A town hall meeting Monday night brought city leaders together with leaders of recent social justice protests and the black community, yielding a mixture of agreement and contention about the state of police policy and race relations in Lakeland.More
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Pressed by a local activist group to continue to expand the city’s affordable housing, Mayor Bill Mutz agreed Tuesday night to work for the creation of a special trust fund.More
Concerts canceled. Galleries emptied. Fundraisers lost. Over the past eight weeks, it is not just small businesses in Lakeland that have lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arts organizations report they have collectively lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket sales, fees for classes, sponsorships, galas and promotional events.More
To the musical question — Do we really need another Christmas album? – Matt Wilbur has a ready answer.
“If the Christmas season stresses you out, you don’t need another Christmas album. But if you love Christmas, you can never have enough. There’s always one more Christmas decoration, one more Christmas album to have,” he said.More
In its ongoing quest for a wider audience, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra is tweaking its formula a bit as the 2019-2020 season gets underway. In its choice of venue, its educational strategy and its programming, the orchestra’s leadership is trying different approaches.More
In the 13 years it has been in business, Lakeland’s Indie Atlantic Films has carved out a niche in the video and film production industry, producing visuals for businesses, schools and colleges and nonprofit organizations. Now the company has produced its first feature-length film, a documentary that is getting some attention in the American film-festival circuit and already has won a couple of awards.More
Carol Erkes didn’t imagine she would go from being a dancer to an impresario, managing an arts organization instead of creating art. “I never had any intention of getting to where we are today. It snowballed,” she said.