Board of Directors for 2013-2014

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces its new Board of Directors for 2013-2014. The Executive Board of Directors are: President-Keri Woods with Pyramid Inc., Vice President- Ken Hair with Children in Crisis , Treasurer-Susan Kneller, Chair of the OAA Grants Committee, and Secretary-Becky Belcher with the Emerald Coast Concert Association. The Board of Directors are: Nellie Bogar with the Youth Village, Demetrius Fuller with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Ursel Behnken with the German Club, Delores Merrill with the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of NWFL State College, Chris Manson with the Beachcomber, Jean Starkey with Stage Crafters, Gayle Vann with HarborWalk Village, Isabel Smith-Artist, Tony Akers with the Ceramic Studio, Pat Federinko-Artist, and Bill Johnston with the Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.

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. 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 for more information.

Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

Spring Fest Recap & OAA Poster Contest Winners

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank On The Coast Magazine, HarborWalk Village and everyone who participated in the Spring Fest.    On the Coast Magazine and Okaloosa Arts Alliance joined together to host Spring Fest at HarborWalk Village on Sat, May 17, 2014. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank our sponsors: Drama Kids, Childcare Network and Hometown Builders. Thank you for donations to the silent auction from: White-Wilson Medical Center, Emerald Coast Concert Association, Seablaster, Ramada Plaza, Beach Resort, Southern Vacation Rentals, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Bill Head, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Pat Federinko, Wyndham Resorts, Act4Murder, Papa Murphys, German Club, Destin Commons Belk, A.C. Moore, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Fudpuckers, Children in Crisis, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Special Touch Gallery, and Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi.  Thank you to the volunteers from A.C. Moore and Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County, and to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance & On The Coast Magazine volunteers. Thank you to all of the vendors and performers at the Spring Fest and to everyone who came out to enjoy the Fest. 
​The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 6th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.  Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 306 entries were on display at the Spring Fest.   There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for Elementary School (K-4 grade) and Middle School (5-7 grade) and High School (8-12 grade).   The winners will all receive gift cards ranging from $25 to $75. Eglin Federal Credit Union provided all the first place winners gift cards, and the Fort Walton Beach Wal-mart, the Destin Wal-mart, the Niceville Wal-mart, Sam’s Club, Mary Esther Target provided 2nd and 3rd  place winners gift cards. The contest theme was "Summer Fun" Participating Schools include: Liza Jackson Prep School, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Homeschool, Florosa Elementary, Elliot Point Elementary, Bluewater Elementary, Plew Elementary, Ruckel Middle School, Walker Elementary, Eglin After School Care, Fort Walton Beach High School, Meigs Middle School and Edwins Elementary.  And the winners are:  Elementary
School (K-4)- 1st Place Winner-Joseph Fagundes-3rd grade-Bluewater Elementary  2nd Place Winner- Ronald Gurney-2nd grade- Plew Elementary 3rd Place Winner-Olin Wolfgram-4th grade-Liza Jackson Prep School Middle School (5-7 Grade)-1st Place- Ora Wolfgram-7th grade-Liza Jackson Prep School 2nd Place- Avaree Hosford-7th grade-Rocky Bayou Christian School 3rd Place- Gabriel Fidler-7th grade-Rocky Bayou Christian School  High School (8-12 Grade)- 1st Place- Andrea DeJesus-12th grade-Fort Walton Beach High School 2nd place- Nina Brown-8th grade- Liza Jackson Prep School 3rd place- Asaintah Olshfski-8th grade- Rocky Bayou Christian School

Florida Arts Tag

1. 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.
2. Each OAA member will receive a 10% discount at OAA events each year they renew their arts tag. 
3. You can easily renew your specialty tag each year online.
4. The FL Art Tag looks great and  shows that you support the Arts 

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. For more information on the "State of the Arts" tag go to