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Chipola Regional Arts Association

Founded in 1989 and consisting of community leaders, the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) develops the appreciation and enjoyment of all the cultural arts and supports the arts at Chipola College and the five county areas it serves by:

         sponsoring children programming in area schools

         contributing to the Artist Series and art exhibitions

         providing granting opportunities for area music, art, and theatre teachers

         supporting art scholarships to Chipola District students

         building an endowment to support the vital programs of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College

Their unwavering effort to support the cultural life in the Chipola District has enriched the lives of countless community members.

Artist Series Season

CRAA Mini Grant Program for K-12 Teachers

CRAA Scholarship

Sunday Afternoon with the Arts


2014-2015 Programs

Dutch luncheon meetings are open to the public and held at Jim's Buffet & Grill in Marianna on the third Tuesday of each month, except for December, June, July and August and feature interesting art related programs.  The luncheon begins at 11:30 with the program beginning at noon.

September 16        Program:         Baptist College of Florida Music Department

October 21            Program:         FSU College of Motion Picture Arts

                            This meeting will be held in the Center for the Arts at Chipola College.  The dutch treat luncheon and General Meeting will begin at 11:30 followed by the program at 1 p.m. in the Theatre. For lunch reservations call 850-718-2277 by October 11.

November 18         Program:        

January 20             Program:        

February 17           Program:         Highlights from Chipola Theatre

March 17               Program:         Mini-Grant Presentations

                            This meeting will be held in Calhoun County. 

April 21                 Program:         Mini-Grant Presentations

May 19                  Program:         Mini-Grant Presentations and

                                                   Installation of Officers


CRAA Cultural Calendar

Every year, CRAA mails out two cultural event calendars to over 800 constituents: Fall/Winter Calendar and Spring/Summer Calendar. If you would like to submit a cultural event for inclusion in this calendar, please contact Anita Price at (850) 718-2277 or

Fall 2014 Calendar

Spring 2015 Calendar


Opportunities to Support the Arts in the Chipola District

Partners in the Arts

The Chipola Regional Arts Association provides critical support for cultural activities in the Chipola five-county area.  This difference is a direct result of the loyal and generous financial support of our Partners in the Arts.

What You or Your Organization Can Do:

   Underwrite an Artist Series Event or host an Artist Series Reception

   Become a Corporate Sponsor

   Give a tax deductible gift to the Chipola Regional Arts Association:

*         Benefactor: $1,000 & up

*         Patron: $500 - $999

*         Sponsor: $250 - $499

*         Contributor: $100 to $249

*         Supporter: $25 - $99

Partner in the Arts Application


Friends of the Arts Endowment

Since 2004, the CRAA established an endowment fund that is building a financial resource to help fund vital programs of the Fine and Performing Arts Department for the future of Chipola College. The goal has been set for $100,000 and the organization is over half way there! If you would like to donate to this cause and secure funding for the arts in the Chipola District for generations, complete the endowment form or contact the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2277.

Endowment Support Letter and Form


2014-2015 Executive Board

President:                                                Joan Stadsklev

Vice President:                                         Dr. Jerry Kandzer

Secretary:                                                Muriel Turner

Treasurer:                                                Jo-Ann Anderson

Hospitality:                                              Jim Roberts

Programs:                                               George Sweeney

Promotional:                                            Polly Roberts 

Membership:                                            Dr. Christine Yoshikawa

Historian:                                                 Ruth Kinsolving

Calhoun County Representative:                Hope Peacock

Liberty County Representative:                  Gloria Keenan

Washington County Representative:          Jeanne Lavender 

Member at Large:                                     Roy Turner

If you are interested in joining CRAA or in being added to the membership email list, contact Dr. Christine Yoshikawa at

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