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 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-Members' Show - Winter Art Challenge & Sale -February 20-28
Courtyard Reception Saturday, February 20, 2-4 pm; COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Awards will be given out in two categories; photography and any other medium.  The exhibition may be seen in the Gallery on February 20, 2-4 pm, and online, February 20-28. To view the exhibition online, visit us right here on our Facebook page, Arts & Design Society of FWB. Purchases should be made directly in the Gallery or by making arrangements via email at adso@artsdesignsociety.org. Although the Gallery is currently closed during its normal hours, it will be open Monday, March 1, 10 am-1 pm, and Friday, March 5, noon-2 pm, for purchase and pickup of art.
Artist Entry Form https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:51de07b2-c5de-426f-8a1c-8d29591a3659

Jan 22- March 5
MKAC Galleries: Sarah Knobel: Synthetic Nature
- International artist Sarah Knobel combines new processes using both surprising and traditional materials to expose our audiences to contemporary art styles that are firmly rooted in fine art traditions. Knobel studied Emerald Coast water and plant life, to tailor this show to universal themes in a language personal to this region. Artist talk and demonstrations if travel is possible. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/mkac-galleries-sarah-knobel-synthetic-nature/

Feb 13
NFSO: Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera-​ 
​​The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Jeffrey Rink present “Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera” featuring the winners of the 2019 NFSO-John Leatherwood Concerto Competition: Kye Richardson (violin), Evan Nicholson (cello), and Skyler Covert (violin). Enjoy movements from classics such as Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 for Violin, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello in E-flat Major and Chausson’s Poème. Soprano Bevin Hill will dazzle on the second half of the evening with beloved opera arias and melodies, interspersed with NFSO’s performances of popular opera overtures and pieces. Virtual tickets are also available for live streaming at www.virtualticketcenter.com. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-stars-of-tomorrow-an-evening-at-the-opera/

Feb 19

Jeanne Robertson: Humorist- February 19 @ 7:30 pm-At 76 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has a vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor. Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without A Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked”, and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” Jeanne’s witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don’t miss this performance by a truly funny lady!  For more information go to - https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/jeanne-robertson-humorist/

March 25
Crescendo! 2021 Kick-Off Lunch
@ Bijoux Bijoux at the Market Shops, Miramar Beach, Florida Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 11:00 AM 
Help us kick off Crescendo! 2021 safely and in style at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at The Market Shops. Enjoy an incredible lunch prepared by award-winning chef/co-owner Jack McGuckin, sip elegant wines, indulge in delectable desserts, shop all of the must-have accessories of the season from The Jewel, view the latest fashions modeled by Today's Boutique, door prizes and raffle items, plus much more. Crescendo! benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Seating is capacity controlled with social distancing and safety precautions in place for your safety. For more information go to http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx
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/

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/

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.

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.

May 15
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.