Don't miss the kickoff to the 2021 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Spring Concerts in the Village! Concerts held at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village every Thursday night from April 22nd
Don’t miss the kickoff to the 2021 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Spring Concerts in the Village! Concerts held at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village every Thursday night from April 22nd to June 24th. These highly-anticipated outdoor concerts are family-friendly and picnic-friendly. VIP tables and military tickets are available. For more information visit mkaf.org/concerts.
About Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Established in 1995, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable arts organization, was founded on the cultural, educational and spiritual beliefs of Destin matriarch Mattie Kelly. A native Floridian, Mattie studied at Rollins College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida State University. Her commitment to learning led her to additional studies at Columbia University’s AB College of Arts and Science, Harvard Summer School, and Okaloosa-Walton Junior College (now Northwest Florida State College).
In 1935, she and her husband, Coleman Lee Kelly, moved to Destin with their five children. As one of the town’s founding families, they purchased acres of pristine forest along Choctawhatchee Bay and what is now Destin Harbor. Though they began as turpentine farmers, Mattie and Coleman soon established themselves as prominent local business owners and philanthropists, and are widely credited with pioneering Destin’s tourism and fishing industries.
Mattie Kelly was a lifelong patron of the arts, supporting arts organizations through her participation and financial gifts. She shared her own artistic expression by writing a book of poems, playing piano and organ, and composing music regularly. Today, MKAF remains firmly committed to Mattie Kelly’s vision of making the cultural arts available to all in Northwest Florida.
April 22 (Thursday) 5:00 pm - June 24 (Thursday) 9:00 pm
The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
4323 Commons Drive West
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation850-650-2226 4323 Commons Dr W Destin, FL 32541