CAA FOUNDED ON GIVING
In May 1989, local residents Susan Foster, Jan Clarke and Jeff Ellis, along with many other volunteers, organized the first Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival (now ArtsQuest) and in 1991, Foster and Hilda McDonald founded a children's art festival, eventually to become the Flutterby Festival, designed to offer scholarships to children for after-school art classes. Because of these events, it became necessary to form an organization through which these grants and scholarships could be made, and the Cultural Arts Alliance was founded in 1993.
Since that time, the CAA has fine-tuned these traditions while adding programs, events and services and growing into a leader in the community with a mission to support the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. In 2008, the CAA received designation by the County and State as the official local arts agency (LAA) of Walton County and also was designated as the recipient of all revenues from the sale of the Florida Arts license plates in Walton County.