About Us

Mattie Kelly
Mattie M. Kelly

Founded in 1997, the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College is a partnership of Northwest Florida State College, the Northwest Florida State College Foundation, Inc., and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College, dedicated to the cultural, environmental, historical and instructional goals set forth for the institute by the late Mattie M. Kelly of Destin, FL.


  • To provide a meeting place for fine arts groups and performing groups
  • To provide a location for conference and seminars offered through Northwest Florida State College
  • To provide a location for biology studies and marine science studies associated with Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico
  • To provide a location for displaying the cultural heritage of Northwest Florida
  • To provide instruction in the Fine and Performing Arts and Environmental Sciences

Institute Programs, Fiscal Management and Operation
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