Art in Public Spaces


Art in Public Spaces

The former A+Art Program has evolved into two separate Visual Arts Programs: Special Exhibitions at The Foster Gallery and Art in Public Spaces. In addition to special exhibitions, The Foster Gallery is proud to produce shows featuring original work by CAA’s member artists on a quarterly rotating basis . Visit our #ArtMatters blog for current Artist Calls and more information about upcoming show requirements and details.

The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) is the first presentation of the CAA's Art in Public Spaces program. The CAA in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alys Foundation, and Visit Florida joined two of South Walton, Florida’s most beloved attractions – the arts and the Gulf of Mexico – to create The Underwater Museum of Art, North America’s first underwater permanent sculpture exhibit.

In October 2020, Art in Public Spaces expanded to include our Billboard Art Project. The CAA partnered with Visit South Walton and Lamar Outdoor Advertising to produce this special exhibition featuring original artwork by Walton County artists. The artwork is displayed on billboards throughout Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties. The purpose of the project is for art to share messages of joy, unity, encouragement and healing, to beautify highways with original artwork, provide exposure and income to Walton County artists and to promote South Walton as a creatively rich community where the Arts thrive. These works are also viewable on the CAA's website.


In March 2021, the Art in Public Spaces program grew again to include a mural located next door to the Foster Gallery, the CAA's local artist cooperative.  Produced in partnership with Grand Boulevard Town Center, the mural was conceived and created by local artist and CAA member Sarah Page. The design was inspired by our beautiful coastal surroundings as well as Amanda Gorman's moving poem, 'The Hill We Climb', which includes the line..."For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." In July 2021, Page created a second mural inspired by the white sands and teal waters of the Emerald Coast. It features native blue lupine, a soaring pelican and a full moon. In October 2021, Page completed a third mural located in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard Town Center. Plans are underway for additional murals to be added throughout Walton County.