Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County



Youth Village -  

Youth Village is a 501C3 non-profit organization located in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. We began in 1999 as an after-school program and summer camp for children in grades K-8.  We provide adult supervision during non-school hours in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment that lends itself to the continued educational and social development of our youth. Since inception, we have served over 3,000 children!

We have now incorporated a pre-school for children ages 3-5 into our current program for students in grades K-8 and we are now a year-round, full-day program which is open from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday – Friday.  For more information, please see our website:  www.ouryouthvillage.org

Emerald Coast Theatre Company-  Educational classes, performances, Adult classes, professional theatre and more.  Details of the different shows and programs available at http://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/

Young Philosophers Society- Providing enrichment classes in music, arts, yoga, and academia. YPS practices inclusion - ALL children, regardless of learning styles, are welcome! For more information and a calendar of events go to https://www.facebook.com/youngphilosopherssociety/

Heritage Museum- Check ongoing educational tours, Homeschool Fridays, and Heritage Alive Classes.  For more information go to https://heritage-museum.org/

The Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music- The Conservatory targets middle and high school students, supporting band and choral directors to encourage students to continue in music education. Additionally, the Conservatory is the only institution of its kind, truly dedicated to only music performance education without the need to focus on sales to remain viable. To learn more about the music lesson opportunities go to https://www.growyourgiftmusic.com/music/

The Crestview Public Library’s Writers Support Group meets 6-8p on the fourth Monday of every month. For more information, email Tami Kidd at tamilynnkidd@gmail.com.

The Emerald Coast Chorus- (a men's chorus) invites guests, singers, and those that just want to listen, to our weekly rehearsal. You are welcome to just listen or join in. We have guest songbooks and use the "buddy" system to help our guests as they sing with us. We meet every Thursday evening (7:00 pm) at the Shalimar United Methodist Church located at # 1 Old Ferry Rd, Shalimar, FL. Please contact 844-646-4377 for more information. 

WEEKLY ADSO CLASSES / OPEN STUDIO-  Currently closed, but offering online classes at  https://artsdesignsociety.org/workshops/  For further details visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.  

Clay and Pottery Open Studio-
Monday and Wednesday, 9am-noon / Monday evening, 6:30pm-9pm; Monday/Wednesday morning Instructors: Pat Basque and Sherry Cooler  Monday evening Instructor: Marcy Eady. Working with clay, hand building or wheel throwing.
Cost per session: Monday/Wednesday am: $12/Member; $15/ Non-Member Monday pm: $12/Member; $15 Non-Member  Materials and firing included. Beginners welcome.

Oil Painting, Chiaroscuro technique
 Tuesday, 9 am - 1 pm; Instructor: Dale Gauvin; Using lights and darks, students learn to paint in the style of the Old Masters.  Cost per month: $80/Member; $90/ Non-Member

Art Class for Children-
Ages 6-12 Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm; Instructor: Marcy Eady-Using principles of basic drawing, painting, and sculpture, students learn about the master artists and their styles; media vary each week.  Cost per month: $60/Member; $70/ Non-Member (All supplies included.)

Open Studio-
 Tues 7 – 9:30 PM, Friday 10 AM – 12:30 PM; We are continuing Open Studio Tuesday nights and Friday mornings. Members may work on all forms of art except clay, which is not permitted in Open Studio. Students planning to work on Tuesday nights should call Marcy Eady at 585-4967, up to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, to ensure access to the studio. To access Open Studio on Friday mornings, participants MUST enter through the Office, not the Studio front door. Bring your own supplies and your own project and work with other artists. No instruction.  Cost: $10 member/$12 non-member. 

Photography Group
(Meets in the Gallery), 3rd Wednesday of month, 6-8 pm All photographers from beginner to professional are welcome; the group's mission is to encourage fellowship and to provide a place where photographers may discuss and exhibit their work. Cost: N/A. 

Book Study/Discussion Group-
 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 5-6 pm; Current discussion based on book “A Whack on the Head: How You Can Be More Creative,” by Roger van Oech. Cost: N/A.

Life Drawing,
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 6 - 9 PM  Hone your drawing skills with the human figure. Bring your pencils & paper. No instruction.  Cost: $15 member / $18 non-member (May change depending on the number of artists.) No photography is allowed.

Life Drawing / Life Painting session- 
3rd Saturday 9 am–12:30 pm No instructor.  Students bring their own materials and work in any drawing or painting media. No photography will be allowed. There are two models per session - one does short poses and the other does a single, long pose.  Cost: $15 per single session, plus a tip for the model. ADSO members may purchase a discount card good for 4 sessions for $50 (available from Mike at session).  Advance registration and payment is requested, by calling (244-1271) or going by the ADSO office, Tuesday-Friday, noon- 4 pm. For further information: Mike Radford (850-803-5707).

Poetry & Music Jam-The Crestview Public Library’s monthly open-mic for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome, even if you don't write poetry or play music. Free. Contact Esther at the Library 850-682-4432 (ehurwitz@okaloosa.lib.fl.us) for more information.   Robert L.F. Sikes Crestview Public Library -1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview, FL  32539

Stone Soup Third Thursday Poetry Jam, a monthly open-mic reading at LJ Schooners® Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Poets, writers and spoken word artists are invited to perform in our intimate marina setting where we also serve up appetizers and cold refreshments with a spectacular view of our beautiful NW Florida sunsets. Hosted by Esther Hurwitz, Poetry Coordinator at the Robert LF Sikes Library, and C.J. Hinely of LJ Schooners. Everyone is welcome, even if you don't write poetry or prose. Free. For more information, contact stonesouppoetryjam@gmail.com, call the Marina at 850.897.2821 or check our website http://bluewaterbaymarina.com/schooners.

 ADSO Window Gallery Display:  To provide a convenient Art Gallery for the Community, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long free drive-by exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach.  While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, our office and Gallery are currently closed. After re-opening, office hours are 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and the Gallery, which is free to the public, is open also from 1 pm-4 pm, Saturday. The Art Center Gallery is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.


Oct 29 & 30

Cabaret on the BOO-levard-Everyone's favorite special event of the year is here! On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 the Cabaret on the BOO-levard will feature local professional actors, our teaching artists, and our award-winning singing and dancing teens. Running for two nights this cabaret features songs from all of your favorite spooky Broadway shows like Wicked, Into the Woods, Addams Family and more. So have the family dress up in their favorite Halloween costume (there just might be a costume contest!), and get ready for a fun night on the Boulevard!  
For tickets and safety protocol go to www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org
Oct 30-31

MKAF Festival of the Arts- The Festival of the Arts, one of the Southeast’s premier art festivals showcases over 65 premier artists plus collaborative artists from the United States and Europe. Artists compete for $10,000 in cash awards representing 18 different mediums in an outdoor walking exhibit production.  Additional amenities include live music, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, and an adult/student collaborative art exhibit.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 26th Annual Festival of the Arts featuring over 65 fine artists from the United States who will be exhibiting their original art ranging from acrylic, ceramics graphic printmaking, metal, watercolor, collage, digital art, jewelry, clay, pen and ink, mosaic, mixed media, photography, oil, fiber, sculpture, pottery, wood and more.  

Explore a diverse palette of artistic styles and spend time meeting the artists, discovering their inspiration, and adding to your own collection.
Enjoy live entertainment both days.  Local food trucks and restaurants will be serving your favorite cuisine.  MKAF will be selling beer and wine. Please contact MKAF at 850-650-2226 for details. For more information go to ​https://mkaf.org/events/

Nov 5 & 6

ECTC Teen Players Present: The Addams Family- 
NOVEMBER  5  at  7:30pm
NOVEMBER  6  at  2pm,  4:30pm  &  7:30pm
The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

For tickets and safety protocol go to www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org

Nov 6

Clay with a Purpose, Instructor: Marcy Eady- Saturday, November 6, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Project –A Dr. Seuss Cottage Cost: $17 member / $20 non-member; Materials and firing included, Level: Beginner and Advanced. 
Participants will learn basic pottery skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This class is for beginners with no clay experience and also those who want to brush up on their skills and get together and have some fun working with clay. The first part of the class we will make the piece, the last part we will glaze it. You will be able to take home the finished piece once fired. For more information go to https://artsdesignsociety.org/product/clay-with-a-purpose-instructor-marcy-eady/

Nov 11

​Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Wine Walkabout at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Destin- Join us on Thursday, November 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the 9th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Wine Walkabout at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Destin. Enjoy tasting stations, visit with vintners from Tournesol, Thompson31-Fifty, Revana, Polaris, plus additional vintners. Enjoy live music, wall of wine pull, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres by Ruth's Chris, + more. New this year: all-vintner dinner following the walkabout (for an additional cost).
*Proceeds benefit MKAF and its ArtsReach education initiatives throughout the community. MKAF members receive $10 off   Please contact MKAF at 850-650-2226 for details. For more information go to ​https://mkaf.org/events/

Nov 13
Classical Mystery Tour
- A high goosebump quotient!  Los Angeles Times
Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. What would that have sounded like? Find out for yourself when the Classical Mystery Tour performs live with Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some two dozen Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard-edged “I Am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical MysteryTour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live.​  Go to https://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.

Nov 27

Clay with a Purpose, Instructor: Marcy Eady-Saturday, November 27, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Project – Two Whimsical Christmas Trees; Cost: $17 member / $20 non-member; Materials and firing included
Level: Beginner and Advanced. Participants will learn basic pottery skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This class is for beginners with no clay experience and also those who want to brush up on their skills and get together and have some fun working with clay. The first part of the class we will make the piece, the last part we will glaze it. You will be able to take home the finished piece once fired. For more information go to https://artsdesignsociety.org/product/clay-with-a-purpose-instructor-marcy-eady-2/

Dec 4

Ceramic Lasagna Pan, Instructor: Charlotte Snyder-Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10AM-12PM, Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member
Materials and firing included, Level: Beginner and Advanced; advance registration is required.
In this class students will learn basic pottery skills while making a ceramic lasagna pan measuring 2.5”x 9”x13”, approximately. Pans will get a clear glaze and be ready for pick up once glazed and fired. The color of the finished pans will be a nice tan with speckles. Go to https://artsdesignsociety.org/product/ceramic-lasagna-pan-instructor-charlotte-snyder/ for more information.

Dec 10
Holiday Pops-
Join Sinfonia at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Church of Destin for the most festive holiday concert along the Gulf Coast featuring singer/actor of the stage and screen Nicholas Rodriguez. Bring the entire family to this performance with all of your holiday favorites featuring the incredible vocal selections of Mr. Rodriguez. From holiday classics to Broadway to the great American Songbook, this festive twist of music will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Tickets $29.50 - $55.00 Go to https://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.
Jan 7

The Lords of 52nd Street- They are New York’s favorite band, they sold more than 150 million records, they helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound, and they continue to perform their legendary hits still to this day. The Piano Man’s original band mates; Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors and Richie Cannata are The Lords of 52nd Street! Tickets available August 23, 2021. For more information go to ​https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/the-lords-of-52nd-street/

Jan 8

CLASSICAL CONNECTIONS: An Evening with Chris Brubeck and Time for Three- Saturday, January 8, 2022
7:30 p.m. at Village Church of Destin. Tickets $29.50 - $55.00   “A composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.”
The Chicago Tribune. Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience Time For Three (TF3) live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world.

Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck continues to distinguish himself as an innovative performer and composer. An award-winning composer, he is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music and no stranger to the Sinfonia stage. Paired with Time For Three, an incredible jam session will ensue culminating in the Southeast U.S. premiere of Chris’s concerto for the boys entitled “Travels in Time for Three.” Go to https://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.

March 12

CLASSICAL CONNECTIONS: The Soldier's Tale: Music of Stravinsky & Mozart- Saturday, March 12, 2022
7:30 p.m at Destin High School Auditorium. Tickets $29.50 - $45.00  Sinfonia Assistant Conductor Aaron King Vaughn leads the orchestra in this concert of riveting repertoire including Igor Stravinsky’s “The Solider’s Tale” complete with theatrical narration and W.A. Mozart’s whimsically charming “Symphony no. 29 in A Major. The perfect classical concert for the entire family. Go to https://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.

April 30
- Saturday, April 30, 2022,  at 7:30 p.m. at Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
Tickets $29.50 - $55.00. Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by Sinfonia Gulf Coast!
The year is 1936, and professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.
Perfect for the entire family! family. Go to https://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.