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COCA's Monthly Arts in Education Newsletter

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COCA Announcements
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Around Town
Job Openings
Did You Know?
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COCA Announcements
Got Summer Camp Info?
We'll promote it for FREE!

It only takes a few minutes to post your arts related summer camps, workshops, and classes on COCA's Tallahassee Arts Guide.

Simply, click the "register" button in the upper right corner and set up your own free account if you haven't already. Then list your summer camps as events. We'll promote them directly to parents, grandparents, and caregivers for free. We may even write a feature article about your camp as part of our weekly arts education series in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Questions? Feel free to contact Amanda Thompson at or 850-224-2500
EDUCATORS - We'd love to have you as a COCA member!
COCA exists to serve the arts community and memberships are a big part of what allows us to do that. We provide services to educators and students and if you have benefited from COCA's support and resources, won't you consider become a new or renewing COCA member? We have a special category just for educators and you can learn more by clicking here.  
Questions? Feel free to contact Amanda Thompson at or 850-224-2500.
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Campers get creative with art, seeds and soil
May 1, 2019

When Elora Lambdin thinks about Earth Day, topics like "recycling, pollution and animals" come to her mind. A third grader at Florida State University School, she believes that regardless of age, we can all do our part to take care of the planet. She recently attended the "All About Earth" camp, presented by The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee and she got the opportunity to use her creativity to tackle environmental issues.  
Led by Layne Mikesell, CLC educational programs coordinator, Elora and her campmates explored a variety of art making techniques in celebration of Earth Day. They created watercolor portraits of the globe, handmade paper, rain cloud mobiles and seed bursts - marble sized balls made of clay, soil and seeds.

They can be used to introduce vegetation by simply tossing them into areas where the natural flora has been destroyed. Not only do the new plants add beauty, they can also help rebuild natural ecosystems and take planet-warming greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Students unite around mural painting at Gilchrist
May 15, 2019

Amidst drop cloths, brushes and cans of paint in every hue were dozens of volunteers who descended on Gilchrist Elementary School to help with a beautification project. The crown jewel of the project is a large-scale mural made possible through a Comcast Cares grant and serendipity. 

Julie Hatfield is a Gilchrist parent with children in second and fifth grade. She recently toured the school with her mother, a muralist, who remarked that some of the artwork on campus needed attention. That innocent remark, perfectly timed to coincide with the Comcast Cares grant award, grew into an ambitious undertaking with an even more ambitious schedule. 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
SAIL students create fashion show with reclaimed materials
May 29, 2019

Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of clothing is burned or dumped in the landfill. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water, after agriculture. Polyester garments shed microfibers in the wash that pass into our waterways and harm aquatic life.

The negative ecological effects of the fashion industry are numerous and, in an effort to address them, many designers are going green. 

There is a global trend towards sustainable fashion. Brands as recognizable as Adidas and Nike have committed to reducing the use of natural resources and are instead using reclaimed plastics. New lines of sunglasses, shoes and even wedding gowns are being created from shoreline and ocean waste.

Students at SAIL high school are getting involved by exploring how to create stylish designs from an array of recycled materials.
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Arts4All Florida presents "Transformations: Building a World of Access and Inclusion" (Deadline: July 1) 
This is a call to artists for a unique exhibition celebrating personal and societal transformations.The artwork in this exhibition will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its influence on creating a world in which the arts are universally accessible. Florida artists of all abilities, aged 18 and older are invited to submit works for consideration. Click here for more details.  
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Philanthropic Arts Program (Deadline: Oct. 31)
In its inaugural year, the program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts. The program's primary goals are to enhance or transform outdated school curricula; motivate and engage children, students, and alternative learners; deepen professional development for teachers, professors, and/or childcare workers; create linkages between school and home; encourage evidence-based art-based instruction; and help close the achievement gap. Click here for more.  
Arts4All Florida Student of the Month Recognition Program   
Have an outstanding student with a disability who should be recognized for 
work in or through the arts? Arts4All Florida invites you to take this easy opportunity to recognize a student who exemplifies outstanding work in or through the arts.To learn more, here.  

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.  
Around Town
COCA promotes school arts programming and summer camps for FREE!
Add your school plays, concerts, performances, exhibits, festivals, and camps directly to our new Tallahassee Arts Guide. It only takes a few minutes to register and send us information about your arts related school events. They will be listed on the Tallahassee Arts Guide and we'll help you promote them for free!

We may even write a feature article about your program as part of our weekly arts education series in the Tallahassee Democrat! Questions? Contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at 850-224-2500.
HERC presents From Swastika to Jim Crow
June 11 @ 7pm
CMX Cinemas at Fallschase - 147 Vermillion Blvd. 
The Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) and FSU Film School's Torchlight Program are proud to present the documentary film "From Swastika to Jim Crow." This is the story of Jewish intellectuals who were able to escape Nazi Germany and immigrate to the U.S. where they were confronted with anti-Semitism and public distrust. This group ultimately sought refuge in an unlikely place; the traditionally-black colleges of the segregated South. Join HERC after the film for discussion with Directors Steven Fischler and Joe Sucher. Click here for more details.

MADCO presents Seussical, Jr. (June 12 - 15)
Presented by The Monticello Acting & Dance Co, Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Click here for more. 

Storytime with Dadpool (June 16 at 2pm)
You're invited to My Favorite Books when Dadpool will be in the store reading a few stories and making us laugh. Come enjoy some read-aloud time, coloring activities, and have fun with us. Click here for more. 
Northside Stage MusicFest (Saturday, June 29 at the Northside Community Center)
This all day event is jam-packed with concerts, workshops, and masterclasses! Enjoy music from some of Tallahassee's top artists, then learn from them in small group settings. Song-writing, vocal harmony, group lessons, jam sessions, blues, jazz, folk, rock, and world music. And it's all FREE! Click here to learn more.

Infinity Con Tallahassee
Infinity Con is a family-friendly comic book convention with a mission to bring together the local community to celebrate comic book, sci-fi, video game, and entertainment fandoms. Having just completed its sixth event, Infinity Con is now adding a Tallahassee event on June 29, 2019, from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Click here for more. 
American Idol Tallahassee Auditions (August 23)
Do you think you could be the next American Idol? If you're in the Big Bend area, it turns out you won't have to go too far to shoot your shot. Auditions for the next season of American Idol are now officially open. Click here for details. 
Call for Arts Mentors at Raa Middle School 
Local visual artists, musicians, dancers, and theater professionals are sought to provide mentoring to middle school arts students in Raa's Magnet Program. These students know they want a life filled with arts experiences and you can show them how. If the arts have been an important part of your life and you want to pass that on, this is the perfect opportunity for you. The commitment is very low, just one hour per week, and Leon County Schools takes care of all the rest at no cost to you. Support these students by helping them develop communication and social skills, positive relationships with adults, as well as a life-long love of the arts. If you are interested or want more details, here or contact Raa's Magnet Coordinator, Sam Thompson at or 488-6287.   
Job Openings
Dance Teachers Needed (August 30)
The Tallahassee Ballet is seeking experienced dance teachers for ages 2-adult in ballet, jazz, and contemporary for the summer of 2019 and the 2019-2020 school year. The Tallahassee Ballet is a regional, nonprofit dance company featuring a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet performed by both professional and emerging professional dancers. The Tallahassee Ballet promotes appreciation of the dance arts through annual productions, education, and community outreach. Click here to learn more.
Part-time Museum Educator at The Grove Museum
Primary duties for this position include: assisting with day-to-day museum operations, including site opening/closing procedures and giving tours of the house and grounds to the public. Assisting with educational programs, outreach, and events, including planning, set-up/break-down, facilitating or leading programs for the public. Assisting with collections management activities as directed. Assisting with other Department of State activities or initiatives as neededClick here for more info. 

Congratulations to the Florida Music Education Association's 2019 June M. Hinckley Memorial Scholarship winner Conner Fabrega of Chiles High School! He has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and will be attending Florida State University in the fall.
Did You Know?

The final book in the Harry Potter series was the fastest-selling book of all time, with fifteen million copies sold in the first day alone. The series as a whole has sold an estimated 450 million copies worldwide, and the books have been translated into over sixty languages. Click here for some more fun facts about children's literature.  
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.

COCA's programs are sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.