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The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization that is open to the public free-of-charge year-round thanks to the generosity of our Museum Members and Partners who support our diverse schedule of exhibitions, public programs, education programs, internships and Permanent Collections. We thank you for your ongoing help to:

  • Serve 140,000 local and global visitors annually.
  • Tour 4,500 4th Graders; and host 9 Kindergarten through 12th grade Student Art Exhibitions each year.
  • Award Spring Break and Summer Art Camp Scholarships to disadvantaged youth in Lakeland and Winter Haven who could not enroll otherwise.
  • Award Teen Art Class Scholarships to those students interested in pursuing art education outside of school and do not have the means to do so.
  • Collaboratively offer masterwork and contemporary fine art exhibitions year-round through our affiliation with Florida Southern College; and house and regularly display the FSC American Figurative Art Collection.
  • Purchase necessary equipment and supplies to update our facilities yearly.

We need your sustained support to continue to offer world-class art exhibitions and programs; award Art Camp and Art Class Scholarships; and purchase critical equipment/supplies needed to improve our facilities. We would greatly appreciate your consideration of making a charitable gift to the Polk Museum of Art today. 

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help advance our mission!

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Join the Museum Today! Enjoy attending our Exhibition Opening Receptions and earning discounts for classes and purchases in The Shop at Polk Museum of Art. Click below for detailed information regarding Membership Levels and Benefits.


There are many ways that you can support us. Mutually beneficial partnerships to supplement the ever-increasing costs of offering quality fine art exhibitions, programs and events are available for individuals, foundations and corporations.

Please review the gift options below and select the supporting partnership level that is most comfortable for you. Partners are recognized via our website, social media platforms, signage and Newsletter unless otherwise directed.

General Fund Support

General Fund Partners donate any amount they choose to support Museum offerings.

Tribute Gifts to Honor a Loved One or Recognize a Special Life Occasion

Tribute Partners donate any amount they choose to honor a person who will be notified.

Matching Gift Programs

Corporations can develop a Matching Gift Program with their employees and designate the Museum as its charitable recipient of donations of $100 and up.

Annual Exhibitions Fund

Delineated gift giving levels to support exhibitions are as follows:

  • Art Enthusiasts ……….……. $100-$1,999
  • Art Devotees ………….….…. $2,000-$4,999
  • Art Aficionados …............. $5,000-$9,999
  • Art Entrepreneurs ........... $10,000-$14,999
  • Art Connoisseurs ............. $15,000-$-$25,000 

Permanent Collection and Conservation Fund

Permanent Collection and Conservation Partners help the Museum maintain its various Collections, make additional acquisitions, photograph and digitize Collection pieces, and upgrade its conservation capabilities. Gift amounts range from $5,000 and up annually.

Program and Events Fund

Program and Event Partners support accompanying exhibition-specific public programs, Gallery Talks, Film Series, Annual Gala, Mayfaire by-the-Lake or other events yearly. Gift amounts range from $7,500 and up to underwrite increasing program and event costs.

Art Education Fund

Art Education Partners help sustain offering low-cost classes, workshops and Art Camps for children and families. Gift amounts range from $5,000 and up to support Certified Art Teachers’ stipends, art supplies and other educational expenses.                                                                                                           

Art Education Fund

Naming Gifts

Naming Gift Partners donate $10,000 and up to support naming an exhibition or program in recognition of a person, foundation or corporation. These gifts can be pooled among partners of a family/business who contribute a minimum of $5,000 each.    

Passion Leader Endowment Fund

Passion Leader Endowment Partners can establish a perpetual fund to sustain any Museum program, project or position they choose with a gift of $25,000 and up. Endowments may be named. Interest on the principle is used annually as directed.

Strategic Business Partners

Strategic Business Partners donate $50,000 and up to support free admission to the Museum year-round, exhibitions, programs or events as designated by the Partner. Naming opportunities in recognition of a family, corporation or foundation are available.    

Art Angel Legacy Gifts

Art Angel Legacy Partners can make an eternal impact on the Museum’s mission through a variety of planned gifts such as appreciated stocks and securities, or naming the Polk Museum as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy, 401(k) plan, IRA, bequest, or charitable remainder trust. Legacy Partners should consult their attorneys and tax advisors to develop the most advantageous planned gift and receive significant tax benefits. Legacy Gifts may be named and/or designated to support a specific Fund.  

 Polk Museum of Art is a qualified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with a federal identification number of 59-1226011. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

To inquire about partnerships or other gift-giving options, please contact:

Suzanne Grossberg
Director of Arts Advancement
863-688-7743 x298

Partnership contributions are payable to:

Polk Museum of Art
800 East Palmetto Street
Lakeland, FL 33801