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.
Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Winners & Fest Recap
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank everyone who made the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest held at the FWB Landing on May 21st, a success. Silent auction sponsors were: Wyndham-Destin, EcoView Windows and Cricket Wireless and silent auction donors were: Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, Southern Vacation Rentals, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, ResortQuest, Emerald Coast Science Center, The German Club, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Fudpuckers, Big Kahunas, Destin Track, Arts & Design Societ and Painting with A Twist FWB. Thank you to the volunteers from FWB High School AFJROTC, Children in Crisis and Hurlburt Field. Thank you to all of the vendors and performers at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest and to everyone who came out to enjoy the Fest.
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would also like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 7th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 230 entries were on display at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest. Participating schools include: Rocky Bayou Christian School, Crestview High School, Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Wright Elementary School, Cinco Christian School, Edge Elementary and Youth Village that entered the 7th annual Okaloosa Arts Alliance Summer Fun poster contest. 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 & Mary Esther Target and and each 3rd place prize was a $25 gift card, generously donated by the Crestview, Destin & Niceville Wal-marts. The winners were announced at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest and the winners and honorable mentions are as follows:
First Place, Kate Platt, 4th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Second Place, Luci Schrand, 2nd Grade, Edge Elementary School
Third Place, Susan Fajardo, 4th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Clara Farnsworth, 2nd grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Natalie Sansom, 3rd grade, Cinco Christian School
First Place, Jessica Fortenberry, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Second Place, Riley Braden, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Third Place, Olin Wolfgram, 6th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Ethan Farnsworth, 5th Grade, Wright Elementary
Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Osborn, 6th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Hannah Farnsworth, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Emily Kim, 6th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Kenna Krispon, 7th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
First Place, Spencer Peugh, Grade, Crestview High School
Second Place, Echo Yang, 11th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Third Place, Journey WashingtonHigh, 8th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention:,Lekueta Matatia, 10th Grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Katie Wagner, 9th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Samuel Brunais, 8th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Lux Huang, 10th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Lexi Bobb, 8th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
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 and Bill Johnston with the Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.