Under the Sea with the Cultural Arts Alliance


May 23, 2019

CAA Celebrates the Underwater Museum of Art with Fund-Raiser Featuring Yacht Rock Schooner

The 2nd annual “Under the Sea” fund-raising event on May 9, 2019, at Grand Boulevard Town Center kicked off the annual Art Month South Walton and celebrated the Underwater Museum of Art‘s second voyage with a night of art, dancing, cocktails, food, and fun featuring everyone’s favorite dance band, Yacht Rock Schooner!

Underwater Museum of Art UMA Under the Sea Event 2019 Yacht Rock Schooner
Yacht Rock Schooner

The eight-man band Yacht Rock Schooner is known for throwing the smoothest dance parties on the high seas, and took guests on a journey to the “good times” with the smooth sounds of the late ’70s and early ’80s. It was a party that spanned generations, and the band comprises some of Atlanta’s top players with a dual keyboard setup, multiple ace vocalists and (of course) a sax man.

Patrons also enjoyed complimentary food from several of South Walton’s favorite restaurants and a full cash bar in addition to having the exclusive chance to see twelve new UMA sculptures on land before they were deployed into the Gulf of Mexico. Guests got to meet the artists who designed and created the new sculptures that will join the seven sculptures already under the sea off the shore of Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Underwater Museum of Art event 2019 Miramar Beach FL Maxine Orange Maurice Hunter
“Love Thyself” by Maxine Orange and Maurice Hunter | Photo by Troy Ruprecht, We Create Lift
UMA Florida Underwater Museum Event 2019 Shohini Ghosh
“Aspiration” by Shohini Ghosh
UMA Florida Underwater Museum Event 2019 Beatriz Chachamovitz
“To Replenish with Water” by Beatriz Chachamovitz

Under the Sea is the major fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art, a project of the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art in Public Spaces program in collaboration with artist and diver Allison Wickey and produced with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association. All net proceeds from the event will fund the installation of twelve sculptures in the Underwater Museum of Art, the only permanent underwater museum/artificial reef in the United States. It was named one of Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” in 2018 just two months after opening.

UMA Florida Underwater Museum Event 2019 Ingram Ober Marisol Rendon
Rendering of “I Found It!” by Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendon
UMA Florida Underwater Museum Event 2019 Gianna Stewart
Rendering of “Depth of Decision” by Gianna Stewart
Under the Sea 2019 fund-raiser for Underwater Museum of Art Jim Richard Jennifer Steele Allison Wickey Andy McAlexander
Jim Richard, Jennifer Steele, Allison Wickey, and Andy McAlexander at Under the Sea 2019 fund-raiser for Underwater Museum of Art | Photo by Troy Ruprecht, We Create Lift

Learn more about the Underwater Art Museum in “Just Add Water” from VIE’s 2018 Art & Culture Issue here.


Jordan Staggs

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