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In This Month's Edition:
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
Arts integration aims to 'make learning come alive'
June 26, 2019
When the final bell rings on the last day of school, students and teachers alike are ready for a break. For most kids, that means snow cones and bathing suits. For teachers, it kicks off several days of mandatory planning and professional development. This year, many dedicated teachers voluntarily gave up an extra day, their first official day of summer break, to learn about arts integration.

The "Arts Integration Full Circle" workshop was developed as a unique collaborative partnership between the Council on Culture & Arts, Opening Nights at FSU, Focus 5, Inc., Leon County Schools and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. It was sponsored by the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM). 

Leon County was one of six counties in the state that committed to providing this kind of instruction as part of the "PAInT Across Florida" initiative. Leading the way was Emily Smith, a national teaching artist from Focus 5, Inc., an organization offering arts integration training and consulting. Smith travels to public schools and universities around the country to lead workshops and residencies and she was impressed with our local teachers. 

"They were very engaged and they had a lot to discuss which is always a good indicator that they understand what we're talking about and they're interested in doing more and continuing the conversation," said Smith.

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Summer musical brings students together for 'Aida'
July 08, 2019
Tabitha Peck had just graduated from James S. Rickards High School when she found a flyer on the floor of the chorus room. She turned it over - it was advertising the Leon High School summer musical, "The Sound of Music." On a whim, she went to the audition and landed the role of Sister Sophia. Now, Peck is gearing up for yet another summer musical "Aida," which opens July 12, only this time as music director. 

"It was wonderful, the community that was built there between the students who were from Leon and all of those of us that were not," recalls Peck of her first experience. "We all just melded together. I really try to recreate that for these students."

Peck worked with former music director, Judy Arthur, on past summer musicals including "Phantom of the Opera." Her first summer taking the lead was for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She delighted in the musical's scoring as it involved an entire choir in every number.

This year for "Aida," Peck says she and director Naomi Rose-Mock decided to take auditions to four additional high schools besides Leon - Chiles, Godby, Lincoln and Rickards. 

"We wanted to cast a wide net and be as inclusive as possible," says Peck, who feels the decision allowed for a similar community bond that she felt with "The Sound of Music." 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
International Talent Competition (Deadline: July 20)
The competition is held annually with different themes and artistic disciplines, with both online and on site activities worldwide. It encourages our generations to showcase our talents, and share our diverse understandings through the medium of art. Competition offers cash rewards, exhibitions, artwork sales and artistic career exposure on the world stage. It includes a Young Artists category. Click here for details. 
2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Deadline: Oct. 8) 
Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity-as well as the differences that make us all unique. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for "Best-in-Show Adult," "Best-in-Show Student," and "People's Choice" categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school's art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator. Click here for more.  
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.
The Shape Painting Method Workshop
Local artist Perdita Ross leads participants through her process in this free 30 minute workshop. Art teachers, facilitators, therapists, event planners and artists are welcome to attend. 

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at
Woodville Public Library * 8000 Old Woodville Rd. * Woodville, Florida

10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at
Northeast Branch Library * 5513 Thomasville Rd. * Tallahassee, Florida

2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at
Eastside Branch Library * 1583 Pedrick Rd. * Tallahassee, Florida
See more details here
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 Singers, Musicians, DJs, and Artist
This is an RnB and Paint experience, where music and the arts work together to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend. Community artists and musicians are needed to showcase their talents while participants paint, listen, sing and dance to live music, soloist and/ or DJ.  Click here for details. 
Musicians Wanted for Live Television Performance
WTXL ABC27 is bringing local talent into the spotlight with Sunrise Rocks, our weekly in-studio concert series featuring performers and bands from southern Georgia and northern Florida. Musicians get to perform 4 to 5 original pieces live, promote future performances, and talk about their music. We are looking for musicians in all generes. Click here for details. 
VSA Artist-in-Residence
We hire artists and therapists of all art forms to work with children and teens who have disabilities in the school and DJJ system. We are currently looking for artists in your county and would love to talk with any of your staff/artist who might be interested. It is only a one hour a week commitment for 8 weeks and we have two terms a year, fall and spring. 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.   
FAAE Updates the Careers in the Arts Resource Guide
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education bring you a resource guide that spans a broad spectrum of possibility. Stand-up comedian, intellectual property attorney, toy designer, video game designer, house manager, performer, and lots more. This site provides insights into the "who, what, how, and why" of careers in the arts. FAAE workshop and webinar highlights let you meet people who make their livelihood by working in the arts. A comprehensive and easy to use listing of web resources is included to help you navigate to career choices that fit your interests.  
Click here 
 to learn more.
Job Openings
Artist Sought for Illustration Project
In search of a LOCAL Tallahassee art student to help illustrate about 10 pictures for a short-term project to be completed within this month. Need realistic fairytale type pictures with lots of color, but not necessarily cartoony. Artist must be local. The artist would receive compensation and receiving illustration credit. Click here to learn more.
Call for Art Teachers
LeMoyne is looking for art teachers for Fall 2019. We offer classes to children, teens, and adults in ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, glass art, fiber art, and more. If you have an idea for a class you'd like to teach, pitch it to us. We are looking to expand our course offerings with new and exciting classes. We will work with your schedule- classes are offered primarily in the evenings but also mornings and afternoons.  
for more info. 
Teaching Opportunities
Young Actors Theatre, a non-profit youth theatre in Tallahassee, Florida, is currently accepting resumes for adjunct faculty positions in drama, music, and dance for all student age levels, preschool - 12th grade. Teaching and/or theatrical production experience preferred. 
for more info. 
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. 
Dance Teachers
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 for more info. 
Did You Know?
Kong and Christiani Pitts - FSU School of Theater graduate
King Kong, the epic modern myth comes alive on Broadway through an innovative mix of animatronics, puppetry, music and stagecraft.
The Kong puppet stands 20 feet tall, weighs 2000 pounds, and is wired with 985 feet of electrical cable and 1500 connections. His face alone is powered by 15 industrial servo motors, which were used on NASA's Mars rovers, for maximum expressiveness. 
The electric elements - including the massive rig disc that suspends the ape like a super-sized marionette - are all controlled remotely by a team of three puppeteers, known collectively as the voodoo operators, stationed in a booth in the back of the theater.

Read more by Jordan Zakarin about Kong and this super-sized Broadway show 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.

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.