Downtown Lakeland might not spring to mind when you think of a winter wonderland, but thanks to PCPS students, it’s certainly not lacking in holiday atmosphere.
For the past few years, a team of artists from our high schools have treated downtown Lakeland as their canvas, painting storefront windows with custom holiday and winter scenes.
Visual arts instructor Sherry Ross started the initiative in 2018 in partnership with the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). The student artists she recruited were able to earn community service hours, while also practicing their talents in a way that could lead to future business opportunities.
“They are always so proud of their work and the response it gets from the community,” said Ross, of Auburndale High.
This year’s group of painters includes students and alumni from Auburndale, Lake Gibson and Tenoroc high schools, as well as McKeel Academy.
You can see their work featured on the windows of Escapology, Explorations V Children’s Museum, the LDDA office, Lakeland Escape Room, Mitchell’s Coffee House, Rec Room, Teriyaki Madness, Traditions Unlimited, and Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi.