FOUR REASONS TO GET YOUR FL ARTS TAG TODAY:
1. The money received through the tag program in Okaloosa County is used to give out grants to arts organizations, schools, and individual artists in Okaloosa County.
2. Each OAA member will receive a 10% discount at OAA events each year they renew their arts tag.
3. You can easily renew your specialty tag each year online.
4. The FL Art Tag looks great and shows that you support the Arts
The money received through the tag program in Okaloosa County is used to give out grants to arts organizations, schools, and individual artists in Okaloosa County. For more information on the "State of the Arts" tag go to http://florida-arts.com/getinvolved/artsplate/
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for 2016-2017. The Executive Board of Directors are: President- Bill Head, Chair of the Volunteer Committee, Vice President- Ken Hair with Children in Crisis, Treasurer- Susan Kneller, Chair of the OAA Grants Committee, and Secretary-Becky Belcher with the Arts & Design Society. The Board of Directors are: Keri Woods with Pyramid Inc, Nellie Bogar with the Youth Village, Demetrius Fuller with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Ursel Behnken with the German Club, Jeanette Shires with the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of NWFL State College and NWFL Symphony Guild, Chris Manson with the Beachcomber, Jean Starkey with Stage Crafters, Gayle Vann, Chair of the Events Committee, James K Baughman, Sr, Author, Karen Reid with Young Philosophers Soicety and Bill Johnston with the Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.
Poetry & Wine at Twisted Grape to Benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance
Thank you to everyone who attended and/or participated in the open mic at the Twisted Grape on Sun, July 30th. Special thanks to OAA Board member, Becky Belcher, photographer, Jean Dutton and to the owners of Twisted Grape.
Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Contest Winners
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would also like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 8th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 241 entries were on display at the OAA Poster Reception on Sat, May 6 at the Young Philosophers Society. Participating schools include: Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville & Destin, Crestview High School, Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Walker Elementary School, Florosa Elementary, Edge Elementary, Destin Middle School, Max Bruner Jr Middle School, NFL Ballet Academie, Baker School, Northwood Elementary, Lotus Learning & Arts Center, Shalimar Elementary, Davidson Middle School, NWFL Collegiate High School and Pryor Middle School. Each 1st place prize was a $75 gift card, generously donated by Eglin Federal Credit Union, each 2nd place prize was a $50 gift card, generously donated by the Destin Target and each 3rd place prize was a $25 gift card, generously donated by the Niceville Wal-mart. The winners were announced at the reception and the winners and honorable mentions are as follows:
First Place, Gracie Bridges, 4th Grade, Walker Elementary School
Second Place, Evdokia Watkins-4th Grade, Northwest Florida Ballet Academie
Third Place, Sophia E Russo, 2nd Grade, Florosa Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Tae Kim, 4th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Theodore Masino, 4th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Jaren McKee, 3rd grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Maggie Hall, Kindergarten, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Elijah Lindsay, 2nd grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Lexi Schrand, 1st grade, Edge Elementary School
First Place, Abi Copeland, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville
Second Place, Briana Romero, 5th Grade, Shalimar Elementary School
Third Place, Kaitlyn Bowler, 7th Grade, Davidson Middle School
Honorable Mention: Christian McKee, 6th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Jessica Kamburelis, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Shawneen Todd, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Jasmine Thai, 7th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville
Honorable Mention: AJ Brainerd, 6th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Emerson Fitzwilliams, 7th grade, Pryor Middle School
First Place, Kylie Little, 9th Grade, Crestview High School
Second Place, Monthita Rasee, 11th Grade, Crestview High School
Third Place, Jonathan Kattine, 12th Grade, Northwest FL Collegiate High School
Honorable Mention: Ashanti Martin, 8th Grade, Bruner Middle School
Honorable Mention: Desirae Chapman, 8th grade, Bruner Middle School
Honorable Mention: Addison Sanders, 10th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Trace Kerrell, 9th grade, Crestview High School
Okaloosa Arts Alliance Thanks for Wine Tasting & Grants Awarded
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance thanks the Twisted Grape for hosting the Wine Tasting on January 22, 2017; Twisted Grape is a great supporter of the community. The OAA would also like to thank Sinfonia, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, German Club and the OAA Board for donating items to the drawings. Everyone at the Wine Tasting enjoyed live entertainment by the Emerald Coast Chorus, Pyramid Players and the Fort Walton Beach High school Drama Club. Thank you also to Jean Dutton who took all the photos at the Wine Tasting. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance also awarded a $1000 grant to Emerald Coast Theatre Company for after school theater classes and a $1000 grant to Children in Crisis for a special arts day for the children at Children in Crisis.