Polk Museum of Art is not just a building in Lakeland, Florida. Part of our mission is to serve communities throughout central Florida. We exhibit sculptures in downtown Lakeland, Bartow, Sebring and Winter Haven, and soon we will bring sculptures to Bonita Springs. Our outreach programs serve Lake Wales, Auburndale, Plant City, Winter Haven and other locations beyond the Museum walls. No other art museum in our region matches the breadth and depth of direct services to a broader geographic area.

Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Plant City & Winter Haven

Family Art Workshops

Each month participants learn a unique technique or project from a local artist or arts instructor. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 


Winter Haven

Chain O' Lakes Complex

Summer Art Camp is a two-week session of all day art classes offered to children ages 7-13.

Ridge Career Center

The Teen Parent Program is grant-funded, and it provides young mothers an outlet to express themselves creatively and to create keepsakes for their children, to document their experience in hopes of enhancing their attitudes about themselves and their future.

Family Art Workshops

Each month participants learn a unique technique or project from a local artist or arts instructor. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

Outer Space

Outer Space is a contemporary art gallery and resident artist studio in Winter Haven. It was founded as a partnership between the Polk Museum of Art, Arts Ensemble and Polk State College as a place for arts education, exhibition, and creation. Resident artists Trent Manning (Winter Haven, FL) and Adam Justice (Lakeland, FL) are also co-curators of the gallery space, working closely with regional artists and collectors to manage a diverse exhibition schedule. Outer Space is currently in the preliminary stages of establishing an internship program for art students attending Polk State College. The internships will be designed to offer experience in portfolio development and curatorial practice. 
More information HERE.

Winter Haven Sculpture Invitational

March 2016 – January 2017

With the help of the the Polk Museum of Art, the City of Winter Haven is hosting a special outdoor sculpture invitational, which includes new works by sculptors Hanna Jubran (Greenville, NC), Bruce Niemi (Kenosha, WI) and Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC). The sculptures can be found at 5th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880.

 
 

Polk Museum of Art's Outreach Instructor reading to children

Polk Museum of Art's Outreach Instructor reading to children

Lakeland

Lighthouse Ministries and Salvation Army

Creative Play Preschool Program is designed to serve the needs of three, four and five year-olds attending homeless daycare centers at both locations. This program has been developed to provide an art-based learning approach to literacy and prepare preschoolers for entering the public school system. 

Parker Street 

Parker Street Summer Program is a grant-funded program offering daily art classes during Parker Street Ministries Summer Camp to approximately 100 at-risk youth. Parker Street Teen Program is a grant-funded program offering weekly Friday art classes to approximately 20 at-risk middle school students enrolled at Parker Street Ministries' After School Enrichment Program. The Parker Street After School Program is another grant-funded program offering weekly art classes to roughly 80 K-4th grade students. 

Traviss Career Center

The Teen Parent Program is grant-funded, and it provides young mothers an outlet to express themselves creatively and to create keepsakes for their children, to document their experience in hopes of enhancing their attitudes about themselves and their future.


Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Since 2000, the Polk Museum of Art has worked with our region's cities to organize annual exhibitions of outdoor sculptures in public spaces. This year, the Cities of Lakeland, Sebring and Bonita Springs are participating in the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. 

16th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition

March 2016 through January 2017

Sculptures submitted for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition are rated and selected by a committee of city representatives, the Polk Museum of Art staff and community members. Chosen sculptures are divided among the three participating cities and displayed for a year. This year, those sculptures exhibited in Lakeland will be reviewed and awarded by an independent judge. Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards will be determined by that judge. 

Sculpture installed in Central Park in Winter Haven.