Polk Museum of Art















Sandra Dimsdale Horan

Public Relations & Marketing Manager

863.688.7743,  ext. 235


November 13, 2013




Thanks to Chao Foundation’s Partnership, 

Thursdays Will Be Free at PMoA

Philanthropic Organization Is Museum’s Exhibition Sponsor


LAKELAND – Polk Museum of Art is proud to announce an agreement with the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation that will enable the Museum to offer free admission to everyone on Thursdays year-round. Admission will be waived for all visitors to the Museum on Thursdays beginning November 14.


“We are grateful to the Chao Foundation for selecting the Polk Museum of Art as one of the many cultural organizations in the country to receive their support,” said Claire Orologas, executive director of Polk Museum of Art. “There is a deep understanding on their part regarding the role the arts play in enriching the lives of all citizens.”


As part of the foundation’s new agreement with the Museum, the foundation will be supporting about a dozen exhibitions over the coming year, including permanent collection shows, exhibitions featuring works by Florida artists, and exhibitions on loan from institutions such as the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


In recent months, the Museum has announced two similar corporate partnership agreements. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, the presenting sponsor of Mayfaire by-the-Lake, is underwriting the cost of admission on Saturdays, and BB&T, presenting sponsor of the Smithsonian exhibition this fall, is underwriting the cost of admission on Fridays. The Museum anticipates establishing six to eight such partnerships over the next five years, and each of the corporate partners will be able to specify which day of the week they want to sponsor.




Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum 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 Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for Museum members. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older). Children and students with student IDs are admitted for free. Special exhibition fees may apply. Admission is free to all on Thursdays, thanks to our partnership with the Chao Foundation; Fridays, thanks to our BB&T; and Saturdays,thanks to MIDFLORIDA. The Museum is fully accessible. 800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland, Florida. Phone (863) 688-7743 Fax (863) 688-2611



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