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.

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

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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 Director

 

Michelle Touchstone

Finance Coordinator

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allison Wickey

President

Kelly Anderson

Vice President

Mimi Gavigan

Secretary

Brian Salter

Treasurer

Melissa Brown

Russell Carter

Doug Foltz

Brooke Gontarek

Julz Graham

Katrice Howell

Hannah Martin

Alexis Miller

Nan Nagy

Shelby Schuler

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.

Thomas & Berni Adelson
Richard Jabbour & Gayle Adams
Nan Nagy & Ken Kato
Laura Nelson
Amy Perry & David Pleat
JoAnn Ribaudo & Kajsa Larsson
Ed Walborsky
Tom & Suzanne Watson
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GOLD MEMBERS | $500+

To Become a Gold Member Click here.

Andrew Campanella
Kevin & Noreen Dooney
Angelea & Billy Drennan
Andre Drevinskas
Drew Hill & Maria Galati-Hill
Bonita Loman & W. John Wehrle
Bobby Nylen, Earl Bacon Agency, Inc.
Jim & Tammy Pierce
Phyllis & David Scruggs
Steven & Misty Smathers
Steve Spencer
Jack & Candis Wilson

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SILVER MEMBERS | $250

To become a silver member Click here.

Nancy & Tim Abraham
Meredith Bell
Roy & Lydia Bors-Koefoed
Russell Carter
Joe Colantuono
Rita Dajani Simpson
Mike & Linda DeCamp
Mimi & Mike Gavigan
Tom & Carol Giddens
Courtney Harper
John & Tammy Heinen
Reedy & P.J. Hickey
Kelly Hill
Kim Lepley
John & Susan Lucas
Candy & Bob McMillan
Demetria & Richard McNeese
John & Laura Norton
Kim & Keen Polakoff
Kurt & Barbara Tape
Bonnie Thornton
Bert & Sue Trucksess
Neal & Melinda Whitt
Joyce & Rod Wilson
Gay Wolff

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FAMILY MEMBERS | $125

To Become a Family Member Click here.

Jeni Bailey
David & Judi Bludworth
Stephanie Watson Brannon
Marianne Burbach
Joyce & Barry Hogue
Karen Hutcheson & John O'Neill
Vicki & Jimmy Lee
Jean & Alan LeStourgeon
James Lewis
Drake & Jennifer Martin
Tracy Miller
Daniel & Stacy Piper
Nancy & Jim Purkis
Sally & Nelson Rice
Alex & Kathy Richards
Chuck & Janine Sather
Leah Shuba
Annie Stutts
Elizabeth & Josh Trapp
Suzanne Walters
Robert & Alicia Weil
Kristi & Ryan Wells

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DUAL MEMBERS | $100

To Become a Dual Member Click here.

Laurel Abbe & Bruce Johnson
Betty & Fred Anderson
Brian & Kelly Anderson
Dennis & Nancy Atchison
John & Kathy Barlow
Bud & Judy Baskin
Ronald & RaNae Birkey
Cindi & Patrick Bowman
Art & Becky Brodersen
Alan & Mary Brown
Laura Brown
Mark & LuAnn Brown
Steven & Beverly Burt
Scott & Julie Burton
Shane Busby & Shawn Busby
Richard & Alice Butela
Kelly & Billy Buzzett
Julie Byron
Charles & Martha Carroll
Erin & Farid Chekaoui
Dr. Donald & Jacquie Childs
Susie & Scott Crichton
Eric & Jenny Clauson
Mike Cleary
Cindi & Scott Cobine
JoAnn & Carl Cutting
Debbie & Tom Dailey
Malayne & Robert DeMars
Sharon & Gary Dennis
Maggie & Bob Dickhaus
Catherine Dickson
Winky & Bill Dowdle
Robert & Julie Elberfeld
Kim Elliott & Wayne Ford
Roberta Evans
Kathryn & Michael Farrington
Ed & Debbie Fisher
Marc & Jimmie Kay Fisher
Deborah Flavin
Sean & Michelle Flinn
Mike & Courtney Flores
Loretta & Tom Flowers
Elizabeth Garner
Constance Garrett & Andrea Criste
Emory H. & Janice M. Gaultney
Nancy A. & Donald L. Gehrke
Alan & Leanne Gillespie
Julz Graham
Richard & Tereza Grant
Karen Graves
Ann Grelling
Sandra & Joseph Gulak
Ann & Kevin Guptill
Mike & Ginny Haygood
Lewis (Bill) & Elisabeth Herndon
Steve & Sydney Hiatt
Kim Hildreth
Steve & Holly Hilliard
Bill Hodges
Sindi Hogenson
Kathryn Honea
Amy & Greg Houston
Payson & Steve Howard
Carrie N. and Jeff Hoye
Janet Ingle
Brian & Lorraine Jackson
Cole Jennings
Lisa & Drew Johnson
Patti & Jeff Johnson
Jenelle B. Jones
Frank & Barb Kenney
Lori Kizer
Bob & Debbie Krall
Claire & Jimmy Kuhn
Jenifer Kuntz
Dr. Judith LaMarche & Dr. Robert Stainback
John Lebowitz
Lisa Lees
Perry & Cecilia LePere
Richard M. & Wendy A. Lindemann
Ken & Gator Little
Buz & Susan Livingston
Kimberly Loebel Ellison
Jim & Coni Loving
Barbara & Tommy May
Ronnie & Cindy McBrayer
Jerry & Jennifer McCabe
Michael & Sherri McCarty
Nina McCaslin-Horn & Garrett Horn
Beth & Mike McCormick
Debbie & George McChesney
Beth & Mike McCormick
Tom & Karen McGee
Bill & Kathy McMullen
Keith & Melissa Miller
Mike Minor
Lawrence & Jennifer Mintman
Leigh Moore & Shawne Shiflett
Barbara & Jim Morano
Eric Nadel
Angela C. & Edward S. Novey
Jerome & Joanna Novey
Patricia & Larry Novey
Kimberly & Douglas Podoll
Bob & Chris Powers
Christine Reese-Day & Robert Day
Shelley & David Reeves
John & Laurie Reichenbach
Tony & Micheline Riggio
Serena Robison & Jonathan Douglas
Jeff & Kelly Rosenblatt
Don & Neva Rountree
Jennifer Rowe & Eddie Hatfield
Tony & Coleen Scales
Steven & Karen Schmidt
Barbara & John Schott
Cliff & Christi Sheffield
Kevin & Denise Simonsen
Constance P. Spencer
George Stamm & Mary Lane Kimbrel
Rebecca Stark & Geri Buchheit
Connie C. Steele
Bob & Lisa Steeno
Betsy Sullivan
David & Michelle Surber
Donna Taggart
Larry & Debbie Taylor
Thomas Ralph & Melissa Goad Tennant
Patricia & Sam Thompson
Rick & Susie Thompson
Edward Toole
Ed & Robbi Turek
Nell Wade
Jesse Wallace
David & Rose Weck
Brenda Whitwell & George Munce
Anne & Tim Williams
Joe Williams
Jamie & Larry Williamson
Elizabeth Wooten
Mike Wright & Bob Glascock
Steve & Lisa Young

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SINGLE MEMBERS | $60

To Become a Single Member Click here.

Debbie Adams
Pixie Alexander
Jason Anderson
Donna Arnett
Jane Arnett
Diana Baker
Theresa Barker
Marilyn J. Bazley
Clyde Benford
Marissa Benton
Jacquelin Bickel
Janis Biggers
Shelley Blackmarr
Sue Bowman
Nancy Bown
Renee Broxson
Chris Bruner
Carol Buchanan
Ashton Burks
John R. Burns MD
Christine Burroughs
Mary Butler
Catherine Call
Suzanne Carnill
Armando Castroverde
Bilee Cauley
Ruthie Cherry
John Clark
Karen M. Clarkson
Maria Coello
Linda Cox
Nancy Crackel
Pat Cummins
Joe Cunningham
Wendy F. Davis
Martha Deal
NIna Dolin
Regina Ebert
Daryn Edwards
Ken Edwards
Janet Ellison
Gloria Eustace
Jan Faubel
Kellie Flavin
Alice J. Forrester
Victoria Frank
Nancy Franklin
Roland Freeman
Robert Frishman
Charles Galloway
David Garr
Pamela GaVette
Andrea Gerrity
Donna Gibson
Cindy Graham
Nancy Grosskopf
Christine Hagin
Karen Haley
Maryjo Hardin
Dana Hayes
Natalie Hayes
Joan Head
Bobbie Henson
Michele Hilmes
Anne Hugghins
Pamela Hundley
Jacquelyn Ifland
Kim Jameson
Vicki Johnson
Celeste Pappas Jones
Margie Jordan
Robin Jordan
JoAnn Kellogg
Carol King
Victoria Kitahara
Jean Kittelson
Sherry Klemen
Val Knight
Patricia G. Kromminga
Barb Landwehr
Shirley Leeper
Ellen Levinton
Sherry Londe
Teresa Long
Tracy Louthain
Joy Luke
Denise Mack
Grace Marse
Sherri Marsteller
Joycelyn (Joy) Martin
Deborah Scott Mason
Sally McBride
Bridget McCann
Robert McCullar
Hilda McDonald
Joey McKenna
Alice Miller
Mike Minor
Diana Moore
Mike Moore
Barbara Morano
Grace Morin
Cheryl Morrison
Laura Mutter
Denise Nosal
Dianne Olive
David Oman
Kate Painter
Marveen Pakalik
Sofia Papagni
Desirae Philips
Renee Pitchford
Maggie Poetz
Jeanie Posey
Laurie Pouliot
Patsy Powell
Linda M. Rakers
Wilmer H. "Bill" Reed
Sandra Rhodes
Linda G. Roark
Patti Robar
Constance Rogers
Judi Russell
Scott Russell
Christina Scharff
Sue Schmitz
Hannah Schneidewind
Shelby Schuler
Sonyia Schwartz
Julie Selleck
Celeste Shipp
Rita Simpson
Barbara Sims
Ambler Slabe
Lorraine Sloan
Katherine Smart
Ashley Smith
Debbie Smith
Debbie Sneed
Joe Stanko
Sharon Stark
Becky Steele
Joy Steele
Kelley Stobaugh
Erika Stoyer
Barbara Sutton
Mary Sue B. Switzer
Pat Syfrett
Vince Tatum
Linda Tetrick
Sherry Tewell
Joy Thompson
Annabel Toole
Penny Tyler
Laurie Van Deventer
Jacqueline Wagoner
Hope Walker
Judy Walton
Lynne Watling
Vanette Webb
Carol Wenrick
Lynn Wilson
Dennis Winslow
Julie Wolf
Melodie Wolf