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COCA Announcements

ONLINE events are a NEW category on our
Tallahassee Arts Guide at
List all your VIRTUAL arts classes, workshops,
summer camps, and more in the "Events" category on our site. 
ALL ONLINE EVENTS will be listed and featured in our weekly Monday Tallahassee Arts Guide "This Week" email that goes to over 13,000 individuals. Anyone in the 100-mile radius around Tallahassee can add listings to the Tallahassee Arts Guide.
Questions? Feel free to contact Amanda Thompson at  or 850-224-2500
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Abstract perspective
July 8, 2020
Linda Johnson has been teaching art for nearly 40 years and in that time, she's learned a few things about adaptability. When the pandemic forced schools to close, Johnson relied on decades of experience to ease herself and her Deerlake Middle School students into a new distance instruction model. "As the saying goes, we were building the plane while flying it," quipped Johnson.   

Aside from learning a new software platform while simultaneously using it to teach, educators also had to navigate multiple communication channels. In terms of classroom content, Johnson admits it was difficult "to find a balance between projects that had technical and creative value, while at the same time not requiring too much when many households were struggling with digital access, uprooted routines, childcare challenges, and financial unknowns."  

Understanding that students and families would be stressed and may not have access to many art supplies, she planned lessons that were simple and required little in the way of materials.

Johnson wanted to offer a more rigorous project to eighth graders enrolled in her high school credit art class. She decided an abstract photography activity would allow them to tackle a difficult concept in a way that wasn't too intimidating. All they needed was a digital camera, a light source, a large piece of white fabric or paper draped over a chair, an assortment of household items, and a basic understanding of abstract art.

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived articles on the COCA blog.
Online lessons merge music and science concepts
July 15, 2020
Depending on atmospheric conditions, sound waves travel through air at around 767 miles per hour. That's approximately how fast teachers moved as they adjusted to new conditions created by the pandemic.

In a flurry of activity, educators hurriedly developed new lessons for distance learning. Tina Mason moved at the speed of sound to create meaningful and engaging activities that addressed two subject areas at once.  

As the music teacher at W.T. Moore Elementary, Mason knows a lot about acoustics, the scientific study of sound waves. During the last few weeks of school, she merged music and science to help students study these invisible, longitudinal waves. 

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived articles on the COCA blog.
'I miss sharing the world'
July 22, 2020
Though Jessica Barthle is relatively new to the classroom, she has come to understand a lot about her art students during her past two years at Rickards High School. Most of that knowledge has been acquired in the last few months as a result of the pandemic. 

Like everyone else, students at Rickards have struggled to adjust to the new normal. Many of them and their families face additional hurdles that make current circumstances even more challenging, from worries as acute as housing and food insecurity to a simple lack of access to art materials. 

Prior to the pandemic, on a fairly regular basis, many of Barthle's students let her know they didn't have supplies at home. She'd lend them materials on a case-by-case basis but, once schools shut down, that was no longer possible. Knowing her students needed a creative outlet, Barthle decided to equip them all with the tools they'd need to express themselves while sheltering at home.  

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived articles on the COCA blog.
Improv for Life
July 29, 2020
If there's anything we can count on right now, it's change. The ability to adapt to rapidly shifting situations has become critical as the world grapples with the pandemic. Leon High School theater students have an advantage in coping with life's current unanticipated reality, thanks to their theater teacher Lea Marshall.  
Improvisational theater celebrates all things unplanned and unscripted. When school shut down, Marshall designed distance learning offerings that focused on improv. The activities she presented encouraged her students to respond quickly to change, creatively integrate new directions, and seize unexpected opportunities.

Taking things moment-by-moment and accepting the current situation are essential to improv. Not only are these helpful skills for theater, they're handy in a real-world crisis too.  

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived articles on the COCA blog.
Resources for an Online Curriculum
Please share these resources with others and if you've found resources that could help other arts teachers, please email them to Amanda Thompson at

Click here to visit our Pinterest page for a huge, COCA curated list of creative, educational, and entertaining arts activities in all disciplines. These resources are sure to keep little ones, tweens, and teens learning and growing artistically. 
FAEA is Now Accepting Member Virtual Exhibition Artwork Submissions (Deadline: Sept. 8)
The purpose of the Member Virtual Exhibition is to provide the opportunity for members to participate in a statewide, juried competition of their peers. The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) proudly sponsors this exhibition to foster and encourage our members as working artists and we celebrate their accomplishments! Learn more and submit your artwork here
National Young Arts Competition (Deadline: Oct. 16)
YoungArts is now accepting applications from visual, literary and performing artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 through October 16, 2020.
YoungArts winners receive cash awards, mentorship by accomplished artists, a lifetime of creative and professional support, a peer network of distinguished artists, nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and national recognition. Click here for more details.  
Call for Writers: Rattle Seeks Submissions By Children (Deadline: November 15)
Rattle Seeks Submissions By Children for their annual Young Poets Anthology-poets must be age 15 or younger. Poems may be submitted by the poet, or by the poet's parent/legal guardian, or teacher. Teachers may select at most five students per year and submit on their behalf. Rattle will be selecting up to 20 poems for their publication. More info here.
Interactive Academy/FAAE Digital Media Room
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education and the Interactive Academy are making digital online platforms available to the arts community in an effort to restore some of the loss of revenue organizations are experiencing during the COVID 19 outbreak. Learners of all ages will be able to take classes that are streamed to the privacy of your personal Digital Media Room (DMR). Instructional aides such as handouts and quizzes will also be available in the DMR. To learn more about enrolling as a student or offering a live stream as a teacher, click here. 
Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants (Deadline: Rolling)
Grants are available for organizations to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. This funding can support staff's travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities, or artists' travel expenses for onsite planning meetings with presenting organizations. Click here to learn more. 

Awesome Tallahassee (Deadline: Rolling)

Each month Awesome Tallahassee awards a $1,000 grant to people doing awesome things in our community. If you have a great idea for the Tallahassee area apply for a grant today!
Click here for more details.  
To learn about other opportunities and stimulus resources, visit the Classifieds section of COCA's Tallahassee Arts Guide
Professional Development
FAAE Announces New Dates for Annual Summit (September 18-20)
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education is glad to inform you that the 2020 Annual Leadership Summit will not be cancelled. This gathering for professional development, award celebrations, and collaborations will still be held at the Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village (5951 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL  33914).  All gathering areas are spacious, and safety measures will be put into place. FAAE is working on an option for those who cannot attend but would like to view the keynotes and breakouts session via live stream or video recordings. To learn more and register, click here

Arts Education is Essential Unified Statement
From the National Association for Music Education, on behalf of all performing arts. Click here to read and share. 
Open Letter to Superintendents, Principals, and School Board Members
"Visual Arts/Design Instruction for All Learners Is More Essential Than Ever" offered by the National Art Education Association. Click here to read and share. 
Around Town
New ONLINE content on Tallahassee Arts Guide 
Check out all the family-friendly, local, virtual offerings including events, classes, workshops, and lessons. Please visit us at to access our resources and to add your own arts-related listings.
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

Call for Student Filmmakers (Call Opens: July 15; Deadline: Aug. 14)
The Northeast Leon Society for Arts & Culture (NELSAC) presents this contest for students residing in Leon County, so they may demonstrate their film making skills, while coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. Students attending kindergarten, elementary, middle, or high schools in the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to participate in the contest. Such schools include a Leon district school, home school, charter school, private school, and virtual school. Click here for more info. 
Justice Through Art (Deadline: Aug. 24)
LeMoyne Arts invites you to voice your feelings for a unique exhibit titled "Justice through Art." What does "Equal Justice For All" or "Confronting and Challenging Racism" look and sound like for you? This exhibit is open for all ages and submissions can be drawings, paintings, sculpture, poetry and essays. Find more info here.  
Seven Hills Literary Contest and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest (Deadline: Aug. 31)
The Seven Hills Literary Contest is in its twenty-sixth year while the Penumbra Poetry Contest is in its thirty-third year. Both contests are open to writers of all skill levels and must be the original, unpublished work of the submitter. All judging is blind by professionally published authors. Penumbra judges are published, recognized poets. Winners are published in the Seven Hills Review the following year, usually by the end of March. See more here
Anhinga Press Offers Free Poetry Titles
Since 1974 the mission of Anhinga Press has been to bring quality poetry to a broad audience by publishing poetry, sponsoring poetry events and educational activities, hosting and participating in writers festivals, working with area colleges, making our books available as textbooks for students, and networking with other arts organizations as a good citizen of the arts community and the community at large. In keeping with our mission, we are offering a diverse selection of our titles for free to educators, students, and community organizers, to help provide poetry to those who may not have easy access due to lack of funds. Click here for more info. 
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Database
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has added a powerful new database to its website. The new database pulls together over 650 materials from across the Center's numerous projects, grants, and contracts, and allows users to search available materials by resource type, project, audience, and age level. Click here for more info. 
Job and Internship Opportunities
FSU Teaching Faculty I, 9 Month Salaried (School of Theatre)
Florida State University seeks accomplished actor and teacher to join the faculty to teach in its nationally-ranked School of Theatre and College of Motion Picture Arts. The nine-month School of Theatre Teaching Faculty I position will teach acting for the camera in the School of Theatre, and acting for filmmakers in the College of Motion Picture Arts, and serve as a strong and critical link between the two nationally-ranked art programs to begin Fall, 2020. Learn more about this opportunity here

Mission San Luis Fall 2020 Education Department Intern (Deadline: Sept. 4)
Mission San Luis's Education Department is seeking an intern to assist in creating programming to inform the public of the history of Mission San Luis. Duties and responsibilities include conducting historical and practical research for museum programming, including special events, staffing public programs and events; serving as a docent historic site tours for guests of all ages and backgrounds, maintaining neatness and cleanliness in all areas, and other duties as needed. Click here for more info.

Did You Know?
Hamilton is one of the most popular musicals of all time but this isn't the first time that Alexander Hamilton's story has hit the stage. Hamilton was also the name of a 1917 Broadway play written by a high-society woman named Mary Hamlin. Starring George Arliss, it followed the underrated founding father as he helped devise a new financial structure for America.
At the time it won favourable reviews, but then it fell into obscurity.
"Congratulations are due to Mary Hamlin and George Arliss upon the cordial public reception accorded to their play 'Hamilton,' upon the occasion of its first production in this city," read the New York Post. "The piece is a welcome and, in some respects, notable addition to the small body of genuine American drama."

To learn more about the 1917 version of Hamilton, click here. 
About the Arts in Education Newsletter
Amanda Karioth Thompson
Assistant Director
Education & Exhibitions Manager
Council on Culture & Arts
phone: 850-224-2500
fax: 850-224-2515
To submit listings for COCA's Arts in Education Monthly Newsletter, send a description of 50 words or less to Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA reserves the right to include or exclude any listing at its discretion and to determine the content and placement of all listings. 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 insure that this information is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information.