Arts Education @ The Center

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The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to announce our 2018 - 2019 Tom Bishop Education Initiative!

The Vision

The Tom Bishop Education Initiative (TBEI) is an extensive education plan aiming to supply performing and visual arts services for Lake Wales and the greater Polk County area. These arts services will provide our residents the opportunity to experience top-tier music and visual arts education at an affordable cost. 

The History

Our Education Initiative embodies the standard of excellence put forth by revered music educator Tom Bishop during his time as the band director of Lake Wales High School. Mr. Bishop was the band director from 1957-1970. During his tenure, he amassed over 26 superior ratings at district and state music contests. He was inducted into the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a beloved member of the Lake Wales community.


Class Schedule

*Please note that our schedule is subject to change*

After School: 3pm - 7pm (Starting in September)


Pottery and Clay

Youth Chorale

Guitar Ensemble

Folk Music Ensemble

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble


Community Band

Community String Orchestra

*Classes will be available for youth and adults*

Home School Classes

The Lake Wales Arts Council will be offering an "Arts Day" on Wednesdays starting in September for all homeschoolers. Class Time will be from 9am - 2:30pm and will feature the following courses:

  • Theater/Drama

  • Band/String Orchestra

  • Chorus

  • Painting/Drawing

  • Pottery and Clay

Registration will open for students on August 1st, 2018. Courses are limited to class size, so it's important to enroll early. Sign up below to receive more information about our education initiative, pricing, and FAQ.






Andrew Allen