The Future is Bright for Arts in Okaloosa County
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) is the officially designated arts agency for Okaloosa County. The purpose of OAA is to support and promote art and culture in Okaloosa County through a variety of means. These include:
- sponsoring workshops and seminars for arts organizations and individual artists
- providing grants to non-profit arts organizations
- offering art programs and performances in public schools
- acting as a clearinghouse for arts related information to art organizations and artists
- promoting corporate involvement in support of the arts
Since 1995 most of the art organizations in Okaloosa County have met and worked together as a committee of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida, headquartered in Pensacola. Early in 2004 these constituent groups decided that they could more efficiently promote the arts in Okaloosa County by becoming independent of the Council. Accordingly, the group incorporated as a Florida non-profit organization, Okaloosa Arts Alliance, Inc. and was designated by the Okaloosa County Commission as the Local Arts Agency for the county.
FIVE REASONS TO GET YOUR FL ARTS TAG TODAY
- The money received through the tag program in Okaloosa County is used to give out grants to arts organizations, schools, and individual artists in Okaloosa County.
- The OAA will give each individual who purchases the art tag a free one-year individual membership to the OAA.
- Each OAA member will receive a 10% discount each year they renew their arts tag.
- You can easily renew your specialty tag each year online.
The FL Art Tag looks great and shows that you support the Arts
Support the Okaloosa arts Alliance by purchasing a “State of the Arts” license plate from the Okaloosa County tag office. The Okaloosa County DMV tag office is a place that you can give charitably and make a personal statement. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) is the officially designated 501(C) 3 non-profit arts agency for Okaloosa County. The mission of the OAA is to enrich the quality of life in Okaloosa County by nurturing, encouraging and promoting art and culture in our county. The money received through the tag program is used to sponsor workshops for arts organizations and individual artists, offer art programs and performances in public schools, give out grants to arts organizations, schools, and individual artists, act as a clearinghouse for arts related information to art organizations and artists, and to promote corporate involvement in support of the arts in Okaloosa County. For more information on the “State of the Arts” tag go to http://www.florida-arts.org/getinvolved/artsplate/
"Compass For Your Cause" Program
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces its new "Compass for Your Cause" program in partnership with Compass Bank. All you need to do is open an account at Compass and the OAA will receive $50. You do not need to be a member of the Okaloosa Arts Alliance to participate in this program. Please see instructions from on how you can participate in this great program. Email me at email@example.com or Robin for more details.
"The affinity code for The Okaloosa Arts Alliance is 106984. This is the code anyone who opens an account with Compass will need to have this code at the time of account opening for the $50 one time credit the organization will receive. This cannot be corrected after the fact. Anyone who is an existing customer can also add the code to the account so that the organization can benefit from the 0.25% of debit card transaction donations. Anyone who is interested can reach me at 850.244.9156 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org"
OVAL Art Program
The OVAL Art program (Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lessons) is a series of lessons based on grade-appropriate art prints which have been selected by the School Board. The District also provides an OVAL manual. These lessons, about 30 minutes long each, are provided by volunteers who have been trained in the program. OVAL can be offered to grades K through 5. In these lessons, students learn about the lives and works of the selected artists, and also about some basic art principles (proportion and perspective) and art materials. Lessons are presented in a question-and-answer format, designed to enhance critical thinking skills through observation and comparison, and also in the form of drawing sessions using select works. These drawing projects measure and enhance direction-following skills, as well as visual interpretation of information, and problem-solving skills. Volunteers for OVAL do not need any artistic skills or background. The training session will teach the volunteer how to use the manual, how to create a lesson, and how to set up class sessions with a grade level. In addition, the trainer will be available throughout the year as a coach and mentor. There will be supplemental materials available to augment the OVAL materials. The teacher is always in the classroom with the OVAL volunteer, so class management is not a problem. This is a fun way to work with children, helping them learn about art and artists, developing skills which will carry over into other academic areas, and giving them the confidence to enjoy art in museum and other settings. PLEASE consider volunteering with OVAL! Email email@example.com for more information.