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 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-  Okaloosa's Got Talent-  Vocal DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2021- Details at https://www.okaloosaarts.org/2021-vocal---okaloosa-s-got-talent.html


CALL TO ARTISTS-  Okaloosa's Got Talent-  Dance Deadline April 19, 2021- Details at https://www.okaloosaarts.org/okaloosa-s-got-talent--dance.html


CALL TO ARTISTS-  Okaloosa's Got Talent-  Theatre Deadline April 30, 2021- Details at https://www.okaloosaarts.org/okaloosa-s-got-talent--theatre.html



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March 19- April 9

Sunset Celebrations- As the sun sets, stroll along the Harbor and enjoy local artists, live music, and family-friendly activities. Every Friday at 5:00 pm during Spring Break.
Are you a local artist interested in participating in the Sunset Celebration? Email the form at the link (https://bit.ly/3dCgBHG) to events@harborwalkvillage.com. Space is limited!​
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March 26- May 6

MKAC Galleries: Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition & Arts Faculty Exhibition  March 26 @ 10:00 am - May 6 @ 4:00 pm. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/mkac-galleries-arnie-hart-juried-student-exhibition-arts-faculty-exhibition/

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April 2 & 3

Dance Facets: 2021 April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dance Facets is an annual dance concert hosted by the Northwest Florida State College Department of Dance. The production showcases many styles of dance -- ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary -- and features choreography from students, faculty, and guest choreographers. This year's concert will also feature a special guest appearance by Pittman Magic, Juggling, and Comedy.  Please join us for an extraordinary evening of dance on Friday, April 2 and Saturday April 3, 2021. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 18 and under. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/dance-facets-2021/2021-04-02/


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April 22- June 24

2021 Spring Concerts in the Village Kick off the season on Thursday, April 22, 2021, with a collaborative and creative event!
Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings "The Music of Queen" with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk to the Dugas Stage. 
Admission for "The Music of Queen" is $25 for adults, $15 for active-duty military, and children (12 and under) and MKAF members are FREE. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite. 6 PM Gates Open; 7 PM Concerts Begin!

Thu, Apr 29, 6:00 PM- Duchess

Thu, May 6, 6:00 PM- Shania Twin

Thu, May 13, 6:00 PM- The M80's

Thu, May 20, 6:00 PM- A Brother's Revival - an Allman Brothers Tribute

Thu, May 27, 6:00 PM- Deana Carter

Thu, Jun 3, 6:00 PM- The Tams

Thu, Jun 10, 6:00 PM- Kara Grainger

Thu, Jun 17, 6:00 PM- Petty Hearts - Tom Petty Tribute

Thu, Jun 24, 6:00 PM- Air National Guard- Band of the South
Admission for the remaining concerts is $15 for adults, $10 for active-duty military, and children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. 
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.  All sales are final, sorry, no refunds.  More information at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mattie-kelly-arts-foundation-31413946039

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April 30
Crescendo! 2021 Vintner Dinners
-Multiple Locations, Miramar Beach, Florida on Friday, 30 April 2021 - 6:00 PM
SETCO Services, LLC presents the 2021 Crescendo! Vintner Dinners on Friday, April 30. Hosted in elegant homes and venues throughout the region featuring some of the country’s most exclusive vineyards. Culinary maestros include top chefs from the Gulf Coast region and beyond including Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Ryan McNay & Richard McCord of MARROW, plus more. Please visit the Sinfonia website at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.

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May 2
Crescendo! 2021 Main Event MOULIN [vin] ROUGE

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Miramar Beach, Florida, Sunday, 2 May 2021 - 11:30 AM
Crescendo! is an exciting cultural extravaganza that benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives.This year's theme is Moulin [vin] Rouge: enter into a lush backdrop of all things rouge [red]. This energy-infused experience will celebrate the cultural and culinary arts by showcasing world-class vintners, expert spirit purveyors, amazing auction items, and an electrifying musical performance. Enjoy reserved table seating, hors d'oeuvres, full, seated lunch and an all inclusive afternoon of incredible fun! Event will be capacity controlled with social distancing and safety guidelines in place. For more information please call the Sinfonia office 850-460-8800.


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May 15
JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT-
Emerald Coast Convention Center, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Saturday, 15 May 2021 - 7:30 PM Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, the action-packed adventure of “Jurassic Park” pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.
Experience it now, projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. This epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Welcome… to “Jurassic Park!” Please visit the Sinfonia website at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx for more information.