January Happenings at the History Center

 Journey through Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. Family FunDay is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. Families celebrate Polk County’s citrus heritage with a citrus-themed craft. The History Center is also hosting a special Family FunDay at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in celebration of the dedication of […]

Jim Stafford Evening of Comedy & Song, and this one is on him.

Jim Stafford

Come enjoy an evening of comedy and song with hometown boy, JIM STAFFORD, this one’s on him.  Jim will perform LIVE at The Ritz Theatre Saturday, January 11 at 7pm.  This is Jim’s way to say THANK YOU for your support throughout his career. Tickets are free donations will be graciously accepted to support installation […]

Bok Tower Gardens Celebrates 85th Anniversary February 1

Bok Tower Door

Bok Tower Gardens commemorates its 85th anniversary with free admission and a special Dedication Day ceremony on Saturday, February 1 with former U.S. Senator Bob Graham. “Your Story Is Our Story” is the theme of the day’s event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The National Historic Landmark was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, […]

Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition To Show Winning Works in 3 Cities

On Lemon Street in Lakeland, Jerzy Kedziora's "Feng Shui" of coldcast bronze is suspended between the trees.

14th Annual Exhibition to Feature Art in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Sebring LAKELAND ― Polk Museum of Art and the Cities of Winter Haven, Lakeland and Sebring are pleased to announce the selection of 26 new sculptures that will be displayed in downtown parks as part of the 14th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The […]

88th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower Gardens April 20

Easter Sunrise Service, Scott Banks, 2010

A longstanding tradition, Bok Tower Gardens will present its 88th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20 at 7 a.m. with free admission from 6 to 8 a.m. More than 2,000 visitors are expected to attend the service as the early morning mist clears and the sun rises atop Iron Mountain. Handicapped parking, shuttle […]

May Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

Dan Gunderson, "Iron Man," 2013, digital photograph

EXHIBITIONS Site Specifics: Works by Dan Gunderson & Barbara Sorensen Through June 8 This exhibition will include installations by two Central Florida artists, Dan Gunderson of Deland and Barbara Sorensen of Winter Park. Working collaboratively, these two artists will transform the Museum with their site-specific installations that will provide visitors an opportunity to experience art […]

Community Stakeholders Meeting – The Economic Impact of Creative Industries: Full S.T.E.(A)M. Ahead!

Polk Arts Alliance presents Community Stakeholders Meeting on May 7 hosted by Southeastern University. Sponsored by Grasslands, Peterson & Myers, P.A. and Community Southern Bank. Registration begin at 8:15am. The program begins at 9:00am. The Economic Impact of Creative Industries “Full S.T.E.(A)M. Ahead!” Science, Technology, Engineering, (ARTs) and Math How Creativity Can Impact Community and Business Development and […]

Central Park Stroll Posponed to June 12

The Central Park Stroll and Main Street Winter Haven Art Walk that had been scheduled for May 1 was postponed to June 12. Strong storms were possible Thursday afternoon, and organizers said that posed possible safety issues for artists and guests. The time for the stroll on June 12 will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Source: […]

History Center Book Club

Zora Neale Hurston

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 […]

Free Admission: Museum Day Live! Visit on September 27

Explorations V Children’s Museum and Bok Tower Gardens will offer free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on that day. Tickets are available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. One ticket per is permitted per household per email address. Each ticket is good for admission for two visitors and must be relinquished upon admission to […]

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