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Call for Volunteers for the 28th Annual 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 28th Annual Festival of the Arts kicks off on Friday, Oct. 27 with a reception at Henderson Beach Resort; the exhibition is Saturday, Oct. 28 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 29 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on The Dugas Pavilion lawn in Destin.

Various shifts are available including set up (on 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 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 $12,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include a food bistro, wine & 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 volunteer, go to to reserve your desired shift or contact Festival of the Arts Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Shea at (850) 217-2833 or email her at

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.


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