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COCA’s Monthly Arts in Education Newsletter for October 2022

COCA Announcements 
Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition
(Teacher Participation Application Deadline: October 7th)
COCA's K-12 Winter Festival Exhibition is in line with the Winter Festival celebration put on by the city. The submission process is two-fold: first teachers express interest in participating, and then they submit up to two student artworks.
Giving in Florida Tour
(***Due to Hurricane Ian, this event was postponed and will be rescheduled***)
COCA and the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, VyStar Credit Union, UPHS, INIE are hosting the Giving in Florida Tour. Join us to learn more about the new Giving in Florida report that allows the nonprofit sector to understand the motives and incentives behind charitable giving behavior in our state and region. The event will take place at Tallahassee Theater and the updated date is not yet set.
Order the arts license plate and let your support show wherever you go.
Purchasing a State of the Arts license plate is an affordable way to make a direct contribution to the arts and culture in Leon County.
COCA gets $20 from the sale of each arts tag in Leon County and those funds support arts education programs in our community.
Education and Public Art
Crowns, Concerns, &
Eyes Wide Open: A Harris Wiltsher Solo Exhibition
(September 9th-November 7th)
Harris Wiltsher is a much-accomplished artist who has exhibited his work throughout the country in New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, and many others. He is a professor and Gallery Director at Florida A&M University. His work will be exhibited at the Artport Gallery at the Tallahassee International Airport starting September 9th. Learn more about the show here.
Brush Strokes
(September 7th-November 14th)
The Tallahassee Watercolor Society (TaWS) in partnership with the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) is proud to present the members’ juried exhibition, Brush Strokes. This exhibition comprises 2-dimensional artworks made using watered-down gouache or acrylic paint but primarily features artworks created using watercolor. This annual aqueous media exhibition is making a splash, featuring artworks never before shown by TaWS. Learn more about the exhibit here.
COCA Public Art Walks
COCA offers a number of public art walks including the Downtown and Gaines Street Public Art Walks. These walks offer an active way of seeing and appreciating outdoor public art. If interested in organizing a field trip, you can email Sahara Lyon at sahara@tallahasseearts.org.
a d v e r t i s e m e n t
Teaching Resources
While live interaction is often an integral part of an arts-based curriculum, we've compiled a list of resources for teaching in the digital sphere. Online tools, content, and protocols can offer new approaches to instruction, technique, performance, and collaboration.
Click here for COCA's ongoing, weekly updated Classified with funding resources for academics, researchers, and educators.
Please share these resources with others and if you've found resources that could help other art teachers, please email them to sahara@tallahasseearts.org.
Learning for Justice
Educator Fund
(Deadline: October 14th)
The Learning for Justice Educator Fund supports educators who embrace and embed social justice, anti-bias and anti-racist principles throughout their classrooms and schools. LFJ seeks to collaboratively build educators’ capacity to do this. LFJ believes these approaches in education encourage children and young people to challenge injustice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives and communities.
LifeChanger of The Year Awards (Deadline: October 31st)
We all know teachers and school district employees who inspire us and go above and beyond for their students. They could be a physical education teacher who started a nonprofit to teach students about art and music, an administrator who visits the homes of students in need, or a maintenance worker who fundraises for school programs. These educators and school employees are LifeChangers, and National Life Group is here to help you honor them. LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. The program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Society for Classical Studies Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the K-12 Level (Deadline: November 1st)
Teachers, full- or part-time, of grades K-12, in schools in the United States and Canada who at the time of the application teach at least one class of Latin, Greek, or classics at the K-12 level, and have taught for a minimum of five years, are eligible. Membership in the SCS is not required. No previous winner of this award is eligible to apply for it a second time. Candidates will be eligible for consideration for two consecutive years and unsuccessful dossiers may be revised and resubmitted again five years after the first submission. To apply and learn more, click here.
Professional Development
Tallahassee Area Orff Chapter
As a chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, its main purpose is to provide a professional development community for elementary music teaching in the Florida Panhandle through workshops and study of the Orff approach. They host three to four workshops a year featuring local, state, and national leaders in the field of elementary education. Members believe that great teachers never stop learning and that community is central to professional development.
Florida Art Education Association 2022 Conference
(October 13-16, 2022)
The 70th annual FAEA Professional Development Conference takes place this year from October 13th to the 16th at Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This year there will be workshops, museum tours, giveaways, an Artist Bazaar, and much more. This year's keynote speakers are Marilyn Stewart and Amy Gross.
Art Education News
Crosswalks to Classrooms
On Saturday, September 24th, students from Kate Sullivan Elementary School and Elizabeth Cobb Middle School partnered with Tampa artist Jay Giroux to paint two crosswalks on Hillcrest and Mitchell. Students were at the center of the planning and design process, exposing them to careers in art, communications, and city planning. Similar projects have been shown to slow down traffic, increase crosswalk usage and decrease negative interactions between cars and pedestrians, improving overall safety. Learn more about the project here and watch COCA's Facebook live here.
Job, Internship, and Submission Opportunities
2023 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity
(Deadline: October 5th)
Embracing Our Differences is seeking writing submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard-size images paired with quotations created by local, national, and international students, artists, and writers. The display reflects the artists’ and writers’ interpretations of the theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit will be on display from January 18 through May 29, 2023, in three locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida. Two cash awards of $2,000 are given for “Best in Show (Quotation), Adult” and “Best in Show (Quotation), Student.
Thomasville Center for the Arts seeking Adult Arts Teacher (Deadline: May 31st, 2023)
Thomasville Center for the Arts is looking for artists of all disciplines willing to teach an art class to adults. The Center is hosting “date night” workshops using a variety of mediums based on artist preference. The maximum size for each class is 15 people.
8th Annual Dr. Ginaldi's Healthy Kids Art Campaign 2023
Each year, the Radiology Associates of Tallahassee put together a campaign to help raise money for elementary school arts programs by creating a calendar of elementary students' artwork. This year, the theme is "A Healthy Family" and the artwork must be ready to be picked up from school by the Radiology Associates on Friday, October 14th, 2022. Artwork for the calendar is selected from the submissions and then a reception will be held on November 17th, 2022. For more information and to request an entry form, email Radiology Associates' Marketing Coordinator, Corenda Bell at cbell@radassociates.com
Call for Papers- Art & Education for Social Justice Symposium (Deadline: October 5th)
This call for papers invites scholars, practitioners, artists, and educators—from the community and the academy—to share their work in the 11th Art & Education for Social Justice Symposium. Social justice is a broad objective that inspires an interdisciplinary approach and this symposium asks, how may art and education support such initiatives? The goal of this event is to include and amplify voices that are often on the margins of academia and to share the theories, methodologies, and results of art and education practices that strive to have a direct public impact. The encounter will focus on the guiding question: How are art and education inspiring, affecting, and promoting social change? Click here to learn more.
LeMoyne Arts Seeking Interns
At LeMoyne Arts, interns share their time and talents to bring arts experiences to the community. LeMoyne is seeking friendly, team-oriented people to assist with gallery and garden beautification, exhibit installation and deinstallation, event set-up, gallery greeting and more. To apply, click here.
With Appreciation
COCA Education Grant
Around Town
Tallahassee Youth Orchestras
Fall Concert
(October 9, 2022)
Tallahassee Youth Orchestras Fall Concert will be held at Opperman Music Hall at 3:00 PM. Tickets will be available online on September 1st or at the door on the day of the concert. Adults are $10, Children are $5, FSU/TCC/FAMU students with ID are free.
AR Workshop's
Sunday Family Fun Day
Bring the family and join us at AR Workshop Tallahassee for a CANVAS & PLANK WOOD DIY class! Choose to make ANY Wood or Canvas project we offer! In the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and (non-toxic!) stain colors. Food and drinks are welcome in the workshop, including adult beverages!
Sounds of Tallahassee
Call to Musicians
Vibrant and diverse, creative and innovative - Tallahassee's music community has long been one of our greatest assets. "Sounds of Tallahassee" serves as a portal to the unique musical offerings that make the Big Bend region so special. In partnership with Moose Magnificat Radio and Cat Family Records, COCA offers this auditory adventure. We invite you to be part of "Sounds of Tallahassee," an initiative that promotes area musicians and connects them with new audiences. Any musician living in a 100-mile radius of Tallahassee is eligible for this opportunity. More info here
Volunteer with Classroom Connection
This partnership between the Tallahassee Chamber, Leon County Schools, and World Class Schools provides a strong foundation for our kindergarteners. Leon County Schools is preparing to welcome more than 3,000 kindergarteners this August, which is about 400+ more than a regular school year. With more than 170 classrooms up for adoption, we are asking our members to join us in supporting our children in their most critical year of development. This is not a monetary ask. We are asking for volunteer time and teacher support.
BuddyKnit Peer Mentoring
BuddyKnit, a nonprofit organization started by Rickards junior Sruthi Sentil, is offering peer mentoring services to students in the Big Bend area! Our focus is to serve mentees in the foster care system, though we accept students from all backgrounds. We are recruiting both mentees (2nd to 8th grade), and mentors (6th to 12th grade). Mentors can act either as educational tutors or simply as a companion to their mentee. Check out our website for more information on the program, and how you can get involved, or reach via phone/email. Click here for more.
FSU's Festival of The Creative Arts
The Florida State University Office of Research presents the Festival of the Creative Arts, a campus-wide collaborative event highlighting the diverse voices, talents and creativity of FSU faculty and students. Departments from across campus will come together Oct. 6-9, to celebrate the innovation and diversity that results from combining various modes of expression and subjects together. The festival will feature a wide array of interactive exhibits, including film screenings and discussions led by FSU professors and symposiums covering topics such as the future of arts education and the interconnectedness of science and writing. Click here to learn more.
Field trip visits to see
Southern Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar
(November 18th: 11 am and 1 pm)
Calling area schools and teachers! Southern Shakespeare is pleased to offer two field trip performances of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare on Friday, November 18th at 11 AM and 1 PM. Bring your students to experience the dramatized history of ancient Roman orators and the enlivened rhetoric of a great Elizabethan playwright. Tickets are $20 each. Learners will be seated 8 at a table, and the action will unfold around and among the tables in this immersive, 60-minute performance at the Moon. The performance is followed by a 30-minute Q&A led by Education Director Jason Chimonides and select show creatives. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
About the Arts in Education Newsletter
To submit listings for COCA's Arts in Education Monthly Newsletter, send a description of 50 words or less to Sahara Lyon at sahara@tallahasseearts.org. COCA reserves the right to include or exclude any listing at its discretion and to determine the content and placement of all listings. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm on the fourth Monday of the month.
COCA does not endorse any artists, organizations, or programs listed herein, nor imply stature through their inclusion in this newsletter. While we have made every effort to ensure that this information is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information.  
Sahara Lyon
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