Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest Vendor Fees

Call to Students for Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Contest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 7th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.    The OAA wants to know what you consider “Summer Fun”.  It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County.   Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card being generously donated by the Eglin Federal Credit Union, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card being generously donated by the Mary Esther & Destin Targets, and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card being generously donated by the Crestview, Niceville & Crestview wal-marts.   Additionally, the 1st place winners’ artwork will be posted in the OAA newsletter and on the OAA website.  Any Okaloosa County School student can enter; entries can be submitted by an Okaloosa County School or by an individual student.   The poster contest deadline is May 6, 2016.    Please submit only one entry per student.  Posters should be standard size (8 ½ x 11) for the contest and should include, the name of the artist, their grade, and the name of their school.  Please mail your entries to Okaloosa Arts Alliance-Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, FWB, FL 32549.  If you prefer you can drop off your entry at the Arts & Design Society located on 17 1st St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 12-4 pm , Sat 1-4 pm or at HH Arts at 100 Beal Pkwy S. Ft. Walton Beach, hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All of the poster contest entries will be on display at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest, which will be Sat, May 21, 2016 from 10am-5pm at the FWB Landing.  The Fest is a free family event with live entertainment, food, artists and vendors, free activities, a silent auction and the poster contest display.  The winners of the poster contest will be announced at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest or a vendor application.        

OAA Grants Awarded
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance awarded three $1000 grants on Sunday to Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Children in Crisis and to Pyramid Inc. Each organization will be using the grant money for an art class or theater production.​​

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​​Call To Artists-​​Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance announce a call for artists and crafters for the annual Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest, which will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the FWB Landing. The annual event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music and art performances. Free family activities, a silent auction will help raise funds for OAA and the Okaloosa County School Poster contest entries will be on display. 



Emerald Coast Concert Association Donates $12,000 to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) recently received a generous donation over $12,000 from the Emerald Coast Concert Association to support the Okaloosa Arts Alliance’s grant fund and events hosted by the Okaloosa Arts Alliance. The OAA will be awarding grants in January from the generous donation.  Grant applications will be available to all non-profit organizations and schools in Okaloosa County starting in November

with the grant application deadline being Dec 15, 2014. The Emerald Coast Concert Association has brought many wonderful concerts to
Okaloosa County over the past 50 years. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance greatly appreciates the Emerald Coast Concert Association generous donation that will enable other arts organizations and the OAA to host and promote arts and cultural events in Okaloosa County.

Florida Arts Tag

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

OVAL Art Program

The OVAL Art program (Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lessons) is a series of lessons based on grade-appropriate art prints which have been selected by the School Board. The District also provides an OVAL manual. These lessons, about 30 minutes long each, are provided by volunteers who have been trained in the program. OVAL can be offered to grades K through 5. This is a fun way to work with children, helping them learn about art and artists, developing skills which will carry over into other academic areas, and giving them the confidence to enjoy art in museum and other settings. Please consider volunteering with OVAL! Email abaty@okaloosaarts.org for more information.

Board of Directors for 2015-2016

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for 2015-2016. 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, Pat Federinko, Artist, and Bill Johnston with the Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.

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