To honor the French language and culture during the internationally recognized La Francophonie month of March, the Polk Museum of Art is hosting a free-of-charge La Francophonie Celebration on Saturday, March 23, from 12-4 pm.

This French-focused education program sanctioned by the Organisation international de la Francophonie in Paris coincides with the closing of the Museum’s three-month long Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition.

La Francophonie Celebration is a family-friendly event with fun for all ages honoring the internationally recognized day to celebrate French language and culture.

While all activities are kid-friendy, we are especially excited about the hands-on art activities and music and dance performances highlighted in the schedule below.


12:00 pm Florida Southern College Woodwind Quintet Performance
12:15 pm Opening Ceremony & Proclamation Presentation to French Dignitaries
12:40 pm Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist Curator Tour
1:40 pm Polk State College Pearl of Nation Haitian Creole Dance & Poetry Performance
2:10 pm Florida Southern Symphony Orchestra Performance
2:30 pm Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist Curator Tour
2:40 pm Polk State College French Literary & Poetry Performance
3:10 pm Florida Southern Voice/Opera Program & Music Department Performances
3:30 pm Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist Curator Tour
3:40 pm Florida Dance Theatre Performance

Throughout the afternoon, art activities for all ages and abilities will be offered in the Student Art Gallery. Participants will be given the option to create an observational pastel painting of a 3-D Eiffel Tower or a 2-D landscape image of France, Canada, Haiti, Belgium, Monaco, or Switzerland to take home.

All activities and performances are open to the public at no admission cost. French cuisine and beverages will available to purchase at outdoor food trucks positioned in the Museum parking lot, along with café tables and seating, for family dining.

For more information, please visit

La Francophonie Day Polk Museum of Art

About the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a not-for-profit academic fine art museum dedicated to promoting inspirational and engaging arts experiences for all. It is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and the only art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums serving the 666,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 am–5 pm Tuesdays–Saturdays; 1-5 pm Sundays (closed Sundays June 1 through Labor Day) and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free year-round, thanks to the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, the Share Foundation, and Southern Homes (Amy & Ed Laderer). The Museum is fully accessible.