Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Call for Volunteers

Festival of the Arts volunteers Ken Harrison and Cara Roy.

Do you have a heart for art? Then feel free to lend a hand. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is seeking volunteers for the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts to be held Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.


Various shifts are available, including set up and break down, main entry, artist relief, ArtStop children’s tent and beverage booths. All volunteers are welcome to arrive prior to their assigned shift or after their morning shift to visit the artists and enjoy the festival. Opportunities are available for students looking to donate their 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 is also available.


Admission is FREE to MKAF members and children under 12, and $5 for adults and non‑members.


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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