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About the Council

Lakeland Mayor’s Council on the Arts is a group formed by a resolution of the Lakeland City Commission on June 16, 2014. The purpose of the Council is to further the enhancement, promotion, and support of Lakeland’s arts community and its associated creative economy. By majority vote of the Lakeland City Commission, local arts organizations were named to the group. Each arts organization on the resolution names a representative to serve on the Council. These representatives meet formally six times per year. 

The Council’s primary work includes promoting the annual City of Lakeland grant program for eligible arts organizations. Additionally, the Council will oversee any public art selection(s) associated with capital projects within the Lakeland municipality.


A Message from the Chair

Dear Arts Enthusiasts,

Thank you for visiting LKLD Arts! Whether you live in Lakeland or visiting, you have an opportunity to experience arts, culture, and heritage every day. From exciting live performances to extensive public art, there is something for everyone.

Lakeland residents have valued the arts for decades. All of our top-tier arts organizations started out as grassroots initiatives ran by volunteers. Now, we make up a multi-million dollar creative economy focused on advancing Lakeland’s reputation as a place to live, work, play, and be creative.

Every CEO I have ever met agrees that creativity, innovation, and good business go hand in hand. A community with a sustainable and relevant arts and culture industry helps to inspire the ongoing advancements in our community.

I invite you to visit the calendar, find an event, buy a ticket, or enjoy a sculpture. There is something for everyone and we all make up LKLD Arts.


Kerry Falwell signature

Kerry Falwell  |  Chair, Lakeland Mayor’s Council on the Arts

“The arts scene in Lakeland continues to grow and flourish through the collaborative work of the council. The collective energy of everyone involved reflects our commitment to provide art experiences to all people.”

Sara Roberts McCarley | Lakeland City Commissioner

Council Members

  • Bill Mutz | Mayor of the City of Lakeland
  • Emily Colon | Assistant City Manager for the City of Lakeland
  • Sara Roberts McCarley | City Commissioner, City of Lakeland
  • Kerry Falwell | Florida Children’s Museum, Council Chair
  • Jermaine Thornton | Florida Dance Theatre
  • Beth Gibbs | Florida Southern College
  • Kevin LeVine | Harrison School for the Arts
  • Ashley Miller | Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Polk County
  • Alan Reynolds | Lakeland Community Theatre
  • Marcus Norvell | Lakeland Concert Band
  • Laura Rodriguez | Lakeland Vision, Inc.
  • Cynthia Haffey | Platform Art
  • Daryl Ward | Polk Arts Alliance
  • Dr. Alex Rich | Polk Museum of Art
  • Pal Powell | Polk Museum of Art
  • Leslie Sikora | Polk Theatre
  • Kim Long | Polk Vision, Inc.
  • Cindy Collins | RP Funding Center
  • Charles Hulin | Southeastern University
  • Lesley Chambers | At-Large Member
  • Chanda Frederick | At-Large Member
  • Brad Lunz | At-Large Member
  • Mike Maguire | At-Large Member
  • Betsy Bohrer | At-Large Member
  • Georgia Lynn | At-Large Member
  • Pam Page | City of Lakeland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts
  • Lakeland Art Guild | At-Large Member