Okaloosa Arts Alliance -Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

Winter Arts Social to Benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance


The Okaloosa Arts Alliance invites you to the 2022 Winter Arts Social on Sunday, February 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries at Northwest Florida State College located at 100 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578. 

Join friends and art supporters for live entertainment by Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music students and the Fort Walton Beach High School Drama Club, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine donated by Bloor Door Consulting, Niceville Publix, and Becky Belcher. The afternoon will also include drawings for artwork, tickets to local events including Emerald Coast Theatre Company tickets, Sinfonia, and more.  We also invite you to learn more about the arts programs and events in Okaloosa County including the Spark the Arts initiative. 

The requested donation for individual tickets is $20 or two for $35 or $70 for 5 tickets. Tickets include 3 drink tickets each good for a glass of wine of your choice and 1 drawing ticket per person. Reservations can be made online or by contacting Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com.  Advance reservations are not required but are preferred. You can donate in cash, check, PayPal, Venmo, or credit card at the door.



The Okaloosa Arts Alliance Announces Board of Directors for 2021-22

 

 The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) announces the Board of Directors for the current fiscal year. The Executive Board of Directors are: President- Bill Head, Colonel (Ret), USAF, MSC, 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, Chris Reid a musician, Ursel Behnken with the German Club, Jeanette Shires with the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of NWFL State College and NWFL Symphony Guild, Michelle Jannazo with Blue Door Consulting, and NWFSC, Gayle Vann with HarborWalk Village, Marlayna Goosby- Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music, and James K Baughman, Sr, Author.



Okaloosa County’s Got Talent Winners
 
Okaloosa Arts Alliance Vocal & Theatre Contest Winners

Vocal & Theatre Contest Winner- Belle Bludau- 8th Grade-Shalimar singing "Popular" from the Broadway show 'Wicked'
​In second place is Josef Quiroz- 12th grade at Fort Walton Beach High School doing "The Great Works Abridged Trojan War Scene"
In Third place is Ephiny Chewning- Grade 12th grade at Fort Walton Beach High School singing ​“She Used To Be Mine”-Sara Bareilles




Okaloosa Arts Alliance Dance Contest Winners


The Okaloosa Arts Alliance announces the winners of Okaloosa's Got Talent- Dance Category  
Okaloosa's Got Talent Dance Contest Winner-Morgan Beck- Northwest Florida Ballet Academie-6th grade 
Okaloosa's Got Talent Dance Contest Second Place-Aubrey Beck- Choctaw High School -11th grade 


Okaloosa Arts Alliance Virtual School Poster Contest Winners

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would also like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 12th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest and 2nd virtual poster contest due to COVID-19. This year the theme was “Family Time”.  Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 142 entries will be available online. To see all the entries go online to 
https://www.okaloosaarts.org/oaa-2021-virtual-poster-contest.html  
 
Participating schools include Rocky Bayou Christian School, Crestview High School, Silver Sands School, Meigs Middle School,  Lewis Middle School, Bluewater Elementary, and Plew Elementary. Eglin Federal Credit Union generously donated gift cards for all the winners and Fort Walton Beach Sam’s Club additionally covered 2 extra 3rd place winners.  Each 1st place prize was a $75 gift card, each 2nd place prize was a $50 gift card, and each 3rd place prize was a $25 gift card.  The winners and honorable mentions are as follows:
 

Elementary (K5-4)
First Place, Alyssa Kleiser, 2nd Grade, Bluewater Elementary School
Second Place, Violet Larson-4th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Third Place, Polina Ruprecht, 2nd Grade, Bluewater Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Zoe Baker, 2nd grade, Silver Sands School
Honorable Mention: Iker Galvan, 1st grade, Silver Sands School
Honorable Mention: Joseph Miranda, Kindergarten, Silver Sands School
 

Middle (5-7)
First Place, Sarah Hood, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Second Place, Kenly Martin, Year 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Third Place, Anna Hart, 7th grade, Meigs Middle School
Third Place, Brianna Nutt, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Shawn Gibbons, 6th grade, Silver Sands School
Honorable Mention: Molly Proulx, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Julianna Thompson, 6th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Kadence Lopez, 7th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Ava Brogden,  6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Nolan King, 7th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Isabell Saiani, 7th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Peyton Early, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Marisa Spears, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Edyn Taylor, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Zoe Arvanitakis, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Makenzie Betts, 6th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School 

High (8-12)
First Place, Gracie Holland, 9th Grade, Crestview High School
Second Place, Luke Franklin, 8th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Third Place, Penny Ashby, 8th Grade, Lewis Middle School
Third Place, Faith Schilling, 9h Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Emma Jones, 10th Grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention:  Marissa Page, 12th grade, Silver Sands School
Honorable Mention: Mackenzie Hooks, 11th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Playcho, 10th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Emily Bien, 9th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Dylan Biedomowicz, 9th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Shelby Reeves, 9th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Toya Losinger, 8th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Cera Lunsford, 10th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School

 



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