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May Is Art Month In Walton County

April 1, 2024 by SoWal Staff

Art Month is an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) with the purpose to bring communities, organizations and businesses together to present quality arts and entertainment to the community. Spanning the month of May, Art Month will feature visual, performing, and literary arts programming in diverse formats and in various venues throughout Walton county. ​

2024 Art Month Walton features events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County, including Dine + Dive - a fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Art Classes, Gallery events and more.

Dine + Dive

Join us in Grand Boulevard Town Center on Wednesday, May 1 from 6 - 9 p.m. for Dine + Dive, a fine art, food and wine event igniting all of the senses to benefit the nation’s first Underwater Museum of Art.  Get Tickets Now! The CAA and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are pleased to expand the former Under the Sea event to feature more than a dozen restaurant tasting stations, scores of incredible wines to sample as well as incredible live music from Cousin Curtiss, a 30A Songwriters Festival favorite!​

NEW this year… a UMA Experience where party-goers can virtually “dive in and swim” through the digitally projected sculptures as if they were moving along the Gulf floor.

Cousin Curtiss brings to the stage a fiery dynamic rarely seen by a solo act and now partnered up with the equally enigmatic and soulfully driven electric guitar prowess of Harrison B, these two road warriors are on a mission to electrify audiences everywhere with their two-man full-band sound. Think, "blues at bluegrass speeds." Imagine, "rock americana with a soulful drip." Experience rapid fire acoustic guitar, incendiary harmonica, fiercely energized solos, all driven by a thunderous kick drum.

Guests are invited to celebrate the Underwater Museum of Art’s 6th deployment with a night of art, wine tasting, continuous live music, cocktails, food, and fun! View several of the UMA sculptures, enjoy a full cash bar with specialty drinks, meet and greet with the artists, and taste featured items from popular area restaurants and celebrated Chefs.

Read more about Dine + Dive.

36th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival

In its 36th year, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is planned for May 4 & 5, 2024! Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Grand Boulevard Town Center, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from over 100 artists from around the country.

ArtsQuest is a juried show that includes artists in the categories of Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oils & Acrylics, Original Digital Art, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Works on Paper (Watercolor, Printmaking, Pastels, Pencils, Ink). ArtsQuest awards $10,000 in cash prizes.

The rain or shine event also features live performances, artist demonstrations, ImagiNation: where kids rule, food, beverages and more! Join us in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and again on Sunday, May 5, 10am - 5pm. A $5 donation will be accepted at the entrance gate.

 Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

The 17th Annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach festival, underwritten by The Alys Foundation, will be held May 17-18, 2024.

The Scenic 30A community of Alys Beach, located along the northwest Florida coastline, provides the environment for the Digital Graffiti festival, the open-air, organic gallery for the projections of these original artworks. Staged against the elegant white walls of Alys Beach, Digital Graffiti provides a large-scale blank canvas for artists to explore the visual intersection of art and architecture. The engagement between the art, architecture, and audience is transformative, creating an immersive and interactive art projection experience that is entirely unique to the Digital Graffiti festival, named as one of the top “24 Unconventional Art Destinations Around the World” by National Geographic.

Artists, designers, photographers, and architects are invited to submit their artwork to be projected under the night sky and onto the pristine, reflective white walls of Alys Beach. This evening festival features the town, buildings and landscape, illuminated by the latest in design, animation, and projection technologies; two glowing evenings of innovation and inspiration, with artists from around the world exhibiting works of projection mapping, generative art, experimental short films, and animation, as well as sound, motion, and light-responsive installations.

Digital Graffiti is a juried festival of original works of digital, projection art. The 2024 awards include Best of Show ($5,000 prize), Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize) and three Special Recognition honors (at $1,000 prize each), selected by the festival’s curator, John Colette, and esteemed panel of judges. The Alys Foundation has donated more than $300,000 in awards and artist stipends over the past 15 years, all to further digital work in the public realm.

 What is Art Month?

Art Month is an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County with the purpose to bring neighborhoods, organizations and businesses together to present quality arts and entertainment to the community. Spanning the month of May, Art Month will feature visual, performing and literary arts programming in diverse formats and in various venues throughout Walton County. See the official Art Month Walton County Calendar.

 Where does Art Month take place?

Art Month events happen throughout Walton County. Events can take place in galleries, businesses, restaurants, outdoors, indoors, and in any traditional or non-traditional space – the sky’s the limit.

 What events are included in Art Month?

In its first year, Art Month included Under the Sea - a fundraiser event for the Underwater Water Museum of Art, ArtsQuest – a fine arts show in Grand Boulevard, Digital Graffiti – a projection art festival in Alys Beach, the Longleaf Writers Conference, and more! Our goal is to include all kinds of performing, visual and literary art events, workshops, exhibits, concerts and creative experiences! See the official Art Month Walton County Calendar.

 How can my business or I be included in Art Month?

Interested organizations and individuals can submit an event to be included in Art Month. Submissions are accepted year-round, but must be received by the submission deadline each year to be included in the current year’s Art Month.

 Where should I stay while attending Art Month?

Most events have their own lodging partners who usually offer special discounts to those coming into town for Art Month events.

 How can an artist or organization can be involved?

    Workshops or classes in gallery or studio
    Behind the scenes sneak-peak during creation process (painting, theatre, music)
    Literary readings
    Talks, tours, panels to discuss creative topics of any kind
    Film showings
    Multi-day festivals, events, conferences
    Public art installation
    Be creative and come up with a unique idea! We are happy to brainstorm with you!

 Is there a fee to be included? What are my obligations?

There is a nominal fee to be included on the official AMSW event calendar and marketing collateral. We do require that you include the Art Month logo on your event collateral (posters, brochures, postcards, print ads). Logos and brand standards will be supplied to you.

 What benefit is there for my event to be a part of Art Month?

Your event will be promoted on the Cultural Arts Alliance website and in social media campaigns. Additionally, Art Month will be marketed locally, regionally and nationally through digital, print and radio campaigns. You will also be a part of this special community-wide arts initiative.

 How do I attend an Art Month event? Is there a cost?

Some events are free and some are ticketed. Visit each event’s listing on our website for complete details.

 What if I have more questions?

Feel free to send us an email at info@culturalartsalliance.com and we will help in any way we can.

Art Month Volunteers - there is a variety of volunteer opportunities for enthusiastic individuals, complete the online application.

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