All Kinds of Art is the educational outreach programming component of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in Destin, Northwest Florida’s premier cultural arts organization.

Through All Kinds of Art, MKAF facilitates meaningful and engaging cultural experiences in K-12 schools and community organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Tradition

Throughout its 20-year history, “All Kinds of Art” (AKA), has inspired more than 275,000 children in more than 60 schools, including those dedicated to serving students with special needs. A majority of schools in the AKA service area are in rural and underserved communities, and lack access to arts programming. In addition, AKA works with United Way agencies serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties dedicated to helping low-income and high-risk children realize their full potential through empowering programs in the arts.

In 2015, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hired an education director, and more than doubled its school programs and residencies, thus multiplying its impact as a pro-active arts education partner for the youth of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. As a result, more than 10,000 students were impacted by All Kinds of Art programming in the course of one year.

Innovation

Exciting developments continue to unfold for the 2016-2017 educational season. All Kinds of Art believes in the power of art to ignite the love of learning in all academic areas, and is therefore delivering high-quality arts-integrated education programs through our “Full STEAM Ahead” initiative — taking the power of ARTS into engaging STEAM education programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math).

In addition, AKA is strengthening its focus on populations with special needs. In addition to continuing our commitment to provide quarterly arts programs to the Emerald Coast Autism Center, AKA is facilitating a week-long intensive drumming and world music residency focusing exclusively on children and adults with special needs, including United Way Agencies dedicated to providing care for special populations.

Furthermore, All Kinds of Art continues to respond to the needs of the community by expanding its scope and sequence to reach those who need the therapeutic benefits of arts the most. Proud to serve those in our extensive military presence in the area, AKA is currently developing arts programs specifically to serve our wounded warrior population.

And finally, drawing on the wealth of talent, spirit, and generosity of the many artists in the area who wish to give back, AKA serves as a vehicle to “pay it forward” — to make an impact on the community. AKA coordinates residencies and ongoing programs, such as a music mentoring program for children in an after-school program in a local low-income housing project.

All Kinds of Art truly draws out the best in people of all ages and abilities, providing inspiring opportunities in the arts.

Special Recognition

All Kinds of Art is proud to be a recipient of the State of Florida Commissioner of Education Award of Distinction — (Florida Department of Education) for youth development through the arts

2015 ---- A Year in All Kinds of Art: Celebrating 20 Years of Arts Education

Artist Residency: Donna Wissinger: “Tales of Legendary Florida: 500 Years of History Through Music and Art” for Okaloosa and Walton schools

Student Concert: Co-Sponsor with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Paint the Music, featuring violinist Tracy Silverman for students grade 3-8 in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Student Art Exhibition: “Okaloosa Arts”: K-12 student art show

Artist Residency: Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra guest soloists from “A Night at the Opera” for Walton County schools

Arts for Children with Autism: Quarterly arts programs for the Emerald Coast Autism Center

Music Mentoring: Weekly music mentoring sessions at Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center, a United Way Agency serving youth in low income housing

Summer Arts Camp: Kamp Kellywamba, visual and performing arts summer camps in DeFuniak Springs and Destin

Bluegrass Student Concert: Bluegrass Residency concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for secondary music students in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, featuring musical artists from MKAF’s Inaugural “Bluegrass at the Beach” festival

World Music Residency: “Hands on With Zig”: 18 percussion and world music education school assemblies and United Way agency workshops, including two schools for students with special needs

In Progress: Highlights from the 2016-2017 Academic Season

FULL STEAM AHEAD INITIATIVE: (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, & Math)

Theatre Residency: Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth — 16 theatre productions for 3rd-5th grade students in Walton and Okaloosa County schools, and family audiences at the Emerald Coast Science Center — presenting The Mysterious Mona Lisa," an original STEAM play exploring the art and science of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Traveling Art Exhibit: "Leonardo da Vinci" Florida Chautauqua Assembly, in DeFuniak Springs, and the Emerald Coast Science Center

Theatre Workshops: The REP (The Repertory Theatre in Seaside,) “Commedia Rapunzel” production and STEAM workshops for four United Way Agencies — features engineering of puppetry as featured in the play, critical thinking through improv comedy, and the science of stagecraft

Youth Art Event: Plein Air Paint-Out — Florida Chautauqua Assembly — Youth plein air (outdoor) painting classes exploring Renaissance ideals and local landscape

Summer Camps

1. With E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center, the ultimate in summer camps, featuring Native American themed drumming and songwriting classes with renowned percussionist “Hands on With Zig,” wildlife-themed visual arts classes, and hands-on science learning, featuring live animal ambassadors.

All Kinds of Art is committed to collaborating with partner agencies serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties to create and implement the highest quality of arts education programming

“Great things are achieved by a series of small things, brought together.”— Vincent Van Gogh

Become a “Friend of AKA” today to support future cultural programs by contacting Marcia Hull with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 850-650-2226 or Marcia@mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.