Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

​Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Contest

 The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 8th 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 donated, 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 1, 2017.    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 Arts & Design Society located on 17 1st St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 12-4 pm , Sat 1-4 pm or at HH Arts at 100 Beal Pkwy S. Ft. Walton Beach, hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All of the poster contest entries will be on display at Young Philosophers Society with a poster contest reception and winners announced on Sat, May 6, 2017. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest.         


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.  

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Okaloosa Arts Alliance Receives State Grant

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) has received a $6000 Grant from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  

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

OVAL Art Program

The OVAL Art program (Okaloosa Volunteer Art Lessons) is a series of lessons based on grade-appropriate art prints which have been selected by the School Board. The District also provides an OVAL manual. These lessons, about 30 minutes long each, are provided by volunteers who have been trained in the program. OVAL can be offered to grades K through 5. This is a fun way to work with children, helping them learn about art and artists, developing skills which will carry over into other academic areas, and giving them the confidence to enjoy art in museum and other settings. Please consider volunteering with OVAL! Email abaty@okaloosaarts.org for more information.

Board of Directors for 2016-2017

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.