Board of Directors for 2014-2015

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces its new Board of Directors for 2014-2015. 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 Arts and Design Society. 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 and NWFL Symphony Guild, Chris Manson with the Beachcomber, Jean Starkey with Stage Crafters, Gayle Vann, Events Chair, Bill Head, Volunteer Chair, Ann Abell with The Painting Vine, James K Baughman, Sr, Author, 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

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 

OAA Grant Application

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance will be giving $4000 in grants to  local non-profits and schools within Okaloosa County to aid in their art and/or cultural programs for 2015.  Grant applications are due Dec 15, 2014 and winners will be notified on Jan 9, 2015.  For questions or comments, please email Amy at

Emerald Coast Concert Association Donates $12,000 to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) recently received a generous donation over $12,000 from the Emerald Coast Concert Association to support the Okaloosa Arts Alliance’s grant fund and events hosted by the Okaloosa Arts Alliance. The OAA will be awarding grants in January from the generous donation.  Grant applications will be available to all non-profit organizations and schools in Okaloosa County starting in November

with the grant application deadline being Dec 15, 2014. The Emerald Coast Concert Association has brought many wonderful concerts to
Okaloosa County over the past 50 years. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance greatly appreciates the Emerald Coast Concert Association generous donation that will enable other arts organizations and the OAA to host and promote arts and cultural events in Okaloosa County.

Annual Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser- Sun, Jan 25, 2015 from 4-6pm at La Famiglia in HarborWalk Village, Destin.  Tickets are $25 each or two for $45.00 (OAA members get $5 off).  Salute the Arts! Join friends and avid supporters of the Arts in Okaloosa County by  attending this annual event that offers fine wines paired with samplings of authentic Italian cuisine prepared by La Famiglia on the Harbor. Enjoy live entertainment, spectacular views along the Destin Harbor, along with opportunities to win tickets to multiple local events. All proceeds benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.  Email Amy at for tickets or more information. 

Wine Reception Tickets