Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County


 Calendar


 ***PLEASE STAY SAFE AND CHECK WITH THE ARTIST OR ORGANIZATION FOR ALL EVENTS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN POSTPONED OR CANCELED!

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.



CALL TO ARTISTS- 


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July 25

​Jesus Christ Superstar- A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers, and the Roman Empire. For more information go to  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/jesus-christ-superstar/2021-07-25/

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Sept 9- Oct 7

MKAF Fall Concert- Fall concert season, concert-goers can expect exciting performances from an incredible lineup of artists.
2021 MKAF Fall Concert Lineup
September 9, 2021  - Velcro Pygmies
September 16, 2021 - Ultimate Neil Young/Bob Dylan Tribute
September 23, 2021 - Kickstand Jenny 
September 30, 2021 - Chasin’ Jaymie
October 7, 2021 - The Heather Hayes Experience
Gates open at 6 PM with concerts beginning at 7 PM for this come-as-you-are family-friendly outdoor concert series. Bring a lawn chair, picnic, wine, or purchase food and beverages on-site prepared by featured restaurants and food trucks.
Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite. Admission for all concerts is $15 for adults, children (12 and under), and MKAF members are free.
Those interested in becoming an MKAF member can learn more at MKAF.org. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All sales are final; sorry, no refunds. Pets, tables larger than two feet, and drones are not permitted. 
A limited number of VIP tables (provides a reserved table and seating with admission for up to 8 guests) are available. Please contact MKAF at 850-650-2226 for details. For more information go to ​https://mkaf.org/events/

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Oct 20​

Master Chef Live!​-The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with past MasterChef & MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages.
Celebrate all things MasterChef with a VIP Package. Limited packages are available that include a premium seat, meet and greet experience, signed show poster, photo opportunities, and more. It’s a recipe for a guaranteed good time! Bring the whole family to see MasterChef Live! Get your tickets today! Tickets are available August 23, 2021.  For more information go to ​https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/master-chef-live/
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Jan 7, 2022

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/