Okaloosa Arts Alliance -Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

Member Directory for Okaloosa Arts Alliance
We thank the following businesses, organizations, schools, and individual artists for their participation as members of the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.

Phone/Fax 850-862- 2885
P.O. Box 455 Shalimar, Florida 32579
ACT4MYSTERY is a professional murder mystery troupe that has been performing original, comedic murder mysteries for dinner theater in Northwest Florida since 2003. The shows are written, directed and produced by Paula Hilton, a member of Emerald Coast Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the International Association of Crime Writers. ACT4MURDER performers are experienced actors with a flair for comedy and a love of dinner theater. The shows are performed during delicious 3-course meals at a variety of restaurants in and around the Ft. Walton Beach area. Our shows are memorable and fun, combining theater with a satisfying culinary experience. Act4Murder provides adult entertainment at it's best, and it's... to die for! 

​Arts and Design Society
Phone: 850.244.2171
17 First Street, SEFort Walton Beach, FL 32548
The Arts and Design Society (ADSO), a non-profit organization,promotes art in the community by providing a free art gallery with monthly changing exhibits, as well as several major art exhibitions at other venues. It offers on-going classes in a variety of media and special workshops with local or visiting artists. The Art Center is located between Eglin Pkwy and Beal Pkwy, one block north of Highway 98.

​The Beachcomber
Fax: 850.650-5475
P.O. Box 5707 Destin, FL 32540-5707
For over a decade, the Emerald Coast’s FREE entertainment newspaper has kept locals and visitors informed about things to do and places to go. Published bi-weekly, The Beachcomber honors the best our area has to offer in music, art, dining and much more.

Blue Door Gallery LLC

Michelle Jannazo, Partner
Blue Door Consulting

(850) 543-8213

Blue Door Consulting provides development and communications strategy for nonprofit organizations and agencies and, has served cultural organizations of all types and sizes including museums, music and dance companies, science centers, historical societies, colleges and universities, service organizations, public agencies, arts councils, and foundations.
Michelle Jannazo’s strategic communications and grant writing expertise has benefited numerous non-profit organizations. Cumulative grant awards exceed $3M over the last 5 years. Success in bringing cultural programming to underserved communities has earned her numerous recognitions and, she has secured funding for programs, exhibitions, and residencies for schools, correctional facilities, and shelters. Michelle has served as a grant reviewer at the state level and recently facilitated major awards for clients from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Department of Justice.

Children in Crisis
Phone: 850-864-4242
Fax: 850-226-7875
A community non-profit charity committed to "establishing homes and providing hope" for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of our community.

Emerald Coast Chorus
Phone: 850.897.7025
The Emerald Coast Chorus (ECC) was established in the Fort Walton Beach area in 1979.  It is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization.  The ECC is part of a much larger men’s singing organization - the Barbershop Harmony Society (BBS).  The Society is dedicated to preserving four-part harmony, a cappella singing – a TRUE American art form.  The BBS, founded in 1938, has over 800 Chapters throughout the United States (27,000+ members) and associate organizations in 11 other countries with a passion to “Keep the Whole World Singing” !  The mission of the Emerald Coast Chorus is to entertain people of all ages.  The ECC performance schedule includes:  an annual performance at the Okaloosa Conference Center on Okaloosa Island in the spring; hosting a multi-chapter singing festival at Camp Timpoochee (Niceville) in September with a special show at the conclusion of the singing festival  at Niceville High school.  This show is open to the public.  We also entertain at various paid engagements (Singing Valentines, private parties, etc.) give free performances at community events (4th of July celebration, the Billy Bowlegs festival), retirement homes, hospitals, and schools.    

Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums
Phone: 850-243-2879
Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums, is a non-profit grade 5 band, composed entirely of volunteers. The band is dedicated to the culture and preservation of the ancient tradition of bagpiping music of the principal Celtic Nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and Isle of Man. All performing and student bagpipers, and marching band snare, tenor and bass drummers are welcome to play with us. 

Emerald Coast Theatre Company
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will be offering acting classes for middle/high school and adults starting in April. These eight week classes will focus on basic acting techniques that can be applied to stage or screen acting. Acting classes will include an improvisational warm up, foundations of the Meisner acting technique, and scene work from the plays of Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, Thorton Wilder, Arthur Miller, and more. Scene work will focus on connecting to the "other," listening, and objective work. The class will culminate in a presentation of scenes for friends and family.Nathanael Fisher, Producing Artistic Director of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, will be teaching these classes. Nathanael has taught acting for over 10 years and is currently teaching acting and directing at the University of West Florida. He has his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting and has studied the acting techniques of Meisner, Hagen, and Stanislavsky. Nathanael brings to the classroom the experience of being a professional actor for stage and TV, as well as theatrical producing, directing, and choreography credits.The classes will take place at the Destin United Methodist Life Center.

Ft. Walton Beach High School Fine & Performing Arts
Office (850) 833-3300 ext. 1814
400 Hollywood BlvdFt Walton Beach, FL 32548
 directs the Department of Fine & Performing Arts through the Ft. Walton Beach High School. Approximately 180 students are involved in the department ranging from freshmen through seniors. 

Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music

Office: 850.483.0800  

Email: marlayna@growyourgiftmusic.com

Address: 939 Beal Pkwy NW Ft Walton Beach, FL 32547

Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music was founded in August 2016 and grew to open a full-service music school in May of 2019 teaching over 15 instruments with 10 instructors. We serve musicians of all ages through private lessons, group music classes, camps, and a number of community organizations such as the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra and the Choctawhatchee Style Marchers just to name a few. 

We will be kicking off our new non-profit arm, The Full Circle Foundation on July 10th at the Ft. Walton Beach Civic Auditorium with the Full Benefit Concert. Current students and instructors will provide an incredible musical experience at this black-tie event. More information and ticket purchase links can be found here: www.growyourgiftmusic.com/foundation. 

The net proceeds will fund projects that will keep the music playing in our community through school music programs, funding music programs for non-profit organizations such as Opportunity Place and Shelter House, and providing scholarships to those who desire to learn to play music but don’t have the financial

Bill & Stacy Head

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
Phone: (850) 678-2615 
Fax (850) 678-4547
115 Westview Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida - Discover the rich, diverse history of Northwest Florida through exhibits of the earliest Native Americans to 19th century industries and home-life. Uncover the past through the Museum’s Archival Library available for research by appointment. Children will enjoy the Discovery Room where they can dress like a pioneer and experience an array of hands-on activities. Keep history alive through traditional craft classes, history programs, free lectures and family-fun community events.Experience the charm and discover the past today at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida where history lives. 

Heritage Park & Cultural Center
Phone: 850.833.9595 
Fax: 850.833.9675
139 Miracle Strip Parkway SEFort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Heritage Park & Cultural Center is made up of four museums which present the history of the Fort Walton Beach area from prehistoric times, some 12,000 years ago, the first school in 1912, and through the close of the post office in the 1950's.It is the purpose of these museums to preserve and hold their collections in trust for humankind. The Museum Division uses its collection to educate, for exhibit, research and advanced study. The museums host over 13,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries. An additional 7,500 school and civic organization members receive educational programs. 

Michelle & John Jannazo

Susan Kneller

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Phone: 850.650.2226
4323 Commons Dr W Destin, FL 32541
In the mid 1930's, Coleman and Mattie Kelly came to Destin from Washington County, Florida to develop a 900 acre turpentine farm and brought Destin its first significant payroll. The Kelly's were considered one of Destin's pioneer families who joined the popular "fishing families" such as the Marler's, Destin's, Maltezo's and Taylor's. The couple built the first cottages for tourists in Destin and launched the first deep-sea sport fishing boat in Northwest Florida. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation was established in 1995 to honor the dream of Mattie May Kelly so that the Arts would continue to flourish and become a real part of the lives of the local and tourist community.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida StateCollege
Phone: 850-729-6065 
100 College Blvd Niceville, Florida 32578

Northwest Florida Ballet
Phone: 850.664.7787 
Fax: 850.664.0130
310 Perry Avenue S.E. Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Northwest Florida Ballet was founded in 1969 by dance pioneer Bernadette Clements Sims. The organization’s mission is to provide quality dance performances and instruction for Northwest Florida; identify and develop talented dancers, and increase appreciation of the arts through public education and outreach.   

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild
Phone: 850.897.3317
Email: info@nfsymphony.org
100 College Blvd Niceville, Florida 32578
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild (NFSG) supports the Northwest SymphonyOrchestraof OWC and the Northwest Florida Youth Orchestra and provides musical experiences and education for area residents and schoolchildren. Our goal is to develop interest and promote participation in musical programs, activities, and concerts in the area. Annual membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the NFSO and musical arts education.

Pyramid Inc.
Phone: (850)862-7139

Performing Arts- Denise Hamilton Dhamilton@pyramidinc.org

Visual Arts- Rebecca Brice-Nash rbrice-nash@pyramidinc.org

432 Green Acres RoadFWB, FL 32547
The grittiest troupes of actors, singers and dancers ever to take the stage inspiring and entertaining standing-room-only audiences… talented artists, sculptors and jewelers creating for art patrons across Florida and beyond. Adults with developmental disabilities seeing themselves as artists or performers… earning commissions and fees… gaining self-esteem and self confidence… participating richly in the life of their communities. Families brimming with pride… the community seeing beyond their disabilities to appreciate their abilities. These imaginings are the reality at Pyramid Incorporated’s six centers in five Florida cities: Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Tallahassee (2) and Tampa.Pyramid’s arts program, in tandem with a curriculum of computer and literacy training, peer counseling and skill-development classes, physical-nutritional and behavioral assistance, is a means to an end. A meaningful day for some… an epiphany for others. 

Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Phone: 850.267.1478
Email: info@SinfoniaGulfCoast.org
P.O. Box 6326 Destin, FL 32549
Sinfonia Gulf Coast is the Emerald Coast’s only full professional orchestra dedicated to redefining the traditional symphony experience. Sinfonia is committed to upholding the highest standards of orchestral quality while presenting classical music with contemporary sophistication. For our debut 2006-2007 season we are featuring an incomparable line-up of masterpieces performed by the region's most talented musicians and amazing, international guest artists. 

Sinfonietta Strings 
Phone: 850.651.4308
Fax: 850.651.4308 
Email: imastringteacher@cox.net

Young Philosophers Society
Phone:850-496 3767

Website: https://www.facebook.com/youngphilosopherssociety/  
501(c)(3) nonprofit, with kids' music, art, yoga, and academia. YPS practices inclusion - ALL children, regardless of learning styles, are welcome
Youth enrichment classes, ~Punk-Pop-Preschool Class  ~Private Instrument Lessons~Group Instrument Lessons~School of Rock~Youth Open Mic Nights
~Family Jams~Songwriting Classes~Art Classes~Learning about the Masters ~Baby Picassos~Homeschool Enrichment


Youth Village
Email: njbogar@yahoo.com
Nellie Bogar, Founder/CEO 582-0549

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