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Fine Arts

The Importance of Fine Arts

Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each human being. Those who have studied learning processes throughout the ages, beginning with Plato, have emphasized the importance of the arts in the education process. Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Study in the arts is integral to our society. They are a part of the cultural heritage of every American. The arts are what make us most human, most humane, and most complete as people. The fine arts also provide learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity. These are the very fibers of the fabric known as our American culture.

The arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure any more than math or science can. Education and engagement in the fine arts are an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component in the educational program of every student in the Walton County School District.

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Showcase of Events and Activities!

The 7th Annual Rosemary Beach Foundation - Music in Pictures arts in education initiative and juried art contest celebrates the music of five diverse composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Edvard Grieg and JohnLuther Adams. 

Last year, over 4,000 students from Walton County Schools listened to and visually interpreted classical music.  Their artwork was entered into a juried competition for public exhibition. This year, 403 paintings were on display at 3 locations: Amavida Coffee & Tea (Rosemary Beach®), The South Walton County Coastal Branch Library (Santa Rosa Beach) and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach).

Created in collaboration with professional musicians and Florida State University Faculty, Music in Pictures also includes classical performances, classroom presentations, and professional development workshops for teachers. Guest performers and clinicians for the 2017-2018 Music in Pictures initiative are: Ben Sung, assistant professor of music at Florida State University; Jiyhe Chang, concert pianist; Megan Lineberry, solo violinist; Katie Ott, harpist and the Lux String Quartet from Florida State University.  

Jiyhe Chang pianist Paxton      


The Walton County School District winner for the Art in the Capitol Competition for the Middle School students of Walton County is ECMS 8th Grader, Diego Duran-Gonzales!  Diego is the student of Jennifer Rhea, art teacher at ECMS.  Diego's work will hang in the Florida Capitol during the regular legislative session. The Art in the Capitol Competition is a statewide visual arts competition that requires each school district to annually hold an art competition for all students grades 6 through 8 attending public schools, private schools and home education.

Students from the Walton County School District music programs attended the 2017 Florida Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Tampa, Florida, January 11-14, 2017.  Student musicians from Freeport Elementary School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Walton High School Chorus, Emerald Coast Middle School Band, Freeport High School Band, and Paxton High School Band represented the district in outstanding performances under the direction of internationally acclaimed conductors and educators.  

Florida All-State Conference 2017

Fine Arts Resources

Music Links

The following links are provided to help you connect and educate yourself to the musical world around you. The Walton County School District assumes no responsibility for any of the links below.

State Educational Music Organizations

National Educational Music Organizations

Music Web sites for Theory and Other Aids

Visual Arts


Middle and High School Vertical Teaming Guide

Visual Arts Links

The following links are provided to help you connect and educate yourself to the visual world around you. The Walton County School District assumes no responsibility for any of the links below.

State Educational Arts Organizations

Florida Art Education Association
Florida Arts Alliance

National Educational Arts Organizations

National Art Education Association 
College Board Resources


Dance Organizations


Curriculum Support

Theatre Organizations