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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.




Act4Murder
Phone/Fax 850-862- 2885
Website: 
http://www.act4murder.com/
P.O. Box 455 Shalimar, Florida 32579
ACT4MURDER 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
Website:
www.artsdesignsociety.org
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
Phone:850.650.9940
Fax: 850.650-5475
Website:
www.beachcomberdestin.com
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Beachcomber
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.




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



Destin International Book Fairs LLC

Phone: 850-243-0222

Website: www.destinintlbookfair.com

Discover more than 60 local, regional and international authors at the 2014 Destin International Book Fair on Nov 15 & 16th! Enjoy some of the finest literary works, purchase new material and participate in intimate Meet & Greets with your favorite writers.





Emerald Coast Chorus
Phone: 850.897.7025
Website: 
www.EmeraldCoastChorus.com
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
Website 
http://www.ecpd.us/
​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
Phone:850.687.1637
Website:
www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org   
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
Email: whittakerc@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
400 Hollywood BlvdFt Walton Beach, FL 32548
​Christa Whitaker 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. 


Bill & Stacy Head
headqtrs@cox.net

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
Phone: (850) 678-2615 
Fax (850) 678-4547
Website: 
www.heritage-museum.org
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/theheritagemuseum
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
Website:
http://www.fwb.org/index.php/museums
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. 

Susan Kneller
msuenelr@aol.com




​Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Phone: 850.650.2226
Website: 
www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org
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 
Website:
www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
Facebook:
 http://www.facebook.com/mattiekellyartscenter 
100 College Blvd Niceville, Florida 32578


Northwest Florida Ballet
Phone: 850.664.7787 
Fax: 850.664.0130
Website: 
www.nfballet.org
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
Website: 
www.nfsymphony.org
Email: info@nfsymphony.org
P.O. Box 572Niceville, FL 32578
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild (NFSG) supports the Northwest SymphonyOrchestraof OWC and the Northwest Florida Youth Orchestra and provides musical experiencesand education for area residents and school children. 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.

​Northwood Arts & Science Academy
Phone: 850.689.7252
Website:
http://www.okaloosaschools.com/
501 Fourth Ave, Crestview, FL 32536 



Painting With a Twist Ft Walton Bch
Phone: 850-226-7218 (studio)
Website: 
www.paintingwithatwist.com/fort-walton-beach
Email: studio205@paintingwithatwist.com
255 Miracle Strip Parkway SE; Suite B-8
Fort Walton Beach, FL  32548
​David Presnell (Franchise Partner)
Barbara Dean (Franchise Partner)
​Painting with a Twist is a paint and party venue.  Professional instructors show you and your friends how to paint a finished acrylic painting while enjoying a fun, entertaining  BYOB evening.  No experience required and it is OK to "wine" about it!  Looks like painting...feels like a party!!




​Pyramid Inc.
Phone: (850)862-7139
Website: 
http://www.pyramidinc.org/ 
Email: kwoods@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
Website: 
www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org
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



​Stage Crafters
Phone: 850-243-1101
Email: executiveboard@stagecrafters.com
Website: 
http://www.stagecrafters.com/ 
The purpose of Stage Crafters is to produce interesting, entertaining, and cultural full-length plays; to produce one-act plays and other forms of entertainment for the membership and the public; to encourage creative effort in theatre arts; and to train actors, directors, producers, and technical personnel consistent with our capability. Stage Crafters produces four shows per calendar year, including at least one musical. Open auditions are held approximately 8 weeks before the dates of the performances. All performances are currently produced at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium in the time frame of late March/early April, June, August and November. Stage Crafters encourages anyone who wants to get involved either on-stage or off-stage in the myriad of technical and support positions to contact them.


Young Philosophers Society
​Phone:850-496 3767

Website: https://www.facebook.com/youngphilosopherssociety/  
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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

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Youth Village
Email: njbogar@yahoo.com
Website: 
www.nelliesyouthvillage.org
Nellie Bogar, Founder/Executive Director-897-3166 (home)
​Youth Village is an after school program & summercamp for children ages 5-16 in the Greater Ft. Walton Beach area. During the school year we are open from 2:00pm-6:00pm and during the summer months from 7:30am-6:00pm for our Summer Arts/Education Camp. The summer camp morning curriculum includes: reading, writing and science (fun hands-on stuff!) and the afternoon curriculum is dedicated to The Arts. Workshops will include acting, dancing, singing, stage make-up, etc.,and will culminate in an end-of-summer community-wide free production.    

Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County