OUR MISSION

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.

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OUR HISTORY

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.

OUR STAFF

Learn about who's behind the Cultural Arts Alliance

JENNIFER STEELE

Executive Director

Lee Greene

Director of Administration

Jennifer Smith

Events & Programs Director

Renee McCalmont

Community Relations Coordinator

Melissa Wheeler

Marketing Coordinator

 

Allison Erwin

Finance Coordinator

 

Emme Wood

Programs Coordinator

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim Polakoff

President

Tom Watson

Vice President

Allison Wickey

Secretary

Brian Salter

Treasurer

Kelly Anderson

Melissa Brown

Melanie Cissone

Donnelle Clark

Mimi Gavigan

Brooke Gontarek

Julz Graham

Katrice Howell

Bill McCalmont

Shelby Schuler

Joan Vienot

Ed Walborsky

BAYOU ARTS CENTER

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
850.622.5970

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BOOK YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US

Just some of our Art Center uses.

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Art workshops and exhibits

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Yoga, dance or fitness classes

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Birthday
parties

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Meetings, lunches, OR board retreats

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Family
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CAA PARTNERS

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE CAA AND ITS PROGRAMS:

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EVENT PARTNERS

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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CURRENT MEMBERS

Thank you all our current members for their continued support.

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PLATINUM MEMBERS | $1500+

To Become a Platinum Member Click here.

Bobby & Becky Arnold
Amy Perry & David Pleat
Tom & Suzanne Watson
Ed Walborsky

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GOLD MEMBERS | $500+

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Brant & Kathy Davis
Phyllis & David Scruggs
John David & Meredith Sullivan
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SILVER MEMBERS | $250

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Nancy Abraham
Howard & Colleen Austin
Meredith Bell
Lydia Bors-Koefoed
Russell Carter Artist Management
Melanie & Mike Cissone
Rita Dajani Simpson
Kevin & Noreen Dooney
Mimi Gavigan
Tom & Carol Giddens
Tammy Heinen
Reedy & P.J. Hickey
Kelly Hill
Barry & Joyce Hogue
Renee & Jamie Kranking
James & Claire Kuhn
Kim Lepley
John & Susan Lucas
Renee & Bill McCalmont
Nina McCaslin Horn
Candy & Bob McMillan
Demetria & Richard McNeese
Sarah Mowell
Nelson & Sally Rice
Serena Robison & Jonathan Douglas
Jennifer & William Royce Smith
Linda & David Stetson Bonnie Thornton
Joyce & Rod Wilson

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FAMILY MEMBERS | $125

To Become a Family Member Click here.

John & Kathy Barlow
Charlene L. Belk
Scott & Nancy Brown
David & Judi Bludworth
Beth & Bill Borders
Debbie & Clarke Brown
Marianne Burbach
Bill & Jan Butela
Richard Dodd
Elizabeth Garner
Mimi & Mike Gavigan
Geri Golding & David Higgs
Joyce & Barry Hogue
Shannon Kramolis
Claire & Jim Kuhn
Dave & Jan Lasseter
Drake & Jennifer Martin
Ted & Jeanne Melcher
Kim & Keen Polakoff
Nancy & Jim Purkis
Shelley & David Reeves
Sally & Nelson Rice
Helen & Warren Roos
Neva & Don Rountree
Leslie & Matt Scott
Peggy Sheehan
Leah Shuba
Drs. Stainback & LaMarche
Joy Steele
Suzanne Walters
David & Rose Weck
Kristi & Ryan Wells

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DUAL MEMBERS | $100

To Become a Dual Member Click here.

Laurel Abbe & Bruce Johnson
Gayle Adams & Richard Jabbour
Brian & Kelly Anderson
Betty & Fred Anderson
Paul & Bett Appel
Charles & Beth Ashby
Rebecca Baker
Claire Bannerman & John Czapleski
Rick & Kathy Barry
Kathleen & Vince Berta
Bruce Bickley
Ronald & RaNae Birkey
Cindi & Patrick Bowman
Art & Becky Brodersen
Mark & LuAnn Brown
Alan & Mary Brown
Tucker & Sheila Brown
Jerri & Tom Bryant
Shane Busby & Shawn Busby
Richard & Alice Butela
Kelly & Billy Buzzett
Debbie Campbell
Debra Cannon
Kevin Casebier
Erin Chekaoui
Jennifer & Eric Clauson
Leslie Cobb & Stuart Yelverton
Harold & Susan Codianne
Cindy Cole
Al & Dudley Cook
Allison Craft
JoAnn & Carl Cutting
Debbie & Tom Dailey
Jane & Tom Davis
Ronna & Chris Davis
Jan DeCosmo & Michael W. Lewis
Malayne & Robert DeMars
Tim & Erin Depp
Catherine & Jeremie Desautels
Maggie & Bob Dickhaus
Catherine Dickson
Winky & Bill Dowdle
Valerie Draper
Tom & Susan DuBose
Rene Endres & Oliver Petit
Laura Edwards
Kathryn & Michael Farrington
Melody & Arthur Finlaw
Ed & Debbie Fisher
Brian Flanagan
Loretta & Tom Flowers
Mike & Linda Ford
Hillary Fosdyck
Wynn & Ben Freeman
Robin & Jeffrey Gary
Emory H. & Janice M. Gaultney
Nancy & Don Gehrke
Alan & Leanne Gillespie
Rhonda & Russ Godwin
Richard & Tereza Grant
Karen Graves
Sandra & Joseph Gulak
Nancy Hasty & Ray Houseknecht
Mike & Ginny Haygood
Lewis (Bill) & Elisabeth Herndon
Franklin & Jane Hinckley
Bill Hodges
Jack & Karen Holland
Amy & Greg Houston
Payson & Steve Howard
Karen Hutcheson & John O’Neill
Robin & Jeff Jeffrey
Jeff & Shannon Jones
Peggy Jones & Gary Cooper
Bob & Debbie Krall
Linda & David LaCook
Vicki & Jimmy Lee
Perry & Celi LePere
Richard & Wendy Lindemann
Ken & Gator Little
Buz & Susan Livingston
Kimberly Loebel Ellison
Bonita Loman & W. John Wehrle
Kim Lonas & Robert Laird
G. Richard Larkin
Jim & Coni Loving
Jeff Margaretten & Lisa Miller
Jacquee & Kenny Markel
Hugh & Grace Marse
Bill & Lori Mattice
Barbara & Tommy May
Ronnie & Cindy McBrayer
Jerry & Jennifer McCabe
Michael & Sherri McCarty
Debbie & George McChesney
Bill & Miki McFatter
Connie & John McGinty
Candy & Robert McMillan
Bill & Kathy McMullen
Martha Kay & Finley McRae
Keith & Melissa Miller
Jerry & Debbie Milner
Billy L. Moore & Dee Moore
John Morvant
Nan Nagy & Ken Kato
Stephen & Bridget Neidhart
Melle Nemecek & Charlie Ball
Michael & Kiki Nixon
Laura & John Norton
Angela C. & Edward S. Novey
Jerome & Joanna Novey
Patti & Ariel Overholt
Susan Owens & Ross Jones
Paul & Ruth Parker
Mary Jane & Jimmy Parrish
Debra & Peter Pearson
Sinder Perring & Tommie Gipson
Kimbely & Douglas Podoll
Les Porterfield
Bob & Chris Powers
Daniel & Robbie Randolph
Sunny & Michael Reardon
Christine Reese-Day & Robert Day
Shelley & David Reeves
Andrew & Maxin Reiss
Tony & Micheline Riggio
Patti Robar & RB Stanley
Robbie & Margaret Rogers
Steve & Constance Rogers
Marcia Romanuck Jenkins & Richard Jenkins
Dr. & Mrs. Jeff Rosenblatt
Jennifer Rowe & Eddie Hatfield
Debbie & Doug Russell
Janine & Charles Sather
Steven & Karen Schmidt
Barbara & John Schott
Cliff & Christi Sheffield
Cindy Shipman
Kevin & Denise Simonsen
Chris Simpson
Bob & Jackie Singer
Shannon & Chris Singley
Connie & Joby Soileau
Katy Spalding
Rick & Nan Sroufe
Dr. Robert D. Stainback & Dr. Judith A. LaMarche
Rebecca Stark & Geri Buchheit
Connie C. Steele
Bob & Lisa Steeno
Dr. Dale Stefanek & Ann Frederick
Lisa & Jerry Stephens
Bill & Lynne Stephenson
Chick & Linda Sward
Kurt & Barbara Tape
John Taylor & Cynthia Tie
Larry & Debbie Taylor
Thomas Ralph & Melissa Goad Tennant
Patricia & Sam Thompson
Jim Throneberry
Frank & Pam Walker
Jesse Wallace
Brenda Whitwell & George Munce
Anne & Tim Williams
Joyce & Rod Wilson
Darla & Edward Allen Wright
Mike Wright & Bob Glascock
Mary Yates & Joe Yates

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SINGLE MEMBERS | $60

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Susan Alfieri
Donna Arnett
Jane Arnett
Marissa Benton
Janis Biggers
Joy Bivens
Shelley Blackmarr
Beverly Bova
Tammy Bracewell
Jan Briscoe
Candy Broxson
Renee Broxson
Rhonda Bullard
Patsy Burberry
John R. Burns MD
Christine Burroughs
Mary Butler
Kathy Caloia
Polly Capps
Suzanne Carnill
Bilee Cauley
Cristi Chester
Sharon Clare
John Clark
Karen M. Clarkson
Maria Coello
Joe Colantuono
Didon Comer
Pat Cummins
Joe Cunningham
Saramae Dalferes
Tann Dallas
Victoria Danish
Charlie Day
Martha Deal
Jeanne Dean
Laura Easter
Regina Ebert
Frances Elliott
Janet Ellison
Cheryl Mease English
Penny English
Steven B. Ertl
Jan Faubel
Elizabeth Ferrara
Debra Finlayson
Barbara Flanery
Stephanie Flint
Pamela Flow
Brianne Fox
Victoria Frank
Robert Frishman
David Garr
Margaret Ann Garrett
Andrea Gerrity
Donna Gibson
Mindie Glidewell
Susan Godwin
Cindy Graham
Julz Graham
Christine Hagin
Janis Hannon
Melissa Harrison
Natalie Hayes
Joan Head
Bobbie Henson
Michele Hilmes
Linda Howell
Anne Hugghins
Pamela Hundley
Amy Hyde
Janet Hynes
Jacquelyn Ifland
Kim Jameson
Sharon Jenkins
Vicki Johnson
Capri Boyle Jones
Celeste Pappas Jones
Margie Jordan
Robin Jordan
Patsy Joyner
JoAnn Kellogg
Lois Kennedy
Carol King
Jean Kittelson
Valerie Knight
Patricia G. Kromminga
Barb Landwehr
Margaret Laney
Ellen Levinton
Urgia "Dina" Logginos
Sherry Londe
Barbara Long
Teresa Long
Marisa Lopez
Joy Luke
Beth Lynn
Robert Mackey
Angela Maier
Sherri Marsteller
Deborah Scott Mason
Jeannie Mathias
Robert McCullar
Hilda McDonald
Miki McFatter
Karen McGee
Tom McGee
Joey McKenna
Alice Miller
Diana Moore
Mike Moore
Barbara Morano
Grace Morin
Jill Morris
Joyce Morris
Susan Munley
Gayle Murdock
Laura Mutter
Dee Najjar
Rachel Neumann
Denise Nosal
Dianne Olive
David Oman
Brenda Osborne
Dianna Owings
Kate Painter
Marveen Pakalik
Sofia Papagni
Jeanie Posey
Patsy Powell
Linda M. Rakers
Susan Richardson
Linda G. Roark
Andrea Russell
Judi Russell
Pam Sala
William Scardo
Christina Scharff
Shelby Schuler
Julie Selleck
Donna Sheley
Lisa Simmons
Ginger Jackson Sinton
Ambler Slabe
Lorraine Sloan
Katherine Smart
Debbie Smith
Kathy Smith
Constance P. Spencer
Joe Stanko
Bob Stanley
Cinde Stanley
Becky Steele
Connie Steele
Kelley Stobaugh
Erika Stoyer
Sue B. Switzer
Pat Syfrett
Donna Tassa
Daniel Taylor
Joy Thompson
Rose Tomlinson
Jacqueline Wagoner
Lynne Watling
Vanette Webb
Carol Wenrick
Scott White
Lynn Wilson
Zandra Wolfgram
Sandy Zimmerman