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LAKELAND, FL (April 4, 2022) – The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is adding Cultural Arts to its name.  Yes, starting April 4th, the Department will be Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts.  The addition of Cultural Arts to the Department not only recognizes programming, partnerships, and green spaces but it also highlights the adaptability of these spaces going forward.  Recreation and library needs have changed over the years to include cultural arts.

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts said, “The addition of cultural arts allows our stakeholders to expand their view on what can be accomplished with our already successful Parks & Recreation inventory.  We already work with the arts community and provide vital arts programming at our facilities, so the name is a natural progression in the evolution of the Department.”

Support for public art can easily be viewed along the Lemon Street Promenade which serves as home for the Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Artists showcase their work and compete for the People’s Choice Award. Over the years many pieces have been purchased that are now on permanent display around City facilities. In fact, public art including 64 sculptures and murals are in place adding to the aesthetic and vitality of our Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts facilities.

In spring 2022, the Lakeland History & Culture Center at the Main Library will open. This wonderful amenity is a dedicated exhibit and research space that shares inclusive stories of Lakeland in harmony with all those who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to its culturally diverse history.

Donahay added, “This is a great opportunity for the Department to analyze trends, work with citizens to provide safe, affordable, and accessible facilities and expand services to include even more cultural arts programming.”

Cultural Arts Large Scale Projects and Ongoing Exhibits

  • Veterans Park Sculptures
  • Permanent Collection Sculptures
  • Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Lemon Street Promenade)
  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Art Project
  • Swansation Swan Art Project
  • J. Seward Johnson temporary exhibit
  • Murals
  • History & Cultural Center

Community Groups Using Facilities

  • Lakeland Community Theater
  • Fine Art at Magnolia
  • Lakeland Concert Band
  • Lakeland Arts Guild
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • MayFaire
  • Art Crawl
  • American Sewing Guild
  • Piatigorsky Foundation Concerts
  • Lakeland Symphony
  • Explorations V Partnership
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