Summer Fun Days: Saturdays thru Aug 10

Special guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations, artifact discovery, tours with the curator, art projects, storytelling, fun snacks, dress up activities for the whole family are offered on Saturdays throughout the summer with all kinds of different history themes. Sponsored by Florida’s Natural Growers. Free to the public.

Building an Icon: Building Bok Tower Singing Carillon

Exhibit by Bok Tower Gardens now thru Aug 24. Learn about the ways that people worked on the Singing Tower from Edward Bok’s initial vision to its design and construction, from the foundation to its crowning herons.

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.

Vet Voices: 2nd Highlights Presentation

“VET VOICES”: Highlights Presentation #2 • SAT JAN 19, 2019 at 2PM • FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! TheatreWorks Florida and the veterans of “Vet Voices” proudly invite you to a FREE public presentation of inspirational theatrical work created entirely by the vets themselves during their second 10-week session of workshops. Come share stories […]

Vet Voices: 2nd Highlights Presentation – Free!

“VET VOICES”: Highlights Presentation #2 • SAT JAN 19, 2019 at 2PM • FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! TheatreWorks Florida and the veterans of “Vet Voices” proudly invite you to a FREE public presentation of inspirational theatrical work created entirely by the vets themselves during their second 10-week session of workshops. Come share stories […]

Holiday History Happy Hour

On December 13th, be one of the first to see the new Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy exhibit. Talk to our curator, enjoy live music, holiday history trivia, complimentary food. Donation cash bar with fine wines and craft beer.

Earth, Wind & Fire

“Earth, Wind, and Fire” features new artwork from all grade levels on exhibit from October 18, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Please stop by the office before you visit the gallery.

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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