OAA 9th Annual Poster Contest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would also like to thank all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the 9th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.  Although we were not able to make everyone a 1st place winner, all 229 entries were on display at the OAA Poster Reception on Sat, April 28th at the Young Philosophers Society.  Participating schools include: Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville & Destin, Crestview High School, Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Edge Elementary, Destin Elementary School, NWFL Ballet Academie, Lewis Elementary, Lotus Learning & Arts Center, Shalimar Elementary, Youth Village, Infinite Grace Autism Academy, homeschool, Florosa Elementary and Plew Elementary School. 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, and each 3rd place prize was a $25 gift card all generously donated by the Destin & Mary Esther Targets.  The winners were announced at the reception and the winners and honorable mentions are as follows:

Elementary (K5-4)
First Place, Lexi Schrand, 2nd Grade, Destin Elementary School
Second Place, Maggie Hall-1st Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Third Place, James Magana, 3rd Grade, Edge Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Molly Washburn, 2nd grade, Shalimar Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Ezekiel Fuller, 4th grade, Edge Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Skyla Covey, Kindergarten, Youth Village
Honorable Mention: Kendra Quaranto, 3rd grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Honorable Mention: Gisele Allen, 4th grade, Shalimar Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Lucia Schrand, 4th grade, NWFL Ballet Academie
Honorable Mention: Landon Whalen, 2nd grade, Rocky Bayou Christian Destin
 
Middle (5-7)
First Place, Olivia Mead, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Second Place, Christina Jones, 5th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Destin
Third Place, Emerson Fitzwilliams, 7th grade, Pryor Middle School
Honorable Mention: Amanda Christine Montague, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School
Honorable Mention: Ezra Jacobs, 7th Grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville
Honorable Mention: Maibe Franco, 7th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Nicole Ramirez, 7th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Jayan Janardhau,  5th grade, Plew Elementary
Honorable Mention: Genesis Albright, 6th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention: Maxine Scotthorpe, 7th grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School 

High (8-12)
First Place, Noah Thompson, 11th Grade, Crestview High School
Second Place, Jessica Kamburelis, 8th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Third Place, Shayla Willis, 9th Grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Osborn, 8th Grade, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
Honorable Mention:  Savanna Sims, 11th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Jillian Parker, 11th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Allison Yeldeu, 11th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Alexis Wicliffe, 10th grade, Crestview High School
Honorable Mention: Mattie Bryon, 9th grade, Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville        
 


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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