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20×20 format

June 8 | 5:30-6:30pm | Mirrorton

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A PechaKucha night Lakeland is in the works. You can submit a presenters to share a passion or drop some knowledge. PechaKucha’s 20×20 presentation format shows your 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. (PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese.) This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since that time, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide.

Friends of Freedom

Fundraising and Recognition Brunch

March 27 | 12:30pm | Join Now and RSVP for Address

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Honor our veterans and become a part of history
View new images of the monument and meet the artists

Project Partners to date
American Legion Post 4 | Buffalo Soldier M/C & Horse Cavalries | Chapters Health Foundation, Inc. | Polk County Veterans Council | Rodda Construction, LLC | Rotary Clubs of Lakeland

 Artists, Teachers and students
Becky Ault and Mike Cunningham, Lula Peoples, Lucile Pfund, Angela Fout, Hunter Wampler, Alexis, Natalya, Sydney, Angel, Taylor, Blaine, Jacob and Emily

Join Now and RSVP

Platform Kids

& Student Art Exhibit

April 3 | 12:30pm | Ridge Art Gallery

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Annual student showcase of visual and performance arts


First Friday: Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom

Friday, November 5 6 – 9pm; Parade begins 7pm Munn Park, Lakeland

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On Friday, November 5, Platform Art is partnering with the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority to present First Friday: Buffalo Soldiers of Florida. Join us at Munn Park in Lakeland for a parade featuring the 9th & 10th Buffalo Soldier Calvaries and the Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Clubs of Tampa and Orlando and see BSMC motorcycles and horses, and visit the BSMC tent to take your photo with the horses. The parade will begin at 7pm.

9th & 10th Buffalo Soldier Calvaries, Richard Wilder; and Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Clubs: Charles “Magic Man” Johnson; Tampa; Manny “DJ” McDuffie, Orlando; Harold “ChiTown” Moore, chaplain; and Nathan Westoff, Sons of AmVets Post 32, Lakeland.  

Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom Monument

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage: A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War

November 6 | 1-2:30 PM | Lakeland Loft Cigar Lounge and Jazz Bar

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On Saturday, November 6, join Platform Art for a reception and program on the Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom public art sculpture, a Florida Humanities* supported program. Subject experts share the history of the Spanish-American War and the Buffalo Soldiers who were stationed in Lakeland during 1898 for the military campaign to gain Cuba’s independence from Spain. 


Visual Narratives of History and Heritage:

A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War


Frank Bell, 2nd Vice President & Historian, 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry  and Cale Carter, II, Historian Black & Military History

African American Military History aka Buffalo Soldier Museum

Special guests

Lt. Col., Terry Coney, USAF (Ret), NAACP

Richard Wilder USA (Ret), Buffalo Soldiers Florida, Inc. & Living History Association

Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Clubs, Tampa & Orlando Chapters

hosted by
Lakeland Loft Cigar Bar & Jazz Lounge
108 S. Tennessee Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Special Thanks to
American Legion, Post 4

*Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this speaker series do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Veterans Day Friends of Freedom Public Announcement & ArtCrawl Festival

Saturday, November 6:

Friends of Freedom Public Announcement | 10am – 12pm | Veterans Memorial Park, Lakeland
Veteran’s Parade | 11:30am – 12:30pm | Veterans Memorial Park, Lakeland to Munn Park, Lakeland
ArtCrawl Festival9am – 4pm Munn Park, Lakeland (contact: Ellen Chastain)
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Colonel, Gary Clark, USAF (Ret), Polk County Veterans’ Council

Richard Wilder USA (Ret), Buffalo Soldiers Florida, Inc. & Living History Association

Buffalo Soldiers of Florida Motorcycle Clubs, Tampa/Orlando

Becky Ault, Art Research Enterprises, Inc.

ArtCrawl, Inc.

Cuba, Spanish-American War to Present

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage: Club de Hispano, Hispanic Festival

Saturday, October 23 1:30 – 3pm | Magnolia Building, Lake Mirror, Lakeland

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On Saturday, October 23, join Platform Art for Cuba: Spanish-American War to Present, part of a speaker series on Florida and the Spanish-American War. This event is hosted in conjunction with the Hispanic Festival at the Magnolia Building on Lake Mirror, Lakeland. Preview Those Men That Came Before; experience history through presentations on Cuban history from the Spanish-American War to present.

CUBA: Spanish-American war to present

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage:

A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War


Those Men That Came Before

Kevin O’Brien Films, produced by Platform Art, Inc.

Mariel Boat Lift

Jose Garcia, Ph.D., Spanish and Latin American Studies at FSC 

Success in Exile

Teresa Martinez, Viva Polk

Contemporary Hispanic Artists

Fernando Hernandez & Evelyn Pena, YborArtFactory

Sponsored in part by

Florida Humanities and Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

CORE Wealth Advisors, Inc. presents Patrons & Members Appreciation Reception

Wednesday, July 28 | 5 – 6:30pm Core Wealth Advisors, Inc., 124 S. Florida Ave, Ste 400

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On Wednesday, July 28, CORE Wealth Advisors will host a reception for patrons and members of Platform Art. This is an informal social hour, including a screening of the short-film, Those Men That Came Before, and a public art highlight. 

CORE Wealth Advisors, Inc.


Platform Art Patrons & Members Appreciation Reception

Those Men That Came Before, Kevin O’Brien Films

Platform Art Public Art Highlight

Reception, Libations, Hors d’oeuvres and Conversation

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Artful Bowl

Saturday, June 26 | 7 – 10pm | Mirrorton Community, 600 E. Bay St., Lakeland

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On Saturday, June 26, Platform Art is hosting Artful Bowl at the Mirrorton Community in downtown Lakeland. Artful Bowl is an annual art party and fundraiser to support the creation of public art. This non-traditional casual-gala event includes unexpected non-stop entertainment, great fun, food and libations. Experience spectacular entertainment across genres, from visual art and film, to fashion and live performances. Each year, all attendees take home a hand-made original ceramic bowl made by regional artist and entrepreneur, Randy Glotfelty, JenKen Kilns.

Hosted in the remarkable new Mirrorton, a Frameworks Group development in downtown Lakeland, Artful Bowl will be the first public event held in the beautifully designed, spacious community building. It is a model development with extraordinary amenities, fine art installations, resort style pool, and manicured grounds. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the space and take-in the original art installations, some of which were commissioned in partnership with Platform Art.  

Artful Bowl 2021 supports Friends of Freedom, a bronze sculpture commemorating the Spanish-American War, designed and fabricated by Becky Ault, Art Research Enterprises, Inc. The public art monument incorporates high relief visual narratives of the Cuban War for Independence; commemorating the Infantries and Calvarys involved in the military campaign; and recognizing the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers stationed in Lakeland. Friends of Freedom is commissioned by the Veterans Council of Florida and will be installed in Veterans Memorial Park, 2022.

Reserve Your Spot

A Splendid Little War

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage: A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War

Sunday, May 16 | 3:30 – 5pm | Red Door Lakeland, 733 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland

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On Sunday, May 16, join Platform Art at Red Door Lakeland for A Splendid Little War, a program supported in part by the Florida Humanities. Meet Teddy Roosevelt, listen to historical presentations by subject experts, and see the Platform Art documentary film premier: Those Men That Came Before. 


SFC W. Lloyd Harris USA (Ret), Polk County Historical Commission

LuAnn Mims, Lakeland Public Library

Alexander Rich, Ph.D., Polk Museum of Art

Teddy Roosevelt, Rough Riders

Those Men That Came Before Film Premiere, Kevin O’Brien Films

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Platform Kids

Sunday, February 28 | 5 – 6:30pm

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Annual student showcase of visual and performance arts
United Women’s Club of Lakeland, 1515 Williamsburg Square

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Cuban War of Independence

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage: A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War

Sunday, January 31 | 3:30- 5pm | Nineteen61, Lakeland

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Dr. James Michael Denham, Director of the L. M. Chiles Center for Florida History at FSC

Dr. Jose Garcia, Professor of Hispanic Literature and Latin American Studies at FSC

Marcos Fernandez, Chef at Nineteen61, demonstrating Cuba’s culinary influences of Spain and Africa, with “Tastes of 1898”

Limited in-person attendance, but you can also join the event online.

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A special thank you to our 2020 members. Our work would not be possible without your generous support.

2020 2020 MEMBERS

Lisa Abberger, Kathy & Bruce Abels, Becky Ault, Terri Avent, Sue Bentley, Christine & Jon Boring, Donna & Terry Brigman, Kim Brunson & Laura Brunson Adams, Stevie Buck, Jean & David Bunch, Julie Burford, Andy Crossfield, Mike Cunningham, Sherri Riccio Diaz, Julianne & Nathan Dunham, Carolyn Ellington, Brittany & Andrew Fos, Lisa & Chuck Foss, Bonnie Franks, Lori & John Frost, Carolyn Fulme, Karla & Randy Glotfelty, Gary Gordon, Margaret & Bruce Grathwohl, Tony Guinn, Cynthia Haffey, Patricia Hendler, Alan Higgins, Nan Jameson-Lee & Bo Jackson, Kathryn Koch, Mary Kay Langford,Lyonal Lindsey, Bill Lippy, Victoria Lowe, Martha Lou & Jon Luce, James Luffman, Lynda & Tom Mack, Meri & Leonard Mass, Steve McConn Brandi & Chris McLaughlin, Mary Newton, Lynn & Paul Noris, Sally & Tom Petcoff, Sheila & Carlton Phelps, Victor Prebor, M. C. Pruitt, Trudy & Larry Rankin, Beatty & Maurice Raymond, Rita & Don Selvage, Sandra & Sam Sheets, Conni Shelnut, Susan Spelios Barbara & Mark Stampfl, Eugene S. Strickland, Marten Walters, Margaret Ann Wheeler, Shawn Wilson, Ana Wood


  • Early access to exclusive events, salons, and lectures

  • Support students seeking higher education and careers in the art field

  • Receive an invitation to Annual Sponsor/Member Salon

  • Learn details of new art projects in advance

  • Meet other art enthusiasts

  • Encourage a new generation of artists