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Downtown Lakeland Partnership Seeks Executive Director Applicants

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is soliciting applications for the executive director position being vacated by Ellen Simms, whose retirement is effective May 31. Interested applicants are asked to email a resume to the organization by June 2 at 5 p.m.: info@downtownlakelandfl.com. The DLP’s mission is to advocate for and promote Downtown Lakeland as an ideal […]

May Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Florida Wild Through May 28   Florida Wild presents a collection of landscape and wildlife photographs by acclaimed conservation photographer and eighth-generation Floridian Carlton Ward. Photo available.   Translated Forms Through June 10   This exhibition features the artwork of St. Petersburg artist Rachel Stewart. Stewart is inspired by the markings of nature, the […]

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Elects Board of Directors

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership elected eight new members to its Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 26. New Board members are: Tory King- Florida Southern College Chuck McDanal- Lkld TV Jared Weggeland- Focus Homes Kevin Rios- Just Dance Alaa-eldin Shalaby- Urban Appeal Stephanie Donn- Broadway Real Estate Heidi Campbell- Stationery Loft Ashlee Wright- New Beginnings […]

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Executive Director Resigns

Ellen Simms, executive director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, announced her resignation Friday. Her last day will be May 31. Simms has served in the position since 2015. She has worked in other capacities with the DLP since 2004, including serving as President of the Board of Directors. Simms cited a desire to focus more […]

Girls Night Out Returns April 22

It’s time for Round 3 of Downtown Lakeland’s Girls Night Out. Join us on Saturday, April 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a night of sales, samples and event specials. More than a dozen businesses are taking part in the event, so grab your girlfriends, head downtown and pop into one of the participating locations to get a […]

March into Music Munndays

The first day of the work week will have a new ring to it when Music Munndays returns to Downtown Lakeland in March. This third installment of free, live music weekly in Munn Park focuses primarily on Imperial Symphony Orchestra musicians, but also includes local singers and songwriters, says Christine Collister, ISO’s orchestra and office […]

February Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Recent Acquisitions Through April 23 New artworks added to the Permanent Collection after going through an intense selection process. The executive director, Collections Committee and Board of Trustees approve each artwork to ensure the collection’s continued strength. Additions to the permanent collection typically are donations. American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony Through Feb. […]

Lots of Fun on Tap for January’s Girls Night Out

We had so much fun during the inaugural Girls Night Out in September 2016, we’re ready to do it all again. Grab your girlfriends and come downtown Jan. 21,  5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a night of demonstrations, giveaways, drawings, tastings and shopping! There are no tickets to buy Just stop by one of the participating […]

Gain the Power to See Through People in New Art Installation

One look at the latest public art installation by two Lakeland artists may prompt you to change the words to Jimmy Cliff’s popular song to something along these lines: “I can see clearly now, the frame is gone…” That’s because “Clearly People: Exoskeleton Encounters” features clear shapes of people- with no obstacles in your way, […]

Kentucky Avenue Street Closure & Construction at Trader’s Alley

The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will install a storm drain in Traders Alley beginning Jan. 9, and this will close parts of North Kentucky Avenue  and Trader’s Alley. The work is expected to take four weeks or less to complete. After consulting area businesses, the work was planned to avoid the holidays and First Friday events. […]

January Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Recent Acquisitions Jan. 21- April 23 New artworks added to the Permanent Collection after going through an intense selection process. The executive director, Collections Committee and Board of Trustees approve each artwork to ensure the collection’s continued strength. Additions to the permanent collection typically are donations. American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony Through […]

Show How Much You #LoveLakeland with Branded Merch

‘Tis the season to go shopping, and Downtown Lakeland is the place to go if you’re looking for items that show your Lakeland love. Whether your kids are out of state at college, your best friend moved to North Carolina for a great job offer, your son is living the hipster lifestyle in Portland, or […]