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Volunteers… Mattie Kelly’s Festival of the Arts Wants YOU!

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Ora Wolfgram paints a face at the 2016 Festival of the Arts.

Do you have a heart for art? Then feel free to lend a hand. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for The 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts to be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.


Various shifts are available, including setup (Friday, Oct. 27), main entry, artist relief, children’s tent and beverage booths, as well as break down and more. All volunteers are welcome to arrive prior to their assigned shifts or after the morning shift to visit the artists and enjoy the festival.


Opportunities are available for students looking to donate time in exchange for community service hours.


One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the Festival of the Arts showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists from across the U.S. and Europe who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. FREE shuttle service and convenient on-site parking are also available. Admission is $5 for adults and not-yet-members, and FREE for MKAF members and children 12 and under.


To volunteer, contact Festival of the Arts Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Whidden at 850-376-7391 or email


To make a tax-deductible donation or provide a corporate sponsorship, or for more information about the Festival of the Arts, visit or call 850-650-2226.

Zandra Wolfgram
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