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Who we are, what we do

The Lake Wales Arts Council is an organization dedicated to the programming and preservation of the arts in Lake Wales and surrounding areas. Our mission is to promote, encourage, and celebrate the arts for the enrichment of community life. Our season features a great variety of both the performing and visual arts, including exhibits, concerts, and our signature events such as the annual Arts Festival, Lake Wales Chorale concerts, Make It Magical holiday event downtown, Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival competition, and other exciting events. Explore our site to learn more about our upcoming 2016-2017 season, or how you could get involved this year and become a partner in the important work of keeping the arts alive in our community. 

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People are saying...

The arts are a key component of economic development. The Lake Wales Arts Council regularly hosts events in downtown Lake Wales as well as coordinates and presents exhibits and art related events at other venues around Lake Wales including the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center. The LWAC fills the cultural gap of the economic development mix and offers an arts amenity to our area, giving people and businesses another reason to want to stay here and invest in Lake Wales. For me personally, being able to stay close to my home and see a concert or an exhibit — rather than having to get in the car and drive to another county — is a very nice option for my family.
— Kevin Kieft, President/CEO Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council

Art around town...

The Lake Wales community is proud of its art. The beautiful murals featured around town are but one manifestation of our citizen's interest in and heart for the arts. The huge artwork pieces gracing downtown buildings were coordinated by the Lake Wales Murals and Enhancement Board and were funded primarily by citizens and visitors. For an entire list and description of each mural featured in downtown Lake Wales, click the button below for more information.