Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

OAA 9th Annual Poster Contest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 9th 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. Gift cards for the winners were generously donated by Eglin Federal Credit Union, Mary Esther Target, and Destin Target.  

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 April 26, 2018.    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. All of the poster contest entries will be on display at Young Philosophers Society with a poster contest reception and winners announced on Sat, April 28,2018
from 12-2pm. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest.           

Wine Tasting at Twisted Grape to Benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, Jan 21st for the Wine & Music Fundraiser at The Twisted Grape.  Everyone in attendance enjoyed the great music by Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums, Barbershop Singers, FWB HS Drama Club and Young Philosophers Society.  Thank you to  Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Emerald Coast Theatre Co, Heritage Museum, Board Members, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast for donating to the drawings.  Thank you to Twisted Grape and the OAA Board of Directors for hosting and coordinating the event.  The Okaloosa Arts Alliance exists for the love of art and we couldn't do it without the artists and art supporters!  Thank you!

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance Announces Board of Directors for 2017-18

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, James K Baughman, Sr, Author, and Bill Johnston with the Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.

Okaloosa Arts Alliance Receives $7500 Grant
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) has received a $7500 Grant from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  

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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