Thank you to the 30A Songwriters Festival partners, ticket buyers, volunteers and musicians for their support of the CAA’s mission to be the driving force for the arts in Walton County. Learn more and become of Member of the CAA at culturalartsalliance.com.
The 30A Songwriters Festival, now in its eleventh year, is the major fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that champions the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The Festival’s success is critical to the success of the CAA, and your support as a ticket-buyer, partner or volunteer helps us provide an abundance of programs, services and support to the community.
Founded in 1993, the CAA continues to fulfill the vision of Walton County’s arts pioneers by distributing net proceeds through the Art For All Program, which funds need-based student scholarships, college scholarships, artist continuing education grants and grants to other arts organizations, teachers and schools. These grants make it possible to incorporate music, performing arts, visual arts and other art programs into the classroom that are not usually available due to lack of funding. Many of the needs are basic, like books and art supplies; others are for special projects, equipment and instruments.
In 2016, the CAA opened the first-ever professional artist collective, The Foster Gallery, named in memory and honor of Susan Foster, one of the CAA’s founders and one of the area’s first gallery owners and artists. The Foster Gallery provides an opportunity for member artists to be featured in a professional gallery setting and also features special exhibits.
From oil & acrylic painting to basket weaving, the CAA offers 250 days of affordable visual arts classes and learning at the Bayou Arts Center and The Foster Gallery to over 1500 adults and nearly 500 children each year. Scholarships are also available for students to take advantage of these classes at no cost. No one is turned away due to lack of financial means.
Through our new Art In Public Spaces Program (AIPS), the CAA created the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in partnership with South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Launching in June 2018, the UMA is the first of its kind in the United States. Artists created seven permanent underwater sculptures that are on the bed of the Gulf of Mexico (off Grayton Beach) and becoming artificial reefs that improve the health of our ecosystem.
The CAA also produces other cultural events…Art Week South Walton, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, the Longleaf Writers Conference, and the Flutterby Arts Festival!
The CAA’s goal is to put Walton County on the map for its cultural and artistic excellence, and the 30A Songwriters Festival, co-produced with Russell Carter Artist Management each January, is proof that music and art are very important reasons to come to visit this beautiful destination.