CAA Celebrates Arts & Humanities Month


Activate your imagination as we celebrate National Arts & Humanities month this October! Join the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County for a collaboration of events and activities presented in diverse formats and various venues throughout South Walton.

The calendar is full of virtual and onsite offerings, including the ArtsQuest virtual exhibit, a CAA Member Artist exhibit, Con-scious Expressions: An Insider’s Perspective, an Art on Demand episode called ‘The Nation’s First Underwater Museum of Art: From Design to Deployment’, a reveal of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces Billboard project, the Foster Gallery Fall Rotation, Emerald Coast Theatre Company events, a CAA Membership drive, and more! For complete details on each event, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com.


“While it was disappointing to have to postpone our beloved Art Month in May due to the pandemic, we know we are one of many organizations forced to evolve and change the way we provide services and programs to our community,” said CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “Participating in National Arts & Humanities month through virtual and safe in-person environments allows us to continue to celebrate our traditional events like ArtsQuest, introduce new programming, and also be a part of a national Arts community when connection is needed more than ever. We hope this format will draw more members and artists to the CAA as we enter our recovery phase and reimagine the future of the organization and the role art plays in all our lives.”


National Arts & Humanities Month was established in 1993 by Americans for the Arts and is celebrated every October in the United States. It was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities.


National Arts & Humanities Month Activities include:


Art in Public Spaces Billboard Project The CAA is pleased to partner with Visit South Walton and Lamar Outdoor Advertising to expand our Art in Public Spaces program to include a special billboard art exhibition. The exhibit features original artwork by Walton County artists, including Visit South Walton’s 2020 Artist of the Year Doug Foltz, Francisco Adaro, Jose David Cantu, Linda Kernick, Bailey Miller, Melanie Moore, Edward Nickerson, Nanette Ream, Sarah Riley, Allison Wickey and Jamie Zimchek. The artwork will be 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 art thrives.


“Art is an integral part of South Walton’s identity, with local artists finding inspiration in the area’s natural beauty,” says David Demarest of the Walton County TDC. “We’re excited to help share the works of these artists, including our 2020 Artist of the Year Doug Foltz, and we hope that perhaps seeing these creations will help remind residents and visitors of the artistic creativity and natural beauty that work hand in hand to make South Walton special.”


Image 1: Allison Wickey, The Fit Soul Image 2: Bailey Miller, Moon Over Western Lake Image 3: 2020 Visit South Walton Artist of the Year Doug Foltz, Refuge Image 4: Edward Nickerson, Western Lake Image 5: Francisco Adaro, Portrait Of Us All Image 6: Jamie Zimchek, We Are All Made Of Stars Image 7: Jose David Cantu, Fall Sunrise on Choctawhatchee Bay Image 8: Linda Kernick, Calm Image 9: Nanette Ream, Reflections at Topsail Image 10: Melanie Moore, Oasis Image 11: Sarah Riley, Be The Magic


ArtsQuest The 32nd annual ArtsQuest is going virtual! ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from artists from around the country, including ArtsQuest