Polk State College is kicking off another season of The Arts with a schedule jam packed with Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts events for students, faculty, staff, and community members to enjoy.
From annual favorites including FallFest, Arts Day, Polk State Music fall and winter concerts, and Polk State Theatre productions, to events special to the fall 2018 season, such as 11-member a capella group Voctave in concert, Polk State’s Fall 2018 Arts Schedule is sure to entertain.
“Each season, Polk State offers a diverse, eclectic mix of arts programming that not only gives students, faculty, staff and the greater community access to quality art experiences, but also allows the College’s students and faculty the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents,” Program Coordinator Nancy Lozell said.
Polk State’s Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses are hubs for local arts programming where the community gathers to enjoy high-quality theatrical productions, musical performances, and gallery exhibits curated by the College’s talented students and award-winning faculty members.
“Each season, Polk State offers a diverse, eclectic mix of arts programming that not only gives students, faculty, staff and the greater community access to quality art experiences, but also allows the College’s students and faculty the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents.”
— Program Coordinator Nancy Lozell
The season kicks off on Sept. 3 with the opening of gallery exhibits on both the Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses, where Jesus Nieves will showcase art for Hispanic Heritage Month, and Alison LaMons will display watercolor paintings in an exhibit titled “Sign Language,” respectively. Those exhibits will run through Oct. 11. The galleries on both campuses are open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students will take over the galleries from Oct. 18 through Dec. 6 with a student art exhibition on the Winter Haven Campus and the “Capturing Cultures Photography Exhibit” on the Lakeland Campus, with both exhibits kicking off on Arts Day at the College. Polk State will host a reception and awards ceremony on Arts Day, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery.
Polk State will also host in October its annual FallFest, which for more than 30 years has attracted thousands to the Winter Haven Campus to browse crafts from more than 150 artisans. The free event also features a pumpkin patch, kids zone, haunted house, educational demonstrations, music, food, and more. This year’s FallFest will take place Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Winter Haven Campus lawn at 999 Ave. H N.E.
Polk State is also proud to announce a one-of-a-kind event taking place this season – a performance by world-renowned a capella group Voctave. Members of Voctave have roots with Walt Disney World and have performed all over the world with Grammy, Dove, and American Music Award recipients. Voctave has ranked in the top 25 on Billboard Magazine’s charts, and has multiple No. 1 songs on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
“We are thrilled to have a musical group of such high caliber performing right here at Polk State College,” Lozell exclaimed. “Even more exciting is Voctave will meet with our Music students after the performance, giving Polk State students a very special opportunity to connect with members of the group, who come from diverse backgrounds and a wealth of musical experiences.”
Voctave will perform at the Polk State Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre, 999 Ave. H N.E., on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the public, and $15 for all students, Polk State faculty, and staff. Tickets for Voctave and other Polk State events are available online at www.polk.edu/boxoffice or by calling 863.297.1050.
For Polk State’s full fall 2018 arts schedule, go online to www.polk.edu/boxoffice.