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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

A diversity of cultural amenities enhances the quality of life in Florida’s heartland. Numerous museums, art exhibits, art shows, craft fairs and performing arts presentations contribute to a lively cultural atmosphere in Highlands County.

The Highlands Art League (HAL) offers classes in painting, sculpture and crafts for all ages. The annual Arts Festival in November in downtown Sebring draws attendees from around the state and nation. HAL also holds the Artist of the Month Reception during Downtown Gallery Walk the second Friday each month. In addition, Highlands MOTA (Museum of the Arts), across from HLT, has an ongoing schedule of Contemporary Art exhibits with an exhibition entitled “Journeys,” in conjunction with the Florida Humanities Council and the Smithsonian, which opened in December 2012.

Allen Altvater Cultural Center

Located near the center of downtown is the Allen Altvater Cultural Center, which houses the Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring Public Library and the Sebring Historical Society. Performing arts and live theater are very well represented by Highlands Little Theater, an organization of committed volunteers who present the highest quality in musical, variety and dramatic theater on a year-round schedule. Dedicated and talented local directors, actors and musicians provide performance quality usually found in larger metropolitan areas.

The Theatre for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College is a recently renovated 1,460-seat, state-of-the-art venue that is seldom seen in a community of our size.The Artist Series presents a variety of world renowned talent that entertains and enriches area residents. The Matinee Series offers winter visitors a wide variety of outstanding performances. The Jazz and Kaleidoscope series presents an eclectic lineup of performances in the intimate 245-seat University Center Auditorium. Visitors can also stop by the Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) located in the Theatre for the Performing Arts to see many exhibits depicting Florida’s art and history.

Picturesque railroad stations are home to historical museums in Avon Park and Lake Placid, where visitors can explore the unique and fascinating histories of these communities. The historical museum in Avon Park also offers facilities for private parties. The historic Sebring Railroad Station, still in active use for daily Amtrak service, has undergone a complete restoration and has again become a favorite place to visit or just to watch the trains come and go.

Children’s Museum

Open for over 20 years, the Children’s Museum of the Highlands provides a fun, safe venue for children to learn and explore. Through exhibits and ongoing programs, the museum provides ways for children to enhance their curiosity, develop their imagination and learn, while enjoying the interactive exhibits. From pretending to cook and serve in a diner to sitting in a real racecar, the Museum offers hours of imaginative play in over 30 different exhibit areas. The nonprofit museum is located at 219 North Ridgewood Drive in downtown Sebring and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A small admission fee is charged to children and adults.

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