Cultural Arts Village
Sorry, no pets allowed.Set on 52 park-like acres in the heart of Destin, the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village is destined to become Northwest Florida’s premier venue for cultural entertainment and education. The permanent home for MKAF’s two signature events, Concerts in the Village and Festival of the Arts, is a multi-use complex providing entertainment, festivals, outdoor concerts, and other cultural events as well as rentals.

Public Art

MKAF Landmark ArtThe Cultural Arts Village's landmark is a commanding 20-foot entrance way sculpture created out of stainless steel by sculpture artist Frank Ledbetter. The piece includes hundreds of puzzle-like pieces that create interest and texture and is one of a few public art installations in Destin, Fla.

Cultural Arts Village Amenities

  • Dugas Pavilion
  • Village Green
  • On-site Parking
    Parking is available on-site or at Grace Lutheran Church.
  • Satellite Parking (for large events only)
    Satellite parking is available at the Emerald Coast Centre, located near Bealls Department Store (15003 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL), with free shuttle service provided by MKAF.
  • Restroom Facility
  • Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Administrative Offices
  • Public Art: "Welcoming Arms" Entranceway Sculpture (Artist Frank Ledbetter)

Future DevelopmentCultural Arts Village

The master site plan for the Cultural Arts Village encompasses additional phases:

Phase II - A Mixed Use Building to house administrative offices, student art labs, educational classrooms, gallery and meeting space, a sculpture garden and a 350-seat "Black-Box" theater.

Phase III - An Artist Village to provide a serene, productive environment for artist residency programs. Artist housing and dedicated spaces will inspire creativity and encourage artists to share their processes and methods of producing art with the public.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
~ Henry David Thoreau