The mission of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is to be the leading art advocate of cultural arts and student educational outreach serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties in Northwest Florida.
Since 1995, MKAF has been committed to cultivating and nurturing a deep appreciation of the arts in residents and visitors along the breathtaking Emerald Coast. Named in honor of Destin matriarch and benefactor, Mattie Kelly, MKAF has grown over the past 20 years to include community outreach and children’s educational art programs, along with an extensive calendar of concerts, performances and other events celebrating a wide variety of artistic pursuits.
Art builds strong communities, soothes the spirit and enriches lives. The public is invited to attend many popular events held throughout the year. Donors, members, sponsors and volunteers are the lifeblood of the MKAF organization.
Cultural Arts Village
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.
There are many cultural things to do in Destin, Florida and MKAF is a proud to host a variety of exciting cultural and art events throughout the year, including musical performances and an annual Festival of the Arts.