2016 Events

Festival of the Arts

21th Annual Festival of the Arts
Saturday, October 29th, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 30th, 10 am – 4 pm

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Volunteers needed for concession sales, guest entry, raffle tent, children's ArtStop activities and artist relief.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Art Exhibit component.

Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

4th Annual Ruth’s Chris Wine Walkbout

4th Annual Ruth’s Chris Wine Walkbout

Thursday, November 10th

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$41.50 MKAF members ($40 + $1.50)
$51.50 non-member ($50 + $1.50)

$1.50 per ticket added for convenience fee.


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Sounds of the Season

Admission is a donation of an unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need during the holidays. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s educational outreach initiatives benefiting students, children and families, including people with special needs and providing therapeutic art experiences to wounded warriors in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

The Mattie Kelly Community Chorus represents a diverse group of men and women from several local churches and residents in our community. The chorus will accompany Lori Jean Smith and other musical ensembles to bring an orchestral style theme to this year’s performance. The chorus is open to all members of the community, including area church choir
members and winter residents.



To participate, please join one of the following rehearsal schedules on Wednesday evenings:

A group rehearsal will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9 am. to 12 noon at Village Baptist Church.

A final rehearsal will be held on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at Village Baptist Church.

Calling all singing voices for Mattie Kelly Community Chorus

21th Annual Sounds of the Season
Friday, December 2nd – 7 pm
Location: Village Baptist Church

101 Matthew Boulevard, Destin, FL
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The chorus is open to all members of the community, including area church choir members and winter residents.

Admission is an unwrapped child’s toy.
Love offering to benefit MKAF’s All Kinds of Art program.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and copresenters, Destin Assembly of God, Destin First Baptist, Destin United Methodist and Village Baptist churches will present the 21st Annual Sounds of the Season on Friday, December 2 at 7 pm at Village Baptist Church in Destin.

This year's concert will feature guest artist, Lori Jean Smith, an acclaimed violinist from Orlando, Florida. Lori earned her BA in music from Cedarville University and a Master's of Music from the University of Utah. She has developed a unique style all her own with a motto, "Music from the soul, for the soul. Artistry with passion…there is no other way to play the violin (or life)" stated Lori. She embodies the saying of J. S. Bach, "I play the notes…but God makes the music."

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For more information, call 850.650.2226.

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