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Arts & Rec!

About the Program

The City of Lakeland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department is excited to introduce "Arts & Rec!" A program to provide exposure to art in our Recreation facilities through classes and programs, highlighting art and artists in our venues, and rotating art exhibitions featuring Central Florida artists. A 'Call for Art,' will be hosted and organized in partnership with Art Crawl, Inc. - a Lakeland-based nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst to celebrate the emergence of new and innovative artists in Central Florida. Artwork will be chosen for the exhibitions based on originality, skill, the appearance of the artist's voice, visual impact, quality, and each physical exhibition space. Artwork must be framed and/or ready to be securely hung for consideration. The City of Lakeland will provide name plaques for each exhibition, which will include artist information and options on how to purchase the artwork directly.

Visit our exhibits at Kelly Recreation Complex, Simpson Park Community Center, Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex, and Coleman-Bush Building.

Current Exhibit:
Artwork reflecting a particular group, a feeling of fellowship, common interest, or goals. 
Exhibition Dates: March 13 - May 21


Call for Art

three blank canvases on three different colored squares of wall

Theme: Mixed Media and Painting
Any artwork using mixed media or paint as the medium. The artwork subject and concept is up to the artist, but must be in good taste and mindful of the exhibition's intent and community’s standards. Profanity, obscenity or objectionable material will not be accepted.
Exhibition Dates: June 5th - September 17th

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Application Dates: Closing April 23
Application Fee: $10
Exhibition Fee: Free, with no commission fees.
Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration per application. 
 Email Recreation@lakelandgov.net for more info.

Misc info:
Artists' Agreement
Hold Harmless
(Artists with art chosen for exhibition will need to complete and return an Artists' Agreement & Hold Harmless to a designated City of Lakeland representative)

For more info, email Recreation@lakelandgov.net