-Apr) 2019

    Pick up a print copy of Art-i-facts at the Central Florida Visitor’s Center on Hwy 27 in Davenport, or at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, RP Funding Center, Lake Wales Arts Center, Theatre Winter Haven, Public Libraries, Chambers of Commerce and various arts and cultural venues around Polk County. Enjoy the online full-screen edition […]

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage Sponsorship Information and Timeline

    To apply for a sponsorship, applicants must attend one of the two sponsorship workshops at the Visit Central Florida Office in the Lake Myrtle Complex, Auburndale. February 22, 2019; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (noon) – Application workshop at VCF Office (Morning Session) March 20, 2019; 5:30-7:30 PM – Application workshop at VCF Office (Evening Session) Please […]

  • “Nunsense 2: The Second Coming” opens Mar 8-17, 2019 • Twice the Nun, All the Fun!

    SHOW INFO & TICKETS: TheatreWorksFL.org  DAVENPORT, FL (Jan 1, 2019) – TheatreWorks Florida opened their 2018-19 season with the internationally acclaimed musical comedy hit, Nunsense, and are now preparing for the return of “The Little Sisters of Hoboken” in the hysterical musical sequel, Nunsense 2: The Second Coming. The production will open March 8-17, 2019 […]

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Reflections

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News

2014 Nov-Dec Art-i-facts Cover

Art-i-facts Magazine: Holiday 2014 (Nov-Dec)

The print edition of the Holiday 2014 (Nov-Dec) issue of Art-i-facts Magazine has been delivered and is available at Polk Museum of Art, The Lakeland Center, Theatre Winter Haven, Outpost 27, Chambers of Commerce in Lakeland, Lake Wales, Bartow, Winter Haven and Frostproof. Delivery continues to the public libraries in Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland (Lake Morton) and Lake Wales; arts […]

Richard Powers Honored as Inaugural Polk Artist Hall of Fame Inductee

The Polk Arts Alliance recognized and honored 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 […]

Meri Mass

PAA Executive Director selected to attend Arts Executive Leadership Forum

Bartow, Florida – Meri Mass, Executive Director of the Polk Arts Alliance, has been selected to represent Polk County and participate in the intensive 2014 Americans for the Arts Local Arts Advancement Executive Leadership Forum at Sundance Resort and Preserve in Utah September 16 – 20th. A select cohort of 21 arts agency leaders from […]

Zora Neale Hurston

History Center Book Club

August 5 and August 12, 12:15 – 1 p.m.: Book Club Bring your lunch and join the History Center for Book Club. In August, you will have an opportunity to participate in a reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s unpublished play, “Polk County.” This comedy takes place in the sawmill camp of Lofton Lumber Company.  When […]

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