The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education.

The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.

Discover how we bring our Vision and Mission to life in our Annual Report.



In May 1989, a group of artists and volunteers led by Susan Foster, Jan Clarke & Jeff Ellis organized the first Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival (now ArtsQuest). Two years later, Foster and Hilda McDonald coordinated a children's art festival, eventually called the Flutterby Festival. Both events were designed to showcase local artists and raise money for after-school children’s art classes. Because of the success of these events, it became necessary to form an organization through which grants and scholarships could be awarded, and the Cultural Arts Alliance was founded in 1993. In over two decades, the CAA has grown exponentially, fine-tuning 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 was designated as the administrator of all revenues from the sale of the Florida Arts license plates in Walton County. The CAA headquarters is the Bayou Arts Center where over 200 art classes are offered every year to adults and children. The CAA produces the 30A Songwriters Festival, Valentine Tour of Homes, ArtsQuest, Seaside Writers Conference, South Walton Fashion Week and the Flutterby Festival. Tens of thousands of dollars are awarded annually to teachers, students, artists and arts organizations through the CAA’s Art For All Program, which is funded through grants and net proceeds from events.

Left: CAA & ArtsQuest Founders, Debbie Eberhart with the late Susan Foster and Jan Clarke.


Learn about who's behind the Cultural Arts Alliance


Executive Director

Lee Greene

Director of Administration

Jennifer Smith

Events & Programs Director

Renee McCalmont

Community Relations Coordinator

Melissa Wheeler

Marketing Director


Donna Vann

Finance Coordinator



Allison Wickey


Kelly Anderson

Vice President

Mimi Gavigan


Brian Salter


Melissa Brown

Russell Carter

Doug Foltz

Brooke Gontarek

Julz Graham

Katrice Howell

Hannah Martin

Alexis Miller

Nan Nagy

Shelby Schuler

Ed Walborsky


The Bayou Arts Center is the home of CAA and a venue for exhibits, classes, meetings and small events. Nestled among the long leaf pines on historic Hogtown Bayou, the Bayou Arts Center is a true Walton County hidden gem and a peaceful destination for art, culture, heritage and nature. While the CAA keeps the facility busy with classes and programs for artists, the Studio is available to rent on a half-day or full-day basis. The CAA can also help facilitate art workshops for your group.

The Bayou Arts Center and CAA programs are accessible to all people with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed for sight, sound, language or physical impairment, please contact us in advance for assistance

105 Hogtown Bayou Lane
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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Just some of our Art Center uses.


Art workshops and exhibits


Yoga, dance or fitness classes




Meetings, lunches, OR board retreats





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CAA events would not be possible without the support of hundreds of businesses throughout the year. Click on each event to find out which businesses help bring these programs and services to our community.

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Thank you all our current members for their continued support.



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