Join us at the second salon for the Friends of Freedom public art monument project. This speaker series, Visual Narratives of History and Heritage, is a set of discussions with local historians, museum curators, subject experts, artists, and more. Platform Art is installing a new public art sculpture in Veteran’s Memorial Park next year to commemorate the Spanish-American War (go here to learn more), and hosting a series of community conversations to complement it. 

On May 16, join us in-person or virtually for this humanities based program. View a short independent-film by local director and production company Kevin O’ Brien Films (see some of his work here) and learn about the history of the Spanish-American War.  Dr. Alex Rich, Professor of Art History and Director of the Polk Museum of Art at FSC, will give a visual presentation on art and conflict. Regional historian William Lloyd Harris will tie this global war into Lakeland’s very own local history. You can read his recent article on the subject in the Polk County Historical Quarterly here. 

Red Door is graciously hosting a pre-program reception for a limited audience (observing CDC guidelines).  You can make reservations using the button below. Virtual attendance also requires registration, so be sure to sign up to get the link!  

Visual Narratives of History and Heritage is supported in-part by Florida Humanities*; Polk County Tourism & Development; and the City of Lakeland, LkldArts.  Vital humanities and cultural arts programming are accessible and made possible because of you!

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

Register for May 16 Salon