Access Art: Special Needs

The group meets for the talk and tour at 11:00 am on the 1st Saturday of every month unless it falls on a holiday weekend. After the tour the group meets at Kelly Recreation Center to make art inspired by the museum visit. This program invites individuals with special needs and varying exceptionalities to meet […]

Across a Barrier of Fear: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

A one-woman performance starring Jane VanBoskirk. Tickets are $15. Please contact American Association of University Women of Lake Wales at 863-678-1349 for ticket information.

Cracker Culture: Florida Pioneer Dinner & Swamp Cabbage

Bok Food

Jan 30, 6-8pm. Learn about Florida history and enjoy a traditional “cracker” meal. Florida pioneer Clayton Woodard demonstrates how to harvest and prepare a uniquely native Florida dish made from our state tree: Swamp Cabbage. Chef Fulwood creates a traditional meal featuring swamp cabbage and dishes from our delicious past. Meal served with iced water, […]

Dark Sky Party

Bok Harmony Dark Sky Party

Jan 25, 4-10pm. Learn about the night sky with astronomers, meet animals who survive in the dark, and enjoy a special astronomy inspired carillon concert. Included with general admission, free for members. See schedule of events on Bok Tower Gardens website.

Democratic Dialogues

The series takes place on the third Tuesday every month from 12 to 1pm. Democratic Dialogues is a monthly speaker series that seeks to highlight subjects from US democracy and to help encourage community discussion and create an engaged voter base in Polk County. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch! Please Contact Abigail […]

19th Amendment Centennial Celebration

Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at the Polk County History Center on January 9 & 10 at 6pm and January 11 at 2pm. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has its 100th anniversary in 2020. This landmark amendment guaranteed a woman’s right to vote. In collaboration with the League of Women […]

Point of View Gallery Talk

Second Friday of each month from Noon-1pm, join the Chief Curator of the Museum or a special guest for an in depth overview of one of the current exhibitions. Sept 13 – Dr. H. Alexander Rich Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens Oct 11 – Holly Scoggins Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism […]

Architectural Tour

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Join the Polk County History Center on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 11am for an architectural tour. Learn about the neoclassical architecture, the construction of the building, and stories behind the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse.

Christmas Concert

On December 7 @ 7:30pm in Bush Chapel, enjoy yuletide sounds brought to you by an accomplished assemblage of Southeastern University students and faculty.

Festival of Wreaths

The colorful and unique wreaths fill the halls of the History Center through Dec. 13. The wreaths, decorated and donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations, are available for purchase through an online silent auction with proceeds benefiting History Center programming. Bids are accepted online until 5pm, Dec 12 at www.polkhistorycenter.org.

Polk Arts Alliance

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