Polk Museum of Art

The Junior Welfare League founded the all-volunteer Imperial Youth Museum in 1966. In 1968, the first professional director was employed; and in 1969, the Museum was renamed Polk Public Museum to reflect the broadened emphasis on art, history and science.
In 1970, the Board of Trustees purchased a vacant supermarket building from Florida Southern College, which doubled exhibition and classroom space. In addition, the Museum established a strong art education program, working closely with the School Board. In 1983, the American Association of Museums accredited the Museum and planning began for the first building campaign. As part of that endeavor, the name Polk Museum of Artヤ was adopted, reflecting the commitment to countywide outreach. The current facility was formally dedicated in September 1988 and opened debt-free.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

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