$6 million. That’s how much an expansion of Polk Museum of Art will cost. The news broke in February of 2022 that the museum will face both a renovation and expansion for more exhibition space and educational experiences.
On Wed., Oct. 26, the museum broke ground on the expansion, which will add 13,000 sqft to the 34-year old building. This space will feature a gallery, classroom, and art laboratory. The main building will feature renovations to its facade, plus new flooring, updated galleries along the second floor, classrooms, and spaces for offices.
In the past, the museum was only able to feature a limited selection of pieces of art at any time. Upon the completion of the renovations and expansion, the spot will triple its exhibition space, allowing more room for additional exhibits and collections.
On top of the cosmetic updates, the museum, in partnership with Florida Southern College, will offer opportunities for students like internships, volunteer opportunities, and other groups to assist in professional development before graduation.
The work is slated to take roughly one year and should wrap up in the spring of 2024.