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Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, Music in Pictures is an educational arts initiative and juried art contest open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system – both public and private.


Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, Music in Pictures encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment.  During the Fall 2022, students discovered the power of music through interactive classroom presentations and performances by classical musicians.


2022 - 2023 SCHOOL YEAR

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The Music in Pictures project promotes creativity through the juried art contest where over 4,000 Walton County students (Kindergarten – 12th grade) from 20 Walton County schools* created a painting of their interpretation of classical music. This year’s Music in Pictures presents three beautiful pieces of music: Deep River by British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, La Mer[1]Movement II by French composer Claude Debussy and The Moldau by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana

Each school submitted their student paintings for judging and public exhibition. From these entries, the judges selected Judges’ Awards, Chairman’s Awards, and Medalists.

351 paintings were exhibited from March 1 - April 28, 2023, at the following locations:

  •  Amavida Coffee and Tea, Rosemary Beach®

  • Coastal Branch Library, Santa Rosa Beach

  • Freeport Public Library, Freeport

  •  Ascension/Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach


*Dune Lakes Elementary, Emerald Coast Middle School, Freeport Elementary School, Freeport Middle School, Freeport High School, Magnet Invocation Center/STEAM, Maude Saunders Elementary School, Mossy Head School, Paxton School,  Ohana Institute, Seaside Neighborhood School, South Walton Academy, South Walton High School, Tree House Montessori School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Walton Academy, Walton Middle School, Walton High School, West DeFuniak Elementary School, and WISE In10sity Magnet School.

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Under the direction of Dr. Jihye Chang Sung, Rosemary Beach Foundation instituted an outreach fellowship program with Florida State University.


The 2022 fellows were recommended and selected by FSU College of Music Faculty.  In September, the graduate musicians participated in an intensive workshop where they developed methods to engage students and the community in active listening.    

As part of the 12th Annual Music in Pictures program, the musicians performed as duos at Walton County schools.  


Art and Music Teachers

Walton County, Florida

Thank you for inspiring your students, cultivating creativity, and promoting self expression.  



   Winky & Bill Dowdle

Andrew McConnell Fund

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