Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Contest  

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 10th 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, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card.   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 17, 2019.    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 Young Philosophers Society in the Santa Rosa Mall (slide poster entry under
door if closed- clearly label “OAA Poser Contest”).

All poster contest entries will be on display and winners announced on Sat, May 18th from 1-3pm at Young Philosophers Society.  Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest.    


Music & Wine at Twisted Grape 
Thank you to everyone who joined us on January 20 at The Twisted Grape. We enjoyed great food and wine and  entertainment by the Emerald Coast Chorus, Joe Fuller, and the Fort Walton Beach High School Drama Club. 
We appreciate the generous donations from Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Emerald Coast Theater Company, OAA Board Members, Mercedes of South Mississippi, Twisted Grape and Breakthrough Beverage.
Thank you Twisted Grape for hosting the Wine & Music fundraiser. Thank you Young Philosopher Society for the sound system and thank you Jean Dutton for taking photos.

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance Announces Board of Directors for 2018-19

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for 2017-2018. 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: Karen Reid with Young Philosopher’s Society, 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 and James K Baughman, Sr, Author.

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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