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Polk Museum of Art

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A Life in Vibrant Color
July 3 - September 26
Organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones
Pierre-Noël Trust, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Sponsored by: ALPI and Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc.

Additional Support by: Blackmon-Roberts Group

Located on Lake Morton behind Lakeland Public Library. Summer Hours: Tue. - Sat. 10AM - 4PM. Closed Sun. & Mon.
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Contents Volume 12 Number 3

Cultural Arts Council

Member Organizations:
Arts & Education.......................................... Page 3
Bok Tower Gardens..................................... Page 26
Arts on the Park
Calendar of Events...................................Page 14-15
Cultural Arts Council Directory & Map............... Page 13
The Bach Festival of Central Florida
Explorations V Children’s Museum.................... Page 24
Bartow Art Guild Florida Dance Theatre................................... Page 7
Bok Tower Gardens Frostproof Art League.................................. Page 11
Davenport School of the Arts Haines City Community Theatre...................... Page 27
Explorations V Children’s Museum Harrison School for the Arts........................... Page 16
The Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n Fun Historic Lakeland....................................... Page 19
Florida Dance Theatre Imperial Symphony Orchestra......................... Page 17
Lakeland Community Theatre......................... Page 23 Page 7
Florida Southern College
Frostproof Artist’s League & Gallery
Lake Wales Arts Center.................................. Page 6
Lake Wales Little Theatre............................. Page 11
Haines City Community Theatre, Inc.
Platform Art............................................... Page 8
Historical Lake Wales Society Polk Arts Alliance........................................ Page 12
Historical Society of Fort Meade Polk County Hall of Fame.............................. Page 27
Imperial Symphony Orchestra Polk County Historical Museum....................... Page 22
Lakeland Art Guild Polk County Tax Collector - Kids Tag Art............. Page 25
Lakeland Choral Society Polk Museum of Art..................................... Page 18
Lakeland Community Theatre Polk State College........................................ Page 9
Lake Wales Arts Council Polk Theatre............................................. Page 21
Race For The Arts....................................... Page 28 Page 22
Lake Wales Little Theatre
Ridge Art Association................................... Page 20
Lois Cowles Harrison Center
For The Visual & Performing Arts Southeastern University................................ Page 10
Theatre Winter Haven................................. Page 4-5
Platform ART
Polk County Historical Museum
Polk Museum of Art
Polk State College A Publication of the Polk Arts Alliance

Polk Theatre
Ridge Art Association
Ridge Music Teachers Association
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Ridge Woodcarvers Club
Rochelle School of the Arts
Southeastern University
Symphony Guild of Winter Haven
Theatre Winter Haven
The Lakeland Center
The Tuesday Music Club
Warner Southern College

For information on the Cultural Arts

Council call the *Council President: Page 11
863-834-8111; #5.
(*Mike LaPan - The Lakeland Center)

Front Cover: From the exhibition

Loïs Mailou Jones - A Life In Vibrant
Color on display at the Polk Museum
of Art July 3-September 26.
See Page 18 and Inside Front Cover. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of
Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, The Central Florida Visitors Bureau
and the National Endowment for the Arts
Back Cover:
(top left) Platform Art. Page 9
(bottom left) Explorations V
Children’s Museum.
(right) Florida Dance Theatre. Art-i-facts • A Publication of the Polk Arts Alliance
from the desk of the
Arts and Culture in Polk County is exploding with enticing opportunities!
Board of Directors Polk Arts Alliance (PAA) currently represents thirty-five plus member organizations in eight beautiful cities of our
booming Polk County. Our Director Meri Mass and board of directors are identifying potential new member organizations
to broaden our collaboration opportunities and increase exposure for each organization member. If you are a cultural
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE arts organization based in Polk County and we haven’t talked with you about membership, now is the best time to
Cindy Hartley Ross
jump in with both feet and eyes wide open! PAA promotes each organization in this engaging Artifacts Magazine,
CINDY HARTLEY ROSS including your calendar (p. 14), Cultural Arts directory and map (p. 13) and an opportunity to purchase additional ad space. Additionally
President featuring your organization on our web site (www.polk, and with a link to your site. Also, PAA has its link on numerous other
entertainment, tourism, and county web sites to promote arts and culture in Polk County. Our ambitious PAA Board of Directors and Cultural
MANDY SANDERS Arts Council exist to promote the Arts in Polk County. Please join us as a supporter of the arts or as an arts organization (p.12). YOU want to
Treasurer be on THE MAP!
Polk County has no shortage of talent! Recently I attended the Polk State College
CYNTHIA HAFFEY Graduation and had the privilege of meeting PSC Distinguished Alum Mr. Marc Durso (p. 9).
Secretary Marc was introduced to Drama and Theatre by his former PSC professor Mr. George Randolph
and he attributes his successful career to him. In honor of Professor Randolph, Marc has
MIKE LaPAN started a scholarship at PSC. Marc taught a Theatre Workshop at PSC in December and
CAB President plans to offer another class in the Hagen Process to benefit the scholarship. His family
JANE PATTON lived in Lake Wales where his father was Executive Director of the Lake Wales Chamber
Member-at-Large & and his mother still lives there today. Pictured are PSC President Dr. Eileen Holden, Marc
Durso, myself, Cindy Ross (PSC Alumni President and Trustee) and Lakeland Mayor Gow
Immediate Past-President
Fields who was the commencement speaker and a PSC Distinguished Alum as well.
Congratulations to Lake Wales Arts Center on the arrival of their new Executive Director
DIRECTORS Karl W. Hesser (p.6). At our recent PAA Board meeting, we enjoyed learning about Karl’s
extensive experience in the arts as well as his understanding of marketing and collaborating
BONNIE ALLEN to gain more awareness of our broad array of arts offerings in Polk County and how important the cultural arts truly are economically to a
ROBERT CLANCEY The past couple of months I had opportunities to enjoy arts & culture in Polk County as I attended various events. I found that experiencing
the arts in Winter Haven is as convenient as driving through the beautiful downtown and viewing the magnificent 10 outdoor sculptures in
DAN CLARK cooperation with the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Internationally Acclaimed Violinist Lemay Olano-James (p.9) may be heard
LISA KAISER HICKEY performing in various venues such as in Lakeland overlooking lovely Lake Mirror at a VIP reception for the Alliance for Independence or at
NANCY HALE HOYT Polk State College on the Winter Haven campus where I had the opportunity to visit with him. Lake Wales Arts Center benefited and I
delighted in an evening at breath-taking Historic Bok Tower Gardens, Pinewood Estate, a 1930’s Mediterranean-style mansion built as a
LEN JORDAN winter home for C. Austin Buck an early 20th century industrialist and V.P. of Bethlehem Steel. Pinewood Estate is listed on the National
TRISH PFEIFFER Register of Historic Places (p.26).
CINDY RODRIGUEZ As many of you know, I could go on and on sharing about my personal arts & culture experiences over the last couple of months here in
SUZETTE WELLING Polk County, because they are so abundant. I hope that you will enjoy reading about the myriad of talents and opportunities and plan to
support the arts in your own special way.
Cindy Hartley Ross
County Commissioner
DR. GAIL McKINZIE Judy Barger Memorial
School Board of Polk County Judy Barger was a true gem and a leader of the arts in Polk County. Judy started her arts career in Janu-
ary of 1987 when she was hired by the Polk Museum of Art as the Executive Assistant to the Director. She
worked at the Museum for the next twenty years and progressed up the ladder to Director of Development,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR twice serving as Interim Director at the request of the Board (1994 and again in 1995). At the time of her
retirement in January 2007, she was the Museum’s Deputy Director.
MERI MASS Judy and I became fast friends and colleagues upon my arrival in 1996, and she became one of my best
and most trusted friends. She supported the work of the Polk Museum of Art with all her actions, her in-
Judy Barger credible work ethic, and values. She was a model to many and, even in her absence, inspires me to this day. I
remember, in my early years here, driving to Tallahassee with Judy at the wheel on our way to attend the
Art Resource Council Florida Arts Council meetings. She taught me how to drive in Florida, as we went through the Green Swamp on our way towards Web-
ster and I-75, with little regard for the speed limits, but always safely. She was a wiz at grant writing and timely follow-up with the many
SUE BENTLEY reports requested by the State.
Chair Judy’s infectious laughter, and her window rattling sneezes, were well known to all who worked with her. She was a major force in
the founding of the Cultural Arts Board, serving as its first and second president, and continuing as a Board member in later years.
REBECCA BRANDON Judy facilitated the Museum’s successful American Association of Museums reaccreditation process in 1999 and after her retire-
ment, she assisted with our 10-year subsequent accreditation application. Judy was elected to the Museum’s Board of Trustees in June
ANDY HERNANDEZ 2008 and was warmly welcomed onto the Board. Her tireless efforts also saw through the completion of a museum history book,
DR. EILEEN HOLDEN PMoA@43, after years of work by a volunteer committee.
DR. ANNE KERR My last visit with Judy was in the hospital after she had experienced a bad fall. I was worried but found her alert. We had a great
talk about the Museum and life, and we laughed together for the last time. She offered to resign from the Board of Trustees, worried
BRIAN KIER about her duties and responsibilities, as always. I assured her that was not necessary and that I wouldn’t take it if offered. Judy passed
DOUG SMALL away just a few days after that visit. She was and is a big part of the 44-year history of the Polk Museum of Art and the progress we have
made in our growth and service. I still sometimes find myself talking to her through the wall dividing our offices, as we often did.
EDIE YATES Occasionally I visit her desk and give my thanks for having been privileged enough to know Judy, be inspired by her, and count her
NIV BEN YEHUDA amongst my friends.

Daniel E. Stetson
Executive Director, Polk Museum of Art

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Arts In Education
Arts In Education


Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder presents the Polk County School Board a check for over $15,000 that was
raised through his department’s Kids Tag Art for 5th grade art classes and generous sponsors. The idea was that
of Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder in 2002 and the program has been adopted by at least 3 other counties
in the state to help buy art supplies. Pictured from left to right are Martha Roe Burke, KTA Chairwoman, PCTCO;
Suzann Copeland, Polk Education Foundation; Kevin Jones and step-daughter Anna, Mid Florida Credit Union;
Kay Fields, Chairwoman, PCSB; Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector; Cynthia Windham, PCTCO; Sherri Provan, Douglass
Screen Printers; Meri Mass, Executive Director, Polk Arts Alliance; Cindy Ross, President, Polk Arts Alliance.

Harrison School Artist Work to Hang in Washington, D.C.

Alexa Jo Udermann, a senior at Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, was given the
Congressional Award in the Creative Youth 12th Congressional District Art Competition. She received $125 for
her drawing, “Reflected Rumination,” and the satisfaction of seeing it sent off to Washington, where it will be
displayed in the U.S. Capitol as part of a yearlong exhibition of works by students from across the country.
The competition is sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. Each of the country’s 454 congressional
districts organizes its own competition, and the winners in each district are sent on to Washington.
In Polk County, the 12th Congressional District competition is a cooperative effort between the office of
U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (R, Bartow), the Polk County School District and the Polk Museum of Art.
Also from Harrison, sixteen-year-old Derik Thomas, a sophomore at the Harrison School for the Visual
and Performing Arts, had the winning entry in Earth Day Network’s Song for the Earth contest, entitled
“The Brightest Light,” by Earth Day Network, which organized international Earth Day.

2010 FAAE State Leadership Summit Comes to Lakeland

2010 FAAE State Leadership Summit - Arts Achieve: 67 Pathways to Success - June 17-19, 2010. Join
the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, arts education leaders and advocates from 67 Florida Counties. Learn
about state and national issues and trends, research and opportunites. Network with educators, community
leaders, artists, school administrators and legislative leaders. Sessions include: Arts Achieve! Model School
Awards, Leadership Awards, updates from the Florida Department of Education and Department of State,
Division of Cultural Affairs. Featured Speakers: ERIC SMITH, Florida Commissioner of Education on Friday,
June 18, at Harrison School for the Arts. He has held administration positions in Florida, Virginia, North
Carolina, and Maryland. His goals have remained constant: to increase academic achievement of all students and to reduce
disparity in achievement. DERRICK ASHONG (aka DNA) musician and activist, featured on Oprah Radio, he is committed to
building bridges between business, media, technology and youth culture; empowering youth; and to bring music and media
to a global market. Register at Full schedule at

Kennedy Center Honored the

Polk County Public Schools as “Excellence In The Arts”
The Kennedy Center’s recipient of the 21st Annual Award Recognizing Outstanding School Board Support of the Arts was given to our very own POLK
COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS in 2009. “The Board’s commitment to the arts has truly made them a model for arts education in Florida and throughout
“The Kennedy Center recognition serves as an affirmation of the importance of the arts in Polk County Schools. The arts must be a part of the
complete education of all young people. The Kennedy Center and the national School Board Association recognized this in our school district.
I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work for Polk County Schools for over 39 years and in recent years, to have enjoyed the support of
a school board and superintendent that serve as advocates for arts education during the toughest of economic times. Our fine art teachers are to

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message from the
Executive Director
It’s been a very active spring for the
cultural arts in Polk County and the Polk
Arts Alliance. The 4th Annual Race for the THEATRE WINTER HAVEN ACADEMY
Arts in collaboration with the Bartow presents
Bloomin’ Arts Fest on March 6th was a
success (despite the 38 degree weather)
The Musical
thanks to our race Chair, Commissioner
Bob English, our board volunteers who MAY 21- MAY 23
braved the cold; Nancy Hoyt, Mike LePan, Come see some of Twain’s most endearing characters come to life on our
Jane Patton and PAA President Cindy main stage. Life was simpler in those days ... but the situations and lessons
Meri Mass Ross (they all made the race possible learned are timeless. Great fun for the entire family.
and thank you for hanging in with the Co-Produced by The Rolf Jaehnigen Family.
newbee, me!) and all our volunteers and sponsors (see page Tickets $7 Adults and $5 Students (17 & under).
Call 294-7469 (SHOW) or go online to
28). PAA is now on to planning the 5th Annual Race for the Arts
in 2011!
I attended Arts Day in Tallahassee in March with our
passionate Ambassador for the Arts, Dan Stetson, (Executive Special Event
Director of the PMoA) visiting our state representatives and
advocating the need to support funding the arts. It’s a daunting
One Performance Only
task but fulfilling to be there and speak on behalf of all the arts
in Polk County. State funding for the arts has dropped 92% over JUNE 20 at 2:30 PM
5 years. Florida has gone from ranking #2 in per capita state BLEND is an a cappella group bringing back those fun-loving memories
appropriations funding to ranking 49th! What is going on? Please with music from the 50’s & 60’s all with a twist of fun! You’ll be amazed
visit our website for more information. as these four young men take the stage to present non-stop family entertain-
On a brighter note, during this week, it was endearing to ment from the start of their show till the end. They will perform hits such
as “Blue Moon,” “My Girl,” and “I Wonder Why,” finishing the show with
attend the state’s acknowledgement and award to Sarah D. good ole’ Southern Gospel.
McKay with the Great Floridian Award for her philanthropy,
Tickets $18 for Subscribers and $20 for General Public.
leadership in education, involvement in civic organizations,
Check out a YouTube clip of the group
generosity, and support of the arts in Polk County. I was proud on our website -
to be from Polk County at this event and was impressed with Call 294-7469 (SHOW) for tickets or go to our website.
the respect and acknowledgement by both Governor Crist and ************************************************
Secretary of State Kurt Browning as they presented the awards THEATRE WINTER HAVEN
that evening to all the recipients. It was clear that it was im- presents
portant to THEM. I was most impressed with the representation
in support of Mrs. McKay from Polk County, including Dr. Ann THE GREAT AMERICAN
Kerr, Dr. Rob Tate, our state Representative Seth McKeel, Com- TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
missioner Randy Wilkinson, many Polk County citizens (and of JUNE 26 at 7:30 PM & JUNE 27 at 2:30 PM
course Dan Stetson who is everywhere supporting the arts!). It There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres - and she’s wreaking havoc all over
was both exhilarating and exhausting. Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, “the stripper on the run,”
And now, going forward, PAA has a lot of work to do. I’m comes between the Dr. Phil lovin’, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth
collector husband - the storms begin to brew.
in the process of creating a Cultural Arts Interactive Map of all
Tickets - $20 Subscribers & $22 General Public.
the arts in Polk County that will be on the web, our member Call 294-7469 or go online to
web sites and DVD for Chambers and TDC to utilize; inducting “The joint is jammed and jumping. Lots of raucous laughter is shaking the walls.
a Corporate Partners section for our “Arts Mean Business” part- This deliciously dirty new musical is delighting audiences. The show is a little like
ners who understand the importance of supporting the arts for “The Honeymooners” meet “The Best Little Whorehouse!”
....... Liz Smith, The New York Post
economic development; expanding Art-i-facts to showcasing the ************************************************
incredible talent Polk County has in its Artists, Arts Educators,
Performing Arts Schools and everything unique to the arts in RENT
Polk County. Is Finally Coming! Theatre Winter Haven Summer Mummer’s Musical
The coastal communities have the beaches, we (Polk Coun- JULY 23 - AUGUST 8
ty) have a deep historic and cultural arts foundation that’s the Inspired by Puccini’s opera La Boheme, RENT is a rock musical that tells
best kept secret in Florida. I keep hearing that and I’m working the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling
to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of
to change it!
Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. Auditions are May
30 at 2 PM & May 31 at 7 PM. Co-Produced by Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cassell
Meri Mass
and Marilyn Riggs.
Executive Director, Polk Arts Alliance Tickets $20 Adults & $15 Special Student Rate.
Call 294-7469 (SHOW) or go online to

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Seasons of Love...
mugged, junkies, exotic dancers, riots, street protests, rent

And that’s in the first Act …

A list of reasons the incredible success of RENT has been
offered by the many. Here they go:

• it’s a rock musical

• it’s based on a popular Puccini opera, La Boheme
• the composer died the night before it opened on Broadway
So, we read that PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just passed
• its composer “wanted to bring a musical to the MTV
the 9,000 Broadway performance mark. The musical has per-
formed professionally in over 149 cities, run 24 years in New
• it created an amazing interest in theatre among young
York, 16 years in Japan, and the city of Las Vegas even built a
theatre to house the show. Overall, it’s made a ga-billion dollars
• its basic theme is “anti-establishment
for its composer, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
• the subject matter is about suffering

It’s a musical. •

the music is just plain cool
the show was the first to add day-of-performance $20
Every one of the top dozen plus Broadway hits of history tickets for students
have all been musicals. The list in order: • the run created a gaggle of fans who call themselves
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA • it was called the “HAIR” for the 90’s, a counter-culture
CATS mortar round for both
LES MISERABLES • the movie version brought it to millions more
A CHORUS LINE • The show’s director went on to direct the next Pulitzer
OH CALCUTTA prize-winning musical - NEXT TO NORMAL.
CHICAGO (still running) • or, as one young teen said: “I don’t know why, I just like it”
LION KING (still running) Overall, none of this really matters. What does matter is that
RENT any good theatre is worth doing good theatre. Hope you saw it.
MISS SAIGON Hope you liked it.
MAMMA MIA (still running) Theatre Winter Haven’s production runs July 23-Aug 8. A
42ND STREET special 15 for 15 ticket price will be implemented. No one below
GREASE the age of 15 will be admitted without an adult, however, any
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF student 15 or above will be admitted for the special reduced
price of $15. Adult tickets are $20. Box office is 294 SHOW
It isn’t until you get to show number 15, LIFE WITH FA- (7469) or
THER (that closed in 1947!), that you get to play without a THE PRODUCTION HAS LANGUAGE AND THEMES
song. THAT SOME MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. Others may just find it
Theatre Winter Haven has produced every one of the above necessary.
musicals that have been allowed by the publishers (we antici- As one of the characters says: “ I’m more man than you’ll
pate global warming to kill off our species before the rights to ever be ... and more woman than you’ll ever get!”,
PHANTOM are granted to community theatres…). In July and
Norman Small
August of 2010 we will have produced winning musical number
9--RENT, with its 5,124 Broadway performances.
We wondered just what it was that gave this funky musical
its appeal, one that not only generated 12 years Broadway run-
ning but captured both the Tony award for Best Musical and the
Pulitzer prize for drama – an occurrence known only four other
times (even FIDDLER ON THE ROOF wasn’t able to do that).
The show’s got homosexuals, bisexuals, drag queens,
people dying of aids, characters who can’t get enough food, Chain O’Lakes Complex • 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. • Winter Haven, FL 33880
Administrative Offices: 299-2672 • Box Office: 294-SHOW • Fax: 291-3299
characters who can’t get enough love, characters who have been •

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at the Lake Wales Arts Center
ArtsCamp! for ages 6-15 returns massive glass structures produce a unique inter-
play of light, color, shape and texture that have
Do You Like to Sing?
to the Lake Wales Arts Center for four weeks Watch for announcements for the next meet-
this summer, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. intrigued and entranced adults and students
ings of the Lake Wales Chorale and the Lake
The popular program will offer a variety of arts around the world.
Wales Youth Chorale. New members are always
classes covering visual arts, music, theatre and welcome! The Lake Wales Chorale, under the
dance. Students will be able to participate in direction of Robert Wilson, is made up of adult
up to four classes per day. Some classes will be New Executive Director voices, singing several concerts a year. The
available in a one-week period; some require The Lake Wales Arts Lake Wales Youth Chorale, under the direction
students to commit to the full two weeks. The Council has appointed of Cathy Montero, is a traditional children’s
first session of classes will be from June 19 Karl W Hesser as the choir with students from ages 7 to 18 from all
through July 2. The second session will be July new Executive Direc- parts of Polk County. Call the Lake Wales Arts
12 through July 23. tor. Most recently, Center for more information.
Cost for each class will be $30 per student Mr. Hesser was the
per week for members of the Lake Wales Arts Education Director
Council and $35 per student per week for at Sarasota Opera for
The Lake Wales Arts Council is an organization
non-members. Scholarship applications are seven years. Prior to
dedicated to the Arts in our community.
available at the Arts Center. that, he was Director
Our home is the Lake Wales Arts Center which
For more information on the schedule of of Artistic Administra-
is listed on the National Registry of Historic
classes and qualified instructors, please contact tion at Florida Grand
Buildings. The building is located at
the Arts Center (853) 676-8426. Opera in Miami for
1099 State Road 60 East in Lake Wales.
twelve years. He also
has extensive professional experience as an
For additional information, call (863) 676-8426.
Plantando Arboles/Citrus actor, director, writer, lecturer and teacher
both in California and with the US Army Music &
Our web site
The work of internationally acclaimed Ameri- is currently under construction and
Theater Program in Europe.
can glass artist Therman Statom is on exhibit may not have all the current information.
at the Lake Wales Art Center Michael Crews
gallery through mid-summer. Mr. Statom was
born in Winter Haven and his family has long Planning a Special Event?
roots in the community. This installation, titled Lake Wales Arts Center’s beautiful Updike Hall
Plantando Arboles/Citrus, pays tribute to the is available to rent for all events – weddings,
traditions of this region of Florida. Mr. Statom business luncheons, formal dinners – all in a
will be providing outreach educational instruc- picturesque historic building. For rental infor-
tion to youth as well as providing site specific mation, please call the Lake Wales Arts Center
interactive children’s program workshops. The (863) 676-8426.

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a n c
e T h e a t r e
863-802-0399 •
305 West Main • Lakeland, Florida 33815

“Dance Dimensions” FDT’S 16th Season, Busier than ever !

Summer Camp & Program The professional company of Florida Dance Theatre has had a very
exciting season celebrating 16 years of dance innovation, education
Florida Dance Theatre is thrilled to announce their 10 annual th
and inspiration in the heart of Polk County. FDT is continually
Summer Youth Dance Camp which is part of our new “DANCE DI- presenting diverse and stimulating dance programs to audiences
MENSIONS “ program funded by The George W. Jenkins Fund from in the company’s hometown of Lakeland, Florida, as well as to
within The Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland. Through audiences throughout the county, state and beyond.
this program, the camp is FREE to students who qualify for the Free The season opened at the Polk Theatre, with a special showing of
School Lunch Program. During the camp, 30 students on the free the movie, Grease, accompanied by the talented dancers. This fun
school lunch program will be chosen to receive a scholarship for the event is already planned for the fall of 2010. In October “Noche de
2010-2011 season of classes at the Academy of Florida Dance Theatre. Lelolai” included Puerto Rican dances past and present. This program
Florida Dance Theatre, Polk County’s only professional dance is planned for early October and will be even more exciting with the
company and training academy, is inviting boys and girls ages 6-10 to addition of guest artist Iris Chacon. The annual production of “The
an exciting, educational, and fun summer program. Students will par- Nutcracker” was once again a great success and included the Sugar
ticipate in classes including … Ballet, Musical Theatre Jazz, HipHop, Plum Tea. During the holidays they were once again featured in the
Acting, Ethnic Dances, and Art. Bartow Chamber’s “Spirit of the Season.” The rest of the season
included the partnership with All Saints Academy and the season
Now accepting applications for 4 one-week sessions. closer, Innovations Dance V.
Session I – July 12 – July 16 In January, for the first time, the company presented a pro-
Session II – July 19 –July 23 gram in New York City at the APAP convention for arts presenters.
Session III – July 26 – July 30 The exposure to a brand new audience will allow for the company to
Session IV – August 2 – August 6 add more touring around the country and have people take notice of
what’s going on in Lakeland.
• Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
• Participants will need to provide their own bag lunches. Through the year FDT donated their time and talents to the Ameri-
• FDT will provide a morning and an afternoon snack. can Cancer Society, Basic Needs for Life, Florida Southern College,
• Each Friday a short performance is held for student’s family and friends Platform Art, and many other Polk County organizations. FDT also
to show off all that they have learned. provided arts education programs to area public elementary schools.
• SIGN UP NOW! Only 50 slots available per week.
• Slots are available each week for paying students These programs included youth related dance concerts, cultural arts
• Regular Tuition/ $150 per week festivals, and “special” student performances held at the Polk Theatre.
• Students that qualify for the reduced lunch program will receive a reduced rate. Thanks to its many sponsors, FDT continues to provide many other
opportunities to Polk County youth including the annual Summer
For an application and more information call (863) 802-0399  Youth Dance Camp, Publix Super Markets Charities Scholarships, and
(Please be prepared to provide parents’ or guardians’ name, address, phone projects with Lakeland Housing Authority, Family Fundamentals, and
number, first name and age of the child or children applying for the workshop, other children’s organizations.
desired week of participation and financial information including school lunch
certificate.) Florida Dance Theatre is located at 305 W. Main Street, in down-
town Lakeland on the corner of New York and West Main Street. Mailing Ad- We are looking forward to an even more exciting 17th season
dress: P.O. Box 831, Lakeland, FL 33802. as Polk County’s premiere professional dance company!

Need Service hours? Florida Dance Theatre needs you!

Florida Dance Theatre needs high school volunteers, ages 14 and up, for its 10 th annual Summer Youth Dance Camp
which runs July 12 th through August 6 th. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You can have a morning shift from 8:30-1:00 or the afternoon shift from 12:30-5:30. Have a fun time participating
in all the dance and arts classes with the children and help with lunch and other duties. You will also be a part of
the Friday performances for families and friends. All volunteers must be able to sign up for a full week program.
Sign up for one or all 4 weeks. For more information and volunteer application forms call
Florida Dance Theatre at (863) 802-0399 or e mail us at

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P.O. Box 1034 • Lakeland, Florida 33802

Platform Art: Symbolism and Spirituality – October 2, 2010
Congratulations to ANN WILSON, founder of Platform Art Alana Trimmier enchanted us all with the magnificent
On April 9, 2010, Ann Wilson, a founder of Platform Art, was select- range of her voice performing an opera-techno opera
ed to receive the Women of Distinction Award for her contribution to featuring music from Gaetano Donizetti’s “Il dolce
the ARTS, from the National Association of Women Business Owners suono.” There was an added sci-fi twist inspired by
(NAWBO) at their annual dinner. Selected as woman of distinction the movie “The 5th Element”. A delight for the
she is one who “is outstanding in her profession, is a contributing senses, she was dressed in an “out of this world”
member of her business or organization and is an active participant creation by Joette Giardina of The Party People.
in her community,” according to the association.
Ann is truly a beautiful work of art. …PERFORMANCE
Freddie De Jesus
Here are some highlights from Platform Art: Art in Motion #15 was in charge of
Experience Art!!! developing new
…ART Platform’s Art in Motion, alongside company dancers Steven Jeudy, Elijah
Labay, and Artistic Director Carol Erkes. This new work, SHINKANSEN in-
corporated the use of a parachute prop that reflects the innovative use
of air and space as a demostration of the change of climate in Lakeland’s
current developing transportation systems.

Carl Knickerbocker was one of our featured artists. He has turned

his talents to creating “movable art.” His art started out as a car! Graceful and engaging, our mystery trapeze
Namely a Honda Element! Several of his creations, including an art artist Shannon Waller was “Art in Motion” as
car, massive paintings and a short art film, A Dog Goes she surprised the audience with a trapeze per-
From Here To There, were on display at the event. formance from 10 feet above.

Tony Blair had the audience captivated as he used his

speed-painting technique to create works of art. Keep watching our website for more Platform Art
art-party events. For more information visit:

Platform wishes to thank our sponsors:

Curated by Rik Swartzwelder, California film maker, Platform; Art
in Motion featured thought-provoking and entertaining films that in-
cluded Bicycle/Jitensha by Dean Yamada, Ctrl Z by Robert Kibeyson,
Marbles with Thoreau by Melody George and Slow by Kurt Juenne to
name a few. Also interspersed were short animated films by senior
students of The Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida.

Fashion designer
Jennifer Melton was
showing off her fashion ADDITIONAL SPONSORS:
designs made with
organic fabrics.
Urban/Hip Hop, modern clothing with original paintings and poetry
created on fabric, then altered and embellished by hand. Beauty,
movement and creativity on the runway like you had never seen

Our featured band was the Nancye Blair Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro, Gray Robinson Law, Keystone Challenge Fund,
Group with their special brand of smooth The Lakeland Center, LEDC, Lilly O’Toole & Brown LLP, Party People Celebration Company,
Sanoba Law Firm, SCMH Architects, Swan Development Advisors, T & D Electric,
soulful jazz and the party continued on… The Hilda Sutton & William D. Blanton Foundation, Lea Wheeler, D.M.D.

Special Thanks To: Boring Business Systems, Coastal Wine & Spirits, Garden Bistro,
Hall Communications, Newman, Pale Horse Skate Shop, Rainbow Coach, WUSF
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010

999 Avenue H, NE • Winter Haven, FL 33881 • 863-297-1000 •

Talented Polk State College Internationally Acclaimed Violinist Lemay

Students Are Art Show Winners Olano-James Performs for PSC DBOT
The talents of Polk State College’s art students were Internationally acclaimed violinist Lemay Olano-James,
recently recognized during the 2010 Student Art Show and who now lives in Central Florida, recently performed for the
Competition. A variety of high quality artwork was displayed Polk State College District Board of Trustees. Everyone was
and ribbons were awarded on April 23 in various categories. very impressed with his mastery of the electronic violin.
Jack King, Professor of Art at the University of Tampa, judged The Cuban native started studying the violin at the age of
the show. seven inspired by his mother Nerisa James Reid. At a very
young age he became part of the Juvenile Cuban National
H Best of Show went to Molly Sutton of Lakeland for an Symphony Orchestra and was under the direction of musi-
untitled drawing.
cal maestros such as Frank Morales, Iresi Garcia and Allan
H The Visual Arts Society of PSC’s Best of Show was
presented to Chelsea Sargent of Winter Haven for her Taran and the illustrious professor Evelio Tieles at the Amadeo
drawing entitled “Pictures.” Roldan Musical Conservatory in Havana.
H Best of Basketry was won by Jason Heller of Lake Alfred Lemay was honored with several national awards. In 1998,
for “Potato Basket.” he joined the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra playing
H Best of Ceramics was presented to Jonel Filsaime of Winter first violin. He performed nationally and internationally with
Haven for a piece entitled “Hidden Passage.” renowned artists such as Compay Segundo, Omara Portuhondo,
H Best of Design was presented to Jessica Forbes of Winter Ibrain Ferrer and many other well known musicians.
Haven for her piece entitled “If I was a Giant.” The Cuban National Symphony Orchestra gave Lemay the
H Best of Drawing was won by Nathan Seay of Winter opportunity to perform around the world under the direction
Haven for his work called “Two Heads are Better Than of internationally recognized maestros such as Claudio Abado,
One.” Seay also won Best of Painting for “Beanie.” Daniel Barenboy, Francesco Bailey, Leo Broward, among others.
H Best of Photography was presented to Christopher Miller Now in Central Florida, Lemay Olano-James directs the
for a piece entitled “Where the Last Ones Go.” popular group “Pure Strings” performing classical, jazz, and
H Best of Sculpture was won by Joe T. McCay for his work popular music as an individual performer or with his group. He
called “Black I/White Lie.” is part of the Music Department of Polk State College and holds
Awards of Merit: (one for each category) a seat with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.
• Basketry was won by Millie Ray of Lakeland for her
“Parlor Basket.”
• Ceramics went to Hannah Jordon of Lakeland for
“Golden Gecko.”
• Design was presented to Kali Peterson for “Lotus Fire.”
• Drawing was awarded to Sara John of Lakeland for
“Still Life.”
• Painting was won by Syrena Olivo of Davenport for
• Photography was presented to Nicholas Coffman of
Winter Haven for “Destiny.”
• Sculpture was awarded to Sergio Ayala of Auburndale
for “Socrates.”

Polk State College Honors Marc Durso, Actor and Acting Teacher
Marc Durso, an actor and owner of ActTrue, an acting school in south Florida, graduated from Polk State College in 1980. He
received the college’s Distinguished Alumnus Award during its May 7 graduation. He received his bachelor’s degree in art from the
University of South Florida in 1983.
Currently, Durso teaches the Hagen Process of acting to clients all over the world. He conducted an acting workshop in January
at Polk State College. He has instructed students who have starred on Broadway and in prime time TV and in teen sitcoms, American
and Latin soap operas, independent films and national commercials. He has taught acting classes across the country and in Belgium,
Germany and Italy for the United States Armed Forces European Command.
Durso is an associate of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. He
has assisted Broadway directors Alan Arkin, Tony Stevens and Tony Award winners Ann Reinking and Charles Nelson Reilly. Durso is
also a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute, where he studied with Broadway stars Julie Harris, Leonard Frye, Tom Troupe and Jerry
Art-i-facts • A Publication of the Polk Arts Alliance
the best kept secret of Polk County
By La Nita Thomas

Nestled between the crystal waters of Lake Bonny and Lake Holloway and under a sea of palm trees
lies Southeastern University: the best kept secret of Polk County’s ever-growing cultural arts sector.
Southeastern University is a growing liberal arts university in Lakeland, Florida whose performing arts program is a cultural achievement on its own. Opera, improvisational theatre, a nationally broadcast
television show, and theatrical dance are just a few of the many artistic opportunities offered by the university. Many of the performances are produced on the university’s resort-like campus in the beautiful Bush
Chapel or in the state-of-the-art television studio located in Bolin Hall, but the program strives to reach the community of Lakeland and the surrounding suburbs by partnering with local venues such as First
Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida for many of the melodic choral concerts or the Polk Theatre for many theatrical productions and concerts.
“We desire to be a part of the community. There is already a good foundation of cultural arts. We want to help that flourish,” said Associate Professor John Pierce, chair of the Department of Communication
at Southeastern.
To build upon Polk County’s foundation of cultural arts, the performing arts program at Southeastern strives to provide not only wholesome family entertainment but also quality, professional-grade produc-
tions that the community can be proud to sponsor. This is accomplished by serving as the home to many award-winning faculty and adjuncts within the communication and music departments including Lake-
land natives Brian Macke, former teacher of the year from Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland, and Alan Reynolds, President of the Lakeland Community Theatre.
Southeastern also encourages their students to go beyond the walls of the campus to perform in community productions, such as seniors Sarah Alessi and Tiffany Cornwell who were both recently seen
in Lakeland Community Theatre’s productions of Annie and Biloxi Blues. Many students continue to serve within the Lakeland community after graduating from Southeastern. Biloxi Blues was directed by
Southeastern alumnus, Joseph Strickland. Alumna Amanda Gross serves as the video director and editor of Victory Church in Lakeland and Danyale Taylor, a 2009 grad, now works on the technical crew at The
Lakeland Center, a performing arts complex in Lakeland.
Many of the performance groups also reach out to the community including the Southeastern Jazz Band who performs free concerts for the students at McKeel Elementary in Lakeland. Unpland Improv, an
improvisational theatre troupe, performed a charity benefit show for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in November 2009.
“They’re coming here for training, but going back to the community and sharing their gifts,” said Pierce. “That’s what art is all about—connecting with people.”
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college within the university with over 200 students just in performing arts majors such as broadcasting, film, theatre, and music performance in voice, instru-
mental, and piano. Though many of these majors highly differ, students work together to create distinct Southeastern productions such as the student-produced Unpland Improv TV where the Unpland Improv
team performs improvisational games based on audience suggestions with the Jazz Band Combo providing live music while being filmed by broadcasting students. The broadcasting students then edit the foot-
age and produce a 30-minute television show similar to the syndicated Whose Line is it Anyway? to broadcast on Southeastern’s Fire Network.
Each year, students combine their talents and ingenuity to create more activities and productions for the performing arts program. In the 2009-2010 school year alone, Southeastern students created Unpland
Improv TV, a theatrical dance review, and brought back the former group Soul Food: a theatre group that produces a sketch-comedy show written by students. Plans have already begun for the 2010-2011 school
year including benefit concerts featuring nationally known celebrities, more performances of classic theatre productions, and more concerts featuring the talent of students and the conservatory-trained faculty.
All of this only to bring professional and enjoyable performing arts to the communities of Polk County.
“Having a good healthy school system, outside activities, sports, but above all cultural arts is pivotal to a well-rounded community,” said Pierce.

What to look forward to for the 2010-2011 school year: Unpland Improv
Unpland Improv performs twice a semester in Mi Casa Café at South-
Mark Lowry Benefit Concert To accommodate Southeastern’s growing audience, a Saturday eastern University and on the Unpland Improv TV show for South-
Mark Lowry, a Christian comedian, singer, and songwriter, will matinee performance has been added to every show within the eastern’s Fire Network. Café shows do not require a reservation and
perform a benefit concert for Southeastern University on Janu- 2010-2011 season. A Sunday night performance has also been occur at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Unpland Improv TV films in South-
ary 19, 2011 at the Historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida. added to The Fantasticks, Othello, and Sander’s Family Home- eastern’s Bolin Studio at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Reservations for the
Lowry, most commonly known for his work with the southern coming. Traditionally, Southeastern has only offered two evening tv show can be made at
gospel group The Gather Vocal Band and for his comedic parodies performances on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee.
of famous Christian songs, will perform many of his songs and Though not on the main stage, the theatre department also Vocal Performances
stand-up comedy routines for the concert. Mark Lowry became oversees smaller theatre troupes. Soul Food, a Biblically based If you enjoy the sounds of Broadway or powerful, classical op-
involved with Southeastern University by shooting his webcast production of student-written sketches, songs, and videos, will eras, you will enjoy two annual performances by the Department
Saturdays with Mark and Tony in the Bolin Studio. perform their annual show on March 25 and 26, 2011. fX, another of Music. In the fall, the department features a performance com-
troupe that spends most of its time performing in underprivileged piling some of the most famous scenes from classical operas. In
Instrumental and Choir Concerts communities, performs stomp and music routines using items that 2010, the performance will be held at the Polk Museum of Art on
Whether you enjoy listening to the sweet hum of wind instru- would normally be considered trash. Their annual show will be October 16. For those who enjoy Broadway, Southeastern’s Night
ments, the excitement of jazz music, or the harmonies of the held February 3-5, 2011. on Broadway will be held in the Bush Chapel on April 7. Night
chamber choir, the Department of Music produces over fifteen on Broadway highlights a selection of famous Broadway songs
concerts each year for you to enjoy. Each concert features a differ- Theatrical Dance all put together under a new theme each year. In 2010, Night on
ent group, from the conservatory-trained faculty to the fresh talent In 2009, Southeastern performed its first theatrical dance show- Broadway featured various Broadway hits from famous musicals
of the classical orchestra. Join them for the annual Christmas case surprising the audience with the vibrant performance that based on high school such as Hairspray, Grease, and the new hit
concert or a beautiful string concert each semester in addition to was not only technically and visually stunning, but beautifully High School Musical.
the many other opportunities offered by the music department. choreographed. There will be two shows during the 2010-2011
school year, December 9 and April 29, and both will continue to 180 Film Festival
Theatrical Productions surprise the audience with their visual appeal and exhilarating The fifth annual 180 Film Festival will feature student films in the
After the success of the 2009-2010 season that featured the popu- performances. categories of three-minute and ten-minute films. Over eighteen
lar Jane Eyre: The Musical, The Imaginary Invalid, and An Enemy entries were submitted in 2010, almost double from the year
of the People, Southeastern University is proud to present four RAW TV before. The festival is expected to continue to grow offering new
classic theatre productions for the 2010-2011 school year. The RAW TV, or Real and Willing Television, is a nationally televised categories and new awards in 2011. The festival will be held in
season will begin with the world’s longest running musical The and student-produced talk show at Southeastern University. The Bush Chapel on March 19.
Fantasticks on October 29-31 followed by The Man Who Came show focuses on relevant topics and features popular musical
to Dinner at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida on November guests. RAW TV films bi-weekly in Southeastern’s Bolin Studio For more information on any of these productions, please
12-14. The school year will move to a close with a performance of to complete four episodes each month equaling two seasons call Southeastern University’s Department of Communication
the Shakespearean classic Othello also at the Polk Theatre, April within each school year. RAW TV airs regularly on the National office at (863) 667-5119. For times, ticket prices, or to purchase
1-3. The final performance of the year will be a combined effort of Religious Broadcasting Network, Total Christian Television, and tickets, please visit
Lakeland Community Theatre and Southeastern with a joint pro- Sky Angel. Tapings for the eighth season will begin on September Tickets can also be purchased on-campus at Southeastern
duction of Sander’s Family Homecoming in Southeastern’s Bush 8 and will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each University’s SEU Central Desk located in Pansler Alumni
Chapel on April 15-17. The production will feature the combined month at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. Seat reserva- Student Union. Southeastern University is located at
talent of community members as well as Southeastern students. tions can be made at 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, Florida.
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010
Lake Wales Little Theatre
This boisterous farce delights with non-stop laughs. Bud, a Hollywood screenwriter noted for such low budget
classics as The Return of the Radioactive Rabbit, decides to give up life in the fast lane to buy the Ritz Apache
Lodge in Arizona, a termite pile close to the fabled lost Dutchman Mine. Bud is convinced that a phony map and
some digging will soon make him a millionaire. He doesn’t figure on the inhabitants of the lodge: a little old lady
from Pasadena who communicates with space people, outraged tourists who thought the Ritz Apache would be like
the Ritz in Paris, an emotional mobster who won’t stay dead and aspiring starlet Chi Chi Vazoom who finds lizards
cute. When Bud’s zany mother arrives straight from a flop television series, the madcap escapade goes into high
gear and the jokes come fast and furious! Did we mention the FBI, the state lottery, the mysterious flight bag,
alligator wrestling, brussels sprouts on a stick, the corpse on roller skates?

Ticket Pdult
$9 A en
June 18-19, 7:30 pm; June 20, 2:00 pm
$6 Chiludnder June 25-26, 7:30 pm; June 27, 2:00 pm
18 and
by Tim Kelly

All performances are presented in our wonderfully intimate theater located just three blocks north of the
Lake Wales Library at 411 N. 3rd Street. For further information about the Lake Wales Little Theatre, including the
information on our upcoming 2010/2011 season, visit our web site at Ticket prices are $9.00 for adults and
$6.00 for children 18 and under. We offer reserved seating and tickets may be ordered by calling our Ticket Hotline
at 863-679-TKTS (8587). Tickets may also be purchased Monday through Friday starting June 14 at
Cliff’s True Value Hardware on the northeast corner of E. Park Ave. and N. 1st St., directly across the street
from the U.S. Post Office. For general information, call our Information Hotline at 863-676-1266.

Frostproof AR T LEAGUE
Pat Bowen will continue to teach oil and
acrylics on Mondays. She will have two
classes. One at 9:00 am to noon and the
other from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Summertime is quiet and restful here in Frost-

Kids Art Camp will be July 27 - 29. Kay
proof. Our members are out relaxing, swimming
Hutzelman is in charge. The camp is free
and fishing in our beautiful lakes, vacationing and
for Frostproof area children or children/
looking for photo opps to use in next season’s
grandchildren of Frostproof Art League
members. All details should be avail-
able by June 10.
The Frostproof Photography Club will continue to
meet all summer. They meet the first Tuesday of
For more information, please come by
the month at the Art Gallery at 6:00 pm with
the Frostproof Art League at 12 East Wall
President Mike Thornton. They meet again on the
St or call us at 863 635 7271. During the
third Saturday following that meeting at 4:00 pm
summer we will be open Tuesday thru
for hands-on experiences. The club is in the pro-
Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
cess of planning some special summer adventures.

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and help fund important programs in Polk County including
the visual arts, theatre, music and dance.
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current plate and receive your new one on the spot for a small handling fee.
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Cultural Arts Council Directory & Map
PAA Affiliate Arts & Cultural Organizations
1 - BARTOW 5 - HAINES CITY Imperial Symphony Orchestra Rochelle School of the Arts
P.O. Box 2623 • Lakeland, FL 33806 1501 N. Martin L. King Ave. • Lakeland, FL 33805
Bartow Art Guild Haines City Community Theatre, Inc. 863-688-3743 •
P.O. Box 1644 • Bartow, FL 33831 801 Ledwith Ave. • P.O. Box 1452 Southeastern University
863-534-1877 • Haines City, FL 33845 Lakeland Art Guild 1000 Longfellow Blvd. • Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
863-421-1893 • P.O. Box 353 • Lakeland, FL 33802 863-667-5000 •
Joe Tedder Tax Collector’s 863-646-8264 •
Office/KIDS Tag Art 6 - LAKELAND The Tuesday Music Club
Bartow, FL 33830 • 863-899-8200 The Lakeland Center P.O. Box 2524 • Lakeland, FL 33803
Arts On The Park 700 W. Lemon St. • Lakeland, FL 33801
Polk Arts Alliance 115 North Kentucky Ave. • Lakeland, FL 33801 863-834-8111 • 7 - LAKE WALES
1350 E. Main St., Ste. A2 863-680-2787 •
P.O. Box 727 • Bartow, FL 33831 Lakeland Choral Society, Inc. Historical Lake Wales Society
863-804-0494 • 1-866-POLKART Bach Festival of Central Florida P.O. Box 3157 • Lakeland, FL 33802 325 S. Scenic Hwy. • Lake Wales, FL 33853
P.O. Box 2764 • Lakeland, FL 33806 863-682-3305 • 863-678-4209 •
863-299-2555 • 863-439-3055
Polk County Historical Museum Lakeland Community Theatre Historic Bok Sanctuary
Lake Mirror Theatre • 121 S. Lake Ave. 1151 Tower Blvd. • Lake Wales, FL 33853
100 East Main Street • Bartow, FL 33830
863-534-4385 • Explorations V Children’s Museum P.O. Box 2603 • Lakeland, FL 33806 863-676-1408 •
109 N. Kentucky Ave. • Lakeland, FL 33801 863-603-7529
Lake Wales Art Center
2 - DAVENPORT 863-687-3869 •
1099 S.R. 60 E. • P.O. Box 608
Davenport School of the Arts Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n Fun Lois Cowles Harrison Center Lake Wales, FL 33859
8 W. Palmetto St. • Davenport, FL 33837 4175 Medulla Road • Lakeland, FL 33807 For The Visual & Performing Arts 863-676-8426 •
863-421-3247 • 863-644-2431 • 750 Hollingsworth Rd. • Lakeland, FL 33801
Lake Wales Little Theatre
3 - FORT MEADE Florida Dance Theatre 411 N. Third St. • P.O. Box 3428
305 W. Main • P.O. Box 831 • Lakeland, FL 33802 Melvin Gallery (FSC) Lake Wales, FL 33859-3428
Historical Society of Fort Meade 863-802-0399 • 863-680-4743 863-676-1266
1 N. Tecumseh Ave. • P.O. Box 1021
Fort Meade, FL 33841 Florida Southern College Platform ART Ridge Music Teachers Association
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. • Lakeland, FL 33801 863-838-2262 • 42 Hickory Hammock Rd. • Lake Wales, FL 33859
4 - FROSTPROOF 863-680-4117 •
Polk Museum Of Art
863-676-9791 •

Frostproof Art League & Gallery 800 East Palmetto Street • Lakeland, FL 33801 Warner Southern College
P.O. Box 654 • 12 E. Wall St. • Frostproof, FL 33843 863-688-7743 • 13895 Hwy. 27 • Lake Wales, FL 33859
863-635-7271 863-638-7225 •
Polk Theatre
139 S. Florida Avenue • Lakeland, FL 33801 8 - WINTER HAVEN
863-682-7553 •
Polk State College
Ridge Woodcarvers Club Cultural Events: 863-297-1050
Ridge Art Association
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. • Winter Haven, FL 33880
863-291-5661 •

27 Symphony Guild of Winter Haven

Polk City 17 Providence 56 Fourth Street, NW • Winter Haven, FL 33881
Davenport Theatre Winter Haven
2 Poinciana 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. • Winter Haven, FL 33880
Kathleen 863-294-7469 •
Gibsonia 5 Haines City
Lake Alfred

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Summer Calendar
Jun. & Jul.: Children’s Arts Camp. Lake 18-20: My Son Is Crazy...But Promising.
NOW SHOWING Wales Arts Center. Call for dates and times. Lake Wales Little Theatre, Lake Wales.
Through June 20: Florida Landscapes. Lake Wales Arts Council. 863-676-8426. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 2:00 pm. $9 Adults,
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743. 1-20: Exhibit “Woodcrafters of Winter $6 Children 18 & under. 863-676-1266.
Through June 27: Japanese Textiles Haven Members Show.” Polk County His- 19-Jul. 2: ArtsCamp! First Session.
& Prints and Functional Ceramics. Polk torical Museum, Bartow. FREE. 863-534-4386. Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm. Lake Wales Arts Center.
Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743. 1-Jul. 2: Exhibit “Inventions of the Early 863-676-8426.
Through June 27: Student Exhibition: 20th Century.” Polk County Historical 19: Family Fun Workshop: Japanese Ink
Learning to Be Me: Kindergarten-2nd Museum, Bartow. FREE. 863-534-4386. Painting with Museum of Art. 10:30am-
Grade Elementary Students Exhibition. 1-Jul. 31: Summer Camp. Explorations V noon. Polk County Historical Museum, Bartow.
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743. Children’s Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3669. 863-688-5423. FREE
Through Aug. 8: Art and Design: 4-23: Walking In My Mind (Juried). 20: National Touring Acapella Group -
Movement. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Reception: Friday, June 4, 6-9pm. Arts On Blend. Special Event. One Performance Only
863-688-7743. The Park, Lakeland. 863-680-2787. 2:30pm. Theatre Winter Haven. 863-294-7469
Through Feb. 2011: The Tenth Annual (SHOW).
5: Student Exhibition Reception:
Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Learning to Be Me: Kindergarten-2nd 25-27: My Son Is Crazy...But Promising.
Central Park, Downtown Winter Haven. Info: Grade Elementary Students Exhibition. Lake Wales Little Theatre, Lake Wales.
Polk Museum of Art, 863-688-7743. 10:30am & 1pm. Polk Museum of Art, Fri.-Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 2:00 pm. $9 Adults,
Lakeland. 863-688-5423. FREE. $6 Children 18 & under. 863-676-1266.
MAY 5: Family Fun Workshop: Japanese Ink 25-27: Disney’s Mulan, Jr. Theatre for
1-31: Kids Tag Art Exhibit. On display at Painting. 10:30am-noon. Polk Museum of Youth Production. Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm, Sat.-Sun.
Lakeland Branch Office, Polk County Tax Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423. FREE. 2pm. $9 Adults, $7 Children. Lakeland
Collector’s Office. Community Theatre, Lake Mirror Theatre.
11-12: The Edge -Lakeland Community 863-603-7529.
7-Jun. 2: Lakeland Art Guild Spring Theatre’s Alternative Stage Read Series
Exhibition. Opening reception: 7pm on presents Betrayed by George Packer. 7:30pm. 26-27: The Great American Trailer
May 7 in the Melvin Gallery. Florida Southern $10 Adults, $8 Students with I.D. The Polk Park Musical. June 26 - 7:30pm & June 27 -
College. 863-680-4743. Museum of Art, Kent Harrison Auditorium. 2:30pm. Theatre Winter Haven. 863-294-7469
May 20, 2010-May3, 2011: Aviation 863-603-7529. (SHOW).
Exhibition. A Juried Competition at Winter 13: Broadway Dance Theatre, Inc. 6pm. 26-Oct. 3: Modern Masters. Polk Museum
Haven Airport. Ridge Art Association, Winter Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
Haven. 863-291-5661. 863-834-8111. 26: Workshop: Functional Stoneware
25: Jazz Band Concert. 7:30pm. Tickets: 14-17: Black Box Theatre Productions - Pottery with Lo Alexander. 10am-4pm.
$5 Student/Senior, $7 Adult. Harrison School Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang. $50 Members, $65 Non-Members. Registration
for the Arts, Lakeland. 863-499-2939. Mon.-Wed. 7-8:45pm, Thurs. 9-10:45pm. required. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.
25-June 27: Student Exhibition: Tickets: $7.00. Polk State College, Winter 863-688-5423.
Learning to Be Me: Kindergarten-2nd Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. 28-July 9: SummerArt Camp Session 2 -
Grade Elementary Students Exhibition. 14-Aug. 13: Summer Camp 2010. Story 1920s. Fee per class. Registration required.
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743. Book Camp: 4 & 5 year-olds. X5 Adventure Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
28-29: Mamie’s School of Dance. 6:30pm. Camp: ages 6-12. Fees vary. Explorations V
Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. Children’s Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869.
863-834-8111. 14-25: SummerArt Camp Session 1 -
28-30: Florida State Square & Round 1900s-1910s. Fee per class, per session. 1-31: Kids Tag Art Exhibit. On display at
Dance Convention. Fri. 7:30pm, Sat. 9am, Registration required. Polk Museum of Art, Bartow Branch Office, Polk County Tax
Sun. 2pm. Exhibit Hall/Sikes Hall, The Lakeland. 863-688-5423. Collector’s Office.
Lakeland Center. 863-834-8111. 17-18: Buckler’s Arts & Craft Show. 1-Sept. 30: Exhibit “Collecting Vintage
30-31: Auditions For RENT. 2pm on Sunday Thurs. 10am-5pm, Fri. 10am-4pm. Tickets: $5. Sheet Music.” Polk County Historical
and 7pm on Monday. Large cast of singers and Free Parking. Exhibit Hall, The Lakeland Museum, Bartow. FREE. 863-534-4386.
dancers needed. Theatre Winter Haven. Center. 863-834-8111. 3: Family Fun Workshop: Geometric
863-299-2672. 17-19: 2010 Leadership Summit - Painting. 10:30am-Noon. Polk Museum of
Arts Achieve: 67 Pathways to Success. Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423. FREE.
Lakeland. Register at 3-Sept. 26: Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life
JUNE 18-19: Judy’s Dance Academy. Youkey in Vibrant Color. Polk Museum of Art,
1-30: Kids Tag Art Exhibit. On display at Theatre, The Lakeland Center. 863-834-8111. Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
Lake Wales Branch Office, Polk County Tax
Collector’s Office.

Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010

6-Sept. 5: Student Exhibition: VSA: 24: Family Fun Workshop: Geometric 27: Exhibition Reception: Loïs Mailou
Art for All. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Painting with Polk Museum of Art. Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color. 6-8:30pm.
863-688-7743. 10:30-noon. Auburndale Public Library. Free for Museum Members, $10 Non-Mem-
8-Aug. 7: Trent Manning: Mixed 863-688-5423. FREE. bers. Cash Bar. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.
Messages. A One Man Show. Ridge Art 26-Aug. 6: SummerArt Camp Session 4 - 863-688-5423.
Association, Winter Haven. 863-291-5661. 1960s-present. Fee per class. Registration 28: Student Reception: VSA: Art for All.
9: Curator Tour of the exhibition Loïs required. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 11am. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.
Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color. 863-688-5423. 863-688-7743. FREE.
12:15-1pm. Free with Museum admission. 28: 19th Birthday X-travaganza. 10am-
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423. 3pm. $5 per person includes activities. Mem-
12-23: SummerArt Camp Session 3 -
AUGUST bers are FREE. Explorations V Children’s
1950s. Fee per class. Registration required. 2-6: Summer Camp Plus. One week. Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869.
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423. Ages 11-15. Cost: $199 ($175 if paid in full
by June 1). For 11-15 year-olds signing up for
11-Aug. 6: 10th Annual Summer Youth
Dance Camp. Four one-week camps. 9am-
all three weeks. Cost: $499 ($450 if paid in UPCOMING EVENTS
full by June 1). Lakeland Community Theatre, Sept. 8: RAW TV. Bolin Studio, 7pm and
5pm. Ages 6-10 enjoy dance, art and acting. Lake Mirror Theatre. 863-603-7529.
Tuition: $150 per week. Free to students that 9pm. Southeastern University, Lakeland.
qualify for the Free School Lunch Program. 7: Family Fun Workshop: Pattern and 863-667-5119.
Call Florida Dance Theatre for application Prints. 10:30-noon. Polk Museum of Art, Sept. 17: Unpland Improv. Mi Casa Café,
information. 863-802-0399. Lakeland. 863-688-5423. 7pm and 9pm. Southeastern University,
11-Aug. 6: Open Summer Dance Classes. 21: Family Fun Workshop: Pattern and Lakeland. 863-667-5119.
All ages. Ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Prints with Museum of Art. 10:30-noon. Sept. 18: Family Day. 11am-3pm. Polk
Call Florida Dance Theatre for application Lake Wales Public Library. 863-688-5423. Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
information. 863-802-0399. FREE. FREE ADMISSION.
12-23: ArtsCamp! Second Session. 21: Creative Studies Series: An Sept. 22: RAW TV. Bolin Studio, 7pm and
Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm. Lake Wales Arts Center. Adventure with Carl Jung. 5-7:30pm. 9pm. Southeastern University, Lakeland.
863-676-8426. $12 Membrs, $15 Non-Members. Polk 863-667-5119.
Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
15-25: Into The Woods. Main Stage October: Vilas Tonape Exhibition.
Production. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 2pm. 23: Florida Dance Theatre 2010-2011 Vilas is Professor of Art at Polk State College.
$20 Adults, $15 Students with I.D., $10 Season Classes Begin. For registration and One-person Exhibition at Florida Southern
Children. Lakeland Community Theatre, class schedule information call Florida Dance College, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland.
Lake Mirror Theatre. 863-603-7529. Theatre at 863-802-0399.
Oct. 2: Platform Art - Symbolism and
19-23: Summer Camp. One week. Ages Spirituality.
6-15. Cost: $199 ($175 if paid in full by June
1). Lakeland Community Theatre, Lake Mirror
Theatre. 863-603-7529.
19-30: Summer Camp. Two weeks. Ages FOR INFORMATION ON
6-15. Cost: $385 ($350 if paid in full by June
1). Lakeland Community Theatre, Lake Mirror
Theatre. 863-603-7529.
23-Aug. 8: RENT. Theatre Winter Haven.
863-294-7469 (SHOW).

Experience a hands-on, fun-filled adventure
in learning on three floors of
kid-powered exhibits and programs!
Jun. 14-Aug. 13, 2010 summer Camp 2010 740 E. Main St.
Weekdays Story Book Camp 4 & 5 year-olds
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August 28, 2010 19th Birthday X-travaganza
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The Harrison Symphony Orchestra appears in the “Festival des Anches” in La Croix Valmer, France, in June.
(Photo provided by Harrison School for the Arts.)

The Harrison Symphony Orchestra (HSO), under the direction of Harrison Facul-
ty Conductors Rob Lambert and Matthew Davis, has received a prestigious invitation
to Festival des Anches (Festival of Reeds) in La Croix Valmer, France. The Harrison
Symphony Orchestra will present a Preview Concert on Friday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m.,
on the Harrison Main Stage.
The HSO will perform the closing concert of the Festival des Anches (Festival of
Reeds) in La Croix Valmer, France, on Sunday, June 27, at 9:00 p.m. at the Gardens
of the Villa Turquoise. Other ensembles performing during the 2010 Festival include
the “Swedish Wind Ensemble” of Sweden, the “Large Street Band” of Italy and the
“Symphony Orchestra of High Mayene” of France.
The HSO was invited to France following their trip to Chicago at the Midwest
Clinic in 2007. The HSO is one of the few orchestras invited to the Festival of Reeds,
traditionally know as a gathering of bands. Other American organizations who previ-
ously traveled to the Festival of Reeds include: 2009 - John Hersey High School
Band, IL; 2008 – The Allentown Band, PA; 2007 – Calgary Concert Band, Canada;
2006 – Brampton Concert Band, Canada; 2004 – LA Pierce Symphonic Winds, CA;
2003 – Ridgewood Band, NJ; 2001 – Northshore Concert Band, IL.
Come enjoy the Preview Concert program with such composers as Howard
Hanson, Antonin Dvorak, Georges Bizet, and Aaron Copland, with a “Suite from Star
The Festival is not a competition, but as the advertisement states, “just the
pleasure to perform before a wonderful audience.” The performing organizations are
made up of amateur and professional musicians. Since 1994 the festival has featured
Come to Harrison School for the Arts
bands from many countries including France, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Austra-
(750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, FL)
lia, the U.S., and Canada. Jean Luc Wastable, music teacher and director of the Croix
and enjoy the Symphony Orchestra in a
Valmer Music School, is the Artistic Director and co-organizer of the festival.
FREE Preview Concert of their France
A sneak preview of the France program will be presented on Friday, June 18,
trip, on Friday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m.
2010, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing
(Photo by Mary Grace Gordon.)
Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, FL. The concert is FREE and the public is
cordially invited to attend.

The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is a public school of choice offering excellence
in the instruction of music, theater arts, dance, and visual arts for students in the ninth through twelfth grades.
Harrison School for the Arts provides opportunities for talented students to develop their abilities to the fullest extent, instilling
self-discipline, self-esteem, and a working knowledge of and greater appreciation for the arts. Educational majors include dance,
orchestra, piano performance, vocal music, theater performance, technical theater, musical theater, and visual arts.
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010
August 31, 2010 Music and Martinis
2010-201 1
October 5, 2010 Masterworks #1 - Taking the 5th on the 5th, Youkey Theatre
Hungarian Dance #5 Brahms
Brandenburg Concerto #5 Bach
Linda Charlton, keyboard
Athur Pranno, violin
Marsha Whitney, flute
Symphony #5 Mvt. I Beethoven
Symphony #5 Mvt. II Tchaikowsky
Symphony #5 Mvt. II Schubert
Sympony #5 Mvt. IV Schostakovich

October 22, 2010 Winter Haven Pops, Lake Silver Amphitheatre

November 5, 2010 Lakeland Pops, Lake Mirror Amphitheatre
November 9, 2010 Masterworks #2 - Back for Seconds, Youkey Theatre
Overture to Egmont Beethoven
Concerto #1 for Piano Tchaikowsky
Young-Ah Tak, piano soloist
Pines of Rome Resphigi

December 7, 2010 School Day Concerts 9:45/11:15am, Youkey Theatre

December 7, 2010 Masterworks #3 - Christmas Concert, Youkey Theatre
Featuring Florida Dance Theatre, local artists and the ISO performing seasonal favorites.

January 22, 2011 10th Anniversary Opera Celebration, Branscomb Auditorium

Famous scenes from each of the operas performed by the ISO

February 6, 2011 Cookie Concert - 3:00 pm, Youkey Theatre

All in the Family Program

February 14, 2011 School Day Concert - 3:00 pm, Youkey Theatre
All in the Family Program

February 15, 2011 Masterworks #4 - All in the Family, Youkey Theatre

St. Paul’s Suite Mvts. I & IV (strings) Holst
Young Artist Winners TBD
Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra Britten

March 14-15, 2011 Sacred Spaces Concert - The King of Instruments at FUMC (included with subscription)
Adagio Albinoni
Concerto in g for organ Poulenc
Matthew Corl, organ
Symphony #3 (Organ) Saint-Saens

April 12, 2011 Masterworks #5 - An Evening of Broadway, Youkey Theatre

A partnership with Lakeland Community Theatre

April 26, 2011 Plant City Pops, Trinkle Center at HCC

April 30, 2011 Concert Under The Stars, Bok Tower Gardens

Art-i-facts • A Publication of the Polk Arts Alliance

Works of Harlem Renaissance
Painter to be Exhibited at PMoA
The themes explored by Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998) over the length of her 75-
year career make for a dynamic exhibition of more than 70 works, including paintings,
drawings and textile designs. Jones is considered one of the original Harlem Renais-
sance artists, which at the time was called the “New Negro Movement.” This period
was one of increased artistic and intellectual expression among African-Americans, and
centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. One of the primary character-
istics of the Harlem Renaissance was overt racial pride, and artwork created to “uplift”
Jones graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at a time
when racial and gender prejudices pervaded society. She began her career as a textile
designer, but after a discouraging and racist interaction with an interior designer, she
shifted her focus to the fine arts so that her name would be associated with the work
she produced. In addition to being an active studio artist, she was also a professor of
art at Howard University from 1930 through her retirement in 1977.
Early in her career, Jones produced lush oil paintings of the French countryside and
her traditional still-lifes highlight her skillful observation of nature. Her marriage in
1952 to noted Haitian graphic artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël instigated a change in
the subject matter and palette of her paintings. Much of her work is heavily influenced
by her African-American heritage, as well as her travels to Africa and the Caribbean.
Her frequent trips to Haiti re-energized her strong design sense and inspired vivid
acrylic and watercolor paintings that displayed a marked fascination with Caribbean
culture. After additional travels that included African countries, her work became char-
acterized by brilliant color and rich patterns.
Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color will be on display at Polk Muse-
um of Art July 3 through September 26, and is organized by the Mint Museum of Art,
Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust, and toured
by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition is sponsored by ALPI
and Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc., with additional support by Blackmon Roberts
Group, Inc.
A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, August 27,
at 6:00pm. Admission to the reception is free for Museum members and $10 for

800 East Palmetto St. • Lakeland, FL 33801

863.688.7743 • Fax 863.688.2611 •

SummerArt Camp for Children

During the summer, the Museum offers its annual SummerArt Camp for children ages 5 - 13.
Polk Museum of Art is located
From June 14 - August 6, the Museum will offer four sessions of SummerArt Camp. Each session
in Lakeland and is the only
is two weeks long, and students can take up to three classes per day. This year, the theme is
Modern Art: Up, Up, and Away!, and we’re kickin’ it old school by focusing each session on a dif- museum serving Polk County
ferent modern art period. Here are a just a few of the movements we will draw inspiration from: that is nationally accredited by
the American Association of
Session 1: 1900s-1910s: Explore the swirls, twirls, and cartoon-like style of Museums. Museum Summer
Art Nouveau, a nd the broken forms of Cubism. Hours are 10am - 4pm, Tuesday
Session 2: 1920s: Let imaginations run wild with Surrealism, through Saturday. The Museum
and feel the clean lines and geometry of Art Deco. is closed on Sunday, Monday and
Session 3: 1950s: Go mad for popular culture with Pop Art, and get funky major holidays. Admission is
with Neo-Dada constructions. $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors age
Session 4: 1960s–present: Fool your eyes with Op Art, and break it down 62 & older, and FREE for
to the basics with Minimalism. Members, Students (K-College),
and Children. The Museum
SummerArt Camp is sponsored by the Glenn W. and Hazelle Paxson Morrison Foundation
and an Anonymous Donor. To register for SummerArt Camp, call 863-688-5423 or is wheelchair accessible.
visit For more information call
863-688-7743 or visit
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010
On May 10, Historic Lakeland, Inc. and the City of Lakeland’s Historic Preservation Board hosted their
annual Awards Ceremony at 417 East McDonald Street, historically known as the Deen House. Historic
Lakeland’s second president (1981), Bonnie Deen Burhans, shared with the group some background
about the award-winning house and her connection to it. Its current owner, Lon Stanley, related its re-
cent history of their long, extensive, tedious restoration which spanned several years. Attendees were
treated to a tour of the house after socializing on its spacious front porch.

Other residences honored by Historic Lakeland

included the homes of Jeff Brooks at 322 West
The Deen House
Park Street; Jay and Debbie Hannifan at 848
Orange Park Avenue; Rick Lilyquist at 420 East
Palm Drive; Marc Salyer at 514 Finney Street;
and LaBron Taylor at 921 Osceola Street. This
year each winner was invited to speak for a
few minutes to tell the story of their house, what
inspired them to restore it and tell of some
experiences relative to their project. Hope
Kirkendall received Honorable Mention for
her replacing an inappropriate front door sur-
rounded by glass-block on her 1924 airplane
bungalow at 815 Success Avenue, as did Mike
Lawhon at 705 Jefferson Avenue for his use of
windows in keeping with the style of his house.

The Preservation Board selected the following non-residential projects from among those that came
before the Design Review Committee: the neon sign at Linkster’s Tap Room on Main Street; the unique
design of 360 Unlimited at 911 South Florida Avenue; the sensitive addition to Heath Funeral Home at
the corner of Lime Street and Ingraham Avenue; the City of Lakeland’s updating of Henley Field, us-
ing materials, fixtures and designs appropriate for this vintage ball park; and the new construction at
Florida Southern College of the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archive Center, providing a seamless
addition to the Roux Library to the east of the building. Owners and architects involved in these proj-
ects were recognized.

A champion of historic preservation, William S. Hatten, Ph.D., was honored posthumously as Preserva-
tionist of the Year. Dr. Hatten had served for several years as Historic Lakeland’s treasurer, and, as As-
sociate Vice President for Development at Florida Southern College, he was instrumental in securing
millions of dollars in grant monies for the world-famous Frank Lloyd Wright campus. Active in his ca-
reer and volunteer work until the last few weeks of his life, Dr. Hatten was a valued friend who is sorely


P.O. Box 3347 • Lakeland, FL 33802-3347 • 863-682-6149 •
Historic Lakeland, Inc. is a not-for-profit, nonaffiliated organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of
Lakeland, Florida’s unique history and character, and using the heritage to shape the community’s growth and development.

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A One Man Show
July 8-Aug. 7, 2010
July 10, 2010

idge Art Association is proud to present the artwork of one of its most consis-
tent award winners. Trent Manning, who grew up loving and experimenting
in art, has exhibited at RAA since he was in high school. The exhibition will
include past award winners, pieces borrowed from Private Collections and
new pieces created just for this show, many available for sale.
Executive Director Christy Hemenway says “I have watched Trent evolve and
grow as an artist over the past decade. While I have always loved his work, it has
become more streamlined and while still from found objects, it is more sleek and
refined than when he started. The greatest thing about Trent is that he is still hum-
ble each time his name is called as a winner.”
Manning was selected to create the poster for the 2010 Central Park Art Festival
this past March, where he also was an award winner.
From Trent’s artist’s statement:

“This series of work is a product of my love for many different mediums,

techniques and materials. My goal is to create a distinct style that will let
me experiment with all of these in a cohesive body of work. By assembling
discarded pieces of metal, screws, wooden handles, old tools, wire and
other recycled objects and combining them with painting, sculpting and
woodworking, I create sculptures and dioramas which consist of figures
that often take on a skeletal or robotic appearance.”

The search for new material is a major step in the creative process; since I never
know what I might find next, I never know what my next piece will be. Constantly
changing materials provide a natural evolution in my work, letting me explore new
techniques and grow as an artist with every piece I create.”                                                                                   

Trent Manning: Mixed Messages

will be on display from July 8 through August 7, 2010.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday July 10 from 6:30-8:30p.m.
The public is invited to attend and celebrate with the artist.


Office and gallery hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour prior
to Theatre Winter Haven performances. For more information, call the office at 863-291-5661
or visit their website at

Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010

The fabulous Polk Theatre has been bringing quality entertainment to our community for over 80 years. One
of only three atmospheric theatres in the state of Florida, it is a beautiful example of the Mediterranean style ar-
chitecture popular in the 1920’s when many of these movie palaces were built. Listed on the National Registry
of Historic Places, the Theatre is one of the true historic gems left in Central Florida.
Each year the Polk Theatre has a Performing Arts Series that includes traveling professional Broadway pro-
ductions, concerts, comedians, children’s shows, and of course, first run independent films. We would like to ask
you to consider becoming a member of the Polk Theatre, so that we can continue our tradition of bringing you the
highest quality of entertainment available and to preserve this amazing facility for future generations. Depending
on the level of membership you choose you may receive some of the following benefits:

• Discount off Performing Arts Series subscription • Popcorn coupons

• Discount off the base rental of the Theatre • Complementary Beverages
• Helping to preserve the Theatre’s historic legacy • Meet and greet the actors
• Gift memberships for friends • And much more

Please see our membership brochure on

our website, or call
863.682.7553 to find out which level may
be right for you and your family. You will
find that the true benefit of a Polk Theatre
membership is priceless!

Polk Theatre, Inc.

139 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 682-8227


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Polk County

s Museum
Celebrating the Old Polk County Courthouse
100th Anniversary Year at the
Polk County Historical Museum SUMMER 2010

The summer calendar at the

Polk County Historical Museum
includes several changing ex-
hibits. In June members of the
Woodcrafters of Winter Haven will
once again share their work with
museum visitors. Also continuing
in June the exhibit “Inventions of
the early-20th Century” offers a
fun look at science and technology
through a variety of objects in the
museum collection.

Special to the Museum for July and August will be

Summer Calendar 2010
the exhibit “Collecting Vintage Sheet Music.” Many
of us remember the stacks of colorful sheet music
stashed in the piano bench and tucked away in boxes
at home. In 1910, the familiar tunes Let Me Call You
Sweetheart and Down By the Old Mill Stream each June 1 - June 20:
sold five to six million copies. Exhibit “Woodcrafters of
Here is a good opportunity to reminisce over a few Winter Haven Members Show”
of the classic tunes from 100 years ago.
June 1 - July 2:
Exhibit “Inventions of the
The Polk County Historical Museum is located at 100 Early 20th Century”
East Main Street in Bartow. The hours of operation
are Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 5pm; and Saturdays July 1 - Sept. 30:
from 9am – 3pm. Admission to the Exhibit
Museum is free. For more “Collecting Vintage
information call Sheet Music”

s s
863-534-4386 or visit

Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010

Theatre for Youth
Join us for one of our favorite events of the year ... school’s out and
summer camp is in! Three glorious weeks of singing, dancing, acting and
Tel.: 863-603-7529 just having fun on stage – then put on a show written especially for you!
121 S. Lake Ave • Lakeland, FL 33801 SUMMER CAMP Ages 6-15
July 19th-30th (2 weeks) $385 ($350 if paid in full by June 1)
Celebrate our 25 Anniversary Season ...
th July 19th-23rd (1 week) $199 ($175 if paid in full by June 1)
Lakeland Community Theatre has big plans for the upcoming
2010-2011 Season; starting off with Tony Award Winning The 25th SUMMER CAMP PLUS Ages 11–15
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, September 9-19, 2010 with August 2nd-6th (1 week) $199 ($175 if paid in full by June 1)
music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. For 11-15 year olds signing up for all three weeks $499 ($450 if paid in full by June 1)
The show centers around a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Val-
ley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run
by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The Theatre for Youth will be
presenting the much loved story of James and the Giant Peach by
Roald Dahl October 15-17, 2010. The story of a young orphan boy
who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal THE EDGE
cross-world adventure with a group of anthropomorphic insects he
meets within the giant peach. Lakeland Community Theatre’s Alternative Stage Read Series
The Producers, December 2-19, 2010 a musical by Mel Brooks and Presented in the intimate environment of The Polk Museum of Art
Thomas Meehan follows next. A record 12-time Tony Award winner
about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by oversell-
ing interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show Betrayed By George Packer
This timely play portrays the real life struggles of the thousands
unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show is
accessible to a wide range of audiences, and draws on ridiculous ac- of Iraqi citizens who welcomed the U.S. and offered their support,
cents, caricatures and many show business in-jokes. Swing! March only to be denied even the most basic protection by the American
3-6, 2010 is the next production, a musical conceived by Paul Kelly Government whom they served.
with music by various artists. It celebrates the music of the Swing era
of jazz (1930s-1946), including many well-known tunes by artists like 7:30pm June 11 & 12
Duke Ellington, William “Count” Basie, Benny Goodman and others. $10 Adults $8 College Students w/id
The story is told entirely through music and dance. The final part of
the Sanders Family Story will be the Smoke on the Mountain Home- Cutting edge, relevant, award-winning dramatic literary works.
coming April 14-17, 2011. So many people enjoyed the first two Only 150 seats available each night. For Mature Audiences only.
installments with the hilarious “signing” by June, the singing, playing
and story telling of the rest of the family and the Bluegrass perform-
ers playing up a storm that Lakeland Community Theatre will be
wrapping up the story. The second Theatre for Youth Production will
be the much loved story of The Jungle Book. All your favorite songs Our final Theatre for Youth Produc-
and antics from the jungle come to life on stage. Finally join us for an tion is Disney’s Mulan Jr. With a cast
amazing journey as we present the Wizard of Oz July 21-31, 2011. of over 60 ages 6-60, this show will
Bound to be a smash hit, everyone loves the tale of Dorothy and Toto, be a fun filled musical for all the
the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man as they journey family. Following the adventures of Mulan and her dragon
through Oz.
friend Mushu as she joins the Chinese army disguised as a man
... and A Theatre on the Road! in order to save the Emperor from the Hun invaders.
The Lake Mirror Theatre has been home to Lakeland Community
Theatre since 1985 when it began as a children’s theatre – The Pied June 25-27 2010
Piper Players. The City of Lakeland, after 50+ years, has plans to reno- $9 adults, $7 Children 18 & under
vate the theatre’s interior by replacing the ceiling and the seats which
will be fantastic. However, this will require the closure of the theatre
from January to July 2011. So what does your Community Theatre
without a home do? Look out into its Community!
Artistic Managing Director Alan Reynolds reached out to other arts The final Main Stage Production this
organizations in Lakeland and planning began to collaborate on the season will be Into the Woods. A
three productions that will be affected. Southeastern University will
fractured fairy tale full of familiar char-
be the venue for Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. The final
segment in the trio of Bluegrass musical comedies will be held in the acters such as Jack and his Beanstalk,
Bush Chapel April 14-17, 2011. The Polk Theatre will host Swing! and Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood,
the Theatre for Youth production of The Jungle Book. this Tony award-winning show tells of a baker and his wife trying
What a great opportunity to partner with other arts organizations. to break the curse of the Wicked Witch.
It is heartening to know that our arts community is so receptive and
willing to step up and help when a need is apparent. It will be chal- July 15-25 2010
lenging, no doubt to be away from our stage for a time but come July $20 Adults, $15 Students w/id, $10 Children 18 & under
2011 there will truly be NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

Call 863 603 -7529 to order tickets or enroll or online @

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Summer Adventures
in Learning
Heat Up Explorations V
Children’s Museum
As the calendar pages turn from spring to summer, Explora- for museum members and $80 per child per week for non-mem-
tions V will be heating up with hands-on adventures in learning. bers. Sibling discounts are available. Early drop-off and late
Weekly programming, Storybook and X5 Adventures Camp dur- pick up can be arranged for an additional fee. Pre-registration
ing Summer Camp 2010 and Explorations V’s 19th Birthday X- and pre-payment are required to hold a place in camp.
travaganza are on tap to guarantee a summer full of mega-fun!
On Saturday, August 28th, Explorations V will host the biggest
Explorations V Children’s Museum hosts weekly programming birthday party in town! The 19th Birthday X-travaganza will
Monday through Friday. Magical Monday, Terrific Tuesday, include entertainment, party hat creation and a museum full of
Wacky Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday and Fun Friday of- hands-on birthday party fun. The event will run from 10am to
fer imaginative educational sessions that engage children in 3pm with the museum scheduled to close at 4pm. All X-trava-
reading, school readiness, culinary and creative arts as well as ganza activities will be included with regular admission.
science and math. Each day’s session begins at 10:30am and is
included with museum admission.

Summer Camp 2010 will be held for nine weeks, June 14

through August 13. New this summer will be camps for children
4 & 5 years of age (Story Book Camp) as well as camps for 6-12
year olds (X5 Adventure Camp). Each camp includes weekly
themed hands-on activities, museum exploration, outdoor
play and snack creation. Story Book Camp will feature Beach
Babies!, Movers & Shakers!, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!, Mini-Cooks and
more. X5 Adventure Camp includes sessions such as Get Fit!,
Hollywood Producer!, Masters of Art and CSI X5: Crime Science.

Children can be registered for full day (9am-5pm) or

half day (9am-1pm/1-5pm) camps. Full day pricing
for museum members is $125 per child per week.
The full day fee for non-members is $150 per child
per week. Half day sessions are $65 per child per week

Explorations V Children’s Museum is located at

109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland.
Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am.-5:30pm.
Admission prices are $5 per person. Senior citizens,
65 and older, are $2.50. General admission
(excluding some special events) for children under two
and museum members is free. Details regarding exhibits,
camps, programs, parties or field trips can be obtained by
calling 863 687 3869 or emailing
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010
Fifth Graders’ Art Now on Display through July
Kids Tag Art, a fundraising project that inspires fifth grade art
students to design their own specialty plate art, recently hosted
its 4th annual Kids Tag Art Awards of Distinction, held at the Polk
Museum of Art. Fifth grade students with award-winning designs
and their family and teachers were invited to attend the reception
which coincided with the opening of this year’s exhibit showcasing
their work.
Approximately 100 kids, with parents, siblings, grandparents
and teachers showed up to a standing-room only ceremony, which
had to be split into 2 events to adhere to fire code. Students re-
ceived a certificate of distinction from Tax Collector Joe Tedder.
On hand for the recognition event were the Honorable Joe The History of Kids Tag Art…
G. Tedder, Polk County Tax Collector, Hazel Sellers, Polk County Back in 2006, the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office, with
School Board, Dr. Gail F. McKenzie, Superintendent of Polk Coun- help from local businesses and community groups, put together a
ty Schools, Daniel Stetson, Polk Museum of Art Executive Direc- fundraising project with the Polk County School Board that would
tor, Patricia Lamb, Senior Fine Arts Coordinator with Polk County teach children art design while raising much-needed monies for
Schools, Leticia Miller, Curator of Education for PMA. Sponsors classroom art supplies.
present included Mr. Kevin Jones with Mid Florida Credit Union. During the month of September, teachers guide students in
Other sponsors for this years’ event include Douglass Screen classroom design creation. Teachers may set whatever guidelines
Printers, (Major Sponsor), along with MOSAIC, AlphaGraphics, for their students they believe will generate creative, award-win-
and Polk Education Foundation. ning artwork. Parents can purchase their child’s design through
Board members and partners include Marti Blackwell, vice- school sales conducted in October of each year. Their child’s de-
chairwoman, Junior Women’s Club of Lakeland, Cindy Ross, Polk sign is individually scanned and made into a unique polycarbonate
Arts Alliance, Ellen Chastain, Polk Museum of Art, Stacy Mallard, tag which can be purchased as a keepsake or given as gifts.
Polk County School Board, Cynthia Windham, Polk County Tax In late October, thousands of designs are submitted from all
Collector’s Office, and Martha Roe Burke, chairwoman, Polk across the county for judging which is conducted at Polk Museum
County Tax Collector. of Art. Selections of the top two entries from each school are
Kids Tag Art designs may still be viewed and purchased by made. Those top entries become available to the public for sale
going online to the Tax Collector’s website, on the Polk County Tax Collector’s website:
The price of the tag is $15 and the proceeds from the sale of According to Tedder, the project originated at the Tax Collec-
tags remain with that student’s school to be used exclusively for tor’s office, whose employees have over the years, volunteered
teacher art supplies. The 2010 Kids Tag Art Exhibition will be in one or two elementary schools during business ‘teach-in’ days.
traveling around the county for the remainder of the school year. The kids eagerly grasped the art project and staff worked to build
An exhibition calendar is also available online. For more a tag art program around this fun learning concept. This year, tax
information, please call (863) 899-8200. collector employees volunteered in the schools and at open hous-
es to raise awareness and to help stimulate student creativity.
Kids Tag Art inspires young artists to create their own unique
design, learning the practical application of license plate art to Where to View Tag Art…
support worthy causes, fashioned after Florida’s 100+ specialty This year’s tag art is available for
license plates. However, these tags are strictly art and not for viewing online where the individual
use as legal identification on the rear bumper of cars. children’s designs are available
This year, the major sponsor for this project is Douglass for purchase by going to
Screen Printers. Lisa Kaiser Hickey is the owner and president and clicking
of Douglass Screen Printers who produces the tags and has on Polk County Kids Tag Art. The
been integrally involved from the inception of the project. public can scroll through all the win-
“Douglass Screen Printers has built its 70-year legacy on ning tags and order a tag,
creativity. We wholeheartedly support not only the arts in using the order form found on that link. Previous years’ tags
general but the Kids Tag Art program in particular because it may also be viewed online.
encourages creativity and independent thought in our leaders In addition, The Tag Art Exhibit will begin traveling around the
of tomorrow,” comments Hickey. county beginning later this year. A calendar of exhibit dates and
The price of a tag is $15 and all proceeds go to classroom art locations is online as well. Anyone who wishes to host the exhibit
supplies. Parents and friends can order from the winning designs is invited to inquire. Tags will be offered for sale with the exhibit
for holiday gift-giving. Orders must be postmarked by December and throughout the school year.
4 in order to be delivered by the 25th. Tag art will be on the For more information, contact the Polk County Tax Collector’s
website and available for sale through the 2009 school year. office at (863) 534-4722.

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a Summer Music Series!
Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center

$20 General Public

Members receive 10% discount

Concert at 7:30 p.m. Limited seating.

JUNE 26 Porchdogs
Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco

JULY 24 Tammerlin
Folk music

AUGUST 21-22 The Repeatles

50s and 60s music

SEPTEMBER 18 Broadway & Jazz

Broadway tunes and American jazz

Pre-paid dinner at 6 p.m.

$16.50 Members $18 Non-Members

Voted Florida’s Best Garden!

Nature Quest Discover animals at Window by the Pond, make a pinhole camera and develop handmade
photos, tie dye t-shirts, do nature art, climb a tree and take home a book of art from the week.

Summer Camp Limited to children who have completed K - 5th grade.

July 19 – 23 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $250 Members. $295 Non-Members. Extended care: $50/week (8 - 9 a.m. & 5 - 6 p.m.)

For more information on our events visit

Open 365 Days a Year! • 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, FL 33853 • 863.676.1408
Art-i-facts • SUMMER 2010
Polk County
Hall of Fame
Speaking of Local Polk County Talent ...
Karen Olivo
Always involved in theatre and the arts, attending Explorations V with her family for years and the Lois Cowles
Harrison School of the Arts, Karen Olivo received her first Tony Award for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival
of West Side Story in 2009, guest-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and now has been cast in the recurring role
of Giada Cabrini in the critically-acclaimed CBS television series The Good Wife. Karen has won the Fred Astair Best Female
Dancer on Broadway Award, Directors Desk Award (Broadway) and was nominated for the Inner Critics Award in New York.
When Karen’s dad asked her, at twelve years old, what she would like to become, Karen said, “I want to be a rich actress.”
Dad prompted ... “what else would you like to be, are there other options?” Karen replied...“then I want to be a poor actress.”
Karen Olivo has been influenced by the Arts her whole life as her father Rick Olivo is the Founding Director of Pied Pipers Players
(1988, now Lakeland Community Theatre). He taught Art at Rochelle School of the Arts, and currently teaches Theatre Arts
Workshops at Harrison, and Performing Arts Classes at Polk Museum of Art. Karen’s mother, Mercedes Brown, expresses her
creativity as a Chef at The Dolphin, Walt Disney World.

And of course...

Lindsey Alley has been performing in theatre, television and film since the age of six and her career began in
Lakeland. In 1989, Lindsey was cast as a Mousketeer in the Disney Channel’s All New Mickey Mouse Club. She spent six years
and seven seasons on the show. After graduating from Lakeland Senior High School in 1996, Lindsey attended the University of
Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2000 and is also a graduate of the William Esper Studio
in New York City. With many Broadway Theatre credits, Lindsey splits her time between New York and Los Angeles and also tours
the world, doing her cabaret act with Atlantis Events.

HCCT KIDS!, a division of Haines City Community Theatre announces their upcoming performance of

“The Musical Adventures of a Girl Named Alice”, by James DeVita with music by Bill Francoeur.

“Wonderland!” is an unabashedly silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.” With hip-hopping
music, it is an upbeat, coming-of-age story that audiences of all ages will adore! You’ll recognize some of your favorite fa-
miliar characters of Alice’s Wonderland along with meeting dozens of new ones: a baseball team, a gospel group called The
Responsibilities, a train conductor, star-struck tourists, plastic light-saber wielding knights and much more. “Wonderland!”
features an eclectic mix of music ranging from gypsy swing to doo-wop to bluegrass, and features toe-tapping musical rendi-
tions of “Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter” as well as other great numbers such as “Anything’s Possible,”
“Step by Step” and the hysterical “I was a Good Egg But Then I Done Went Bad,” sung by Humpty Dumpty and the Dixie
Auditions for “Wonderland!” will be held May 16th at 3 pm and
May 17th at 7 pm and are open to students up to the age of 18.


July 30 - August 7
On Friday & Saturday Evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Haines City Community Theatre is located in the Clay Cut Center at 801 Ledwith Avenue in Haines City.
For further information call the theatre at (863) 421-1893 or visit the website at

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Race for the Arts
to our sponsors and volunteers for making the Polk Arts Alliance
4th Annual 5K Bloomin’ Race for the Arts & Wellness Expo a success!
The Race was held March 6th in conjunction with Bartow’s Bloomin’ Art’s Festival.

Aqui Chiropractic Folsom Construction, Inc. Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s GEOSyntec Consultants Reiss Engineering, Inc.
Chastain-Skillman, Inc. Hazen & Sawyer Southern Homes
Clemons, Rutherford & Assoc. Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. Straughn Trout Architects
Comanco Environmental Corporation Killebrew, Inc. T. Mims Corp.
Enviroquip Kimley-Horn and Associates URS Corporation
Flowers Bakery The Lakeland Center WillsonMiller, Inc.

Thank you for Grants from

Florida Arts & Culture Division of Cultural Affairs
Polk County Board of County Commissioners Polk County Sports & Tourism
A special THANK YOU to Polk State College Artists and Art Professor Vilas Tonape;
PSC Choral Group and Director John Anderson.
We are thankful for our Cultural Art Member Polk State College’s involvement
as they displayed beautiful talent in visual art and vocal talent.
Runners Choice Artist Awards: 1st Place Chelsea Sargent - 2nd Place Syrena Marina Olivo – 3rd Place Matthew Davis & Nathan Seay

Thank you to our race chair and MC for the 4th year in a row!
County Commissioner Bob English
and the Lakeland Runners Club
(who make all the runner details work and make us look good!)

To our race volunteers who worked so hard (in the freezing cold!)
Michael Alexander Mike LaPan Teresa Olinger Nat West
Nancy Hoyt Leonard Mass Kyle Ross Kori Willoughby

And Thank You to our Race Committee who put this all together:
Cindy Ross ~ Jane Patton ~ Dan Clark ~ Trish Pfeiffer
And the food ... Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Coupons (Joe Ballara); Flower’s Bakery (Doug Wimberly) for the Bagels (carbs!);
Havana Delights (Christine) the best chicken and yellow rice!; Haines City Citrus Growers Association for the essential Oranges;
Perkins Restaurant (Lorraine and Richard) for their very special delicious cinnamon rolls; Southern Homes for ALL the water,
... and to all our Runners (canines, too)!
The of the Arts!
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