The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is hoping the public will take advantage of a short online survey to weigh in on local arts activities and programming.
A 20-question survey can be accessed at https://www.research.net/s/MKAF4 from now until Sunday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m.
“The foundation really wanted to assess the needs and desires of the community in terms of what they want for art and cultural programming for Northwest Florida,” said Tracy Louthain, a public relations consultant for the project.
The non-profit arts organization hired Majority Opinion Research to handle the survey.
Several of the questions in the survey address the fact that there are two local organizations with similar names but different funding and missions.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is on Commons Drive in Destin and has no relationship to the Mattie Kelly Center for the Arts at Northwest Florida State College.
“I think there is confusion in the marketplace and both organizations are working to support the arts,” Louthain said. “But it’s important to make that distinction so they can complement each other’s activities.”
The foundation received funding in August to start construction in 2013 on an amphitheater and village green for the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village.
“They want to start this visioning now, in terms of the kind of cultural programming the community is interested in,” Louthain said. “They didn’t want to assume what the community wanted.”
The survey is open to anyone interested in expressing an opinion, including residents, tourists and folks who own a second home in the area.
“They’re trying to get the broadest reach in Northwest Florida,” Louthain said.
Those who complete the survey can choose to be entered in a drawing to win a special piece of artwork created by 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski.