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Arts & Rec!

About the Program

The City of Lakeland, Parks & Recreation 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 otherwise ready to be securely hung for consideration. All mediums are welcome. 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.

Currently on display:

Theme: Nature & Balance
Art that highlights either Nature or Balance. Realism, figurative, and abstract concepts are welcomed.
Exhibition Dates: April 2, 2022 - June 19, 2022


Call for Art

three blank canvases on three different colored squares of wall

Theme: Pop Culture
Art with a focus on iconic imagery found in film, fashion, music, video games, food, activities, products, brands, or other ideas embraced by the broader public - often seen in mass media. 
Exhibition Dates: Opening July 16

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Application Deadline:
 June 12
Application Fee: $10
Exhibition Fee: Free, with no commission fees.
Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration per application. 

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