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Professional Development
Around Town
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COCA Announcements

We are delighted to introduce Kathleen Spehar to our education community. You can read about her in our COCA spotlight article below.
Don't forget - COCA promotes school arts programming for FREE!
Add your school plays, concerts, performances, exhibits, and cultural festivals directly to 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 enter your events and we'll help you promote them to the general public for free! We may even write a feature article about your program as part of our arts education series in the Tallahassee Democrat.
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
Animal encounters shape art lessons at museum camp
July 10, 2019
"Where do you think you'd find charcoal," asked Maddie Domning, summer camp teacher at the Tallahassee Museum. Several tiny hands popped up. One camper offered "a fire," another added "a firepit." One impressive young camper answered, "a controlled burn." As part of the review, the kindergarten - first grade campers shared their drawings made with charcoal. 

Artwork subject matter ranged from portraits of turtles and a fearsome lynx to landscapes and an architectural rendering of the Bellevue house, a historic building at the Tallahassee Museum. This was just one of many engaging activities offered to kids during the week-long art camp. 

Domning said, "we focus on history and science here and this week's camp interweaves art making. We center the artworks around nature and animals." Though this is Domning's first year as a summer camp teacher, she attended similar camps as a kid. 

As a recent college graduate with a degree in special education, she understands that this multi-disciplinary approach gives campers a "unique chance to apply what they've learned. When they're creating something, they have a different connection and understanding."

The Tallahassee Museum offers a wide variety of camps, each with a different theme.

The art camp begins with an exploration of the museum's animal exhibits, historic buildings and natural scenery. Each day campers participate in "animal encounters," where they can observe animals in their natural habitats and look closely at their coloring, anatomy and movements. 

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Campers tune up performance skills at Next Step
July 24, 2019
Isabella Hanselman has big dreams. She sees herself on Broadway one day but, in the meantime, she knows she has to hone her skills. Millie Seckel, owner of The Next Step Performing Arts Studio is helping her do just that. Currently, Isabella and a dozen other campers are preparing for a summer extravaganza of Disney favorites. 

"I like the Lion King's 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' dance and the Disney princess scenes," said 10-year-old Isabella. "I've learned a bunch of stuff like breathing while you're singing."

Students not only work on singing, acting and dancing, they also help build sets, design sound and lighting, and make costumes and props. 

Seckel believes her students all deserve contemporary technical and performance based hands-on training. "That's what I'm here for. That's why I call it 'the next step.' I want to prepare them as much as possible for whatever comes next," she said. 

Seckel's training in the performing arts goes back to her own childhood in Tallahassee. By the time she was 18, she was working as a theater professional for a Pennsylvania production company, workshopping new shows headed to Broadway. "I got all the training in the world. I grew up real fast. I did my thing, then came back home to be home." 

In the 36 years that have passed, she has worked as a choreographer, director and educator all over the area, most notably at Leon and Godby high schools.

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
COCA Spotlight: COCA's new director buzzes with creative energy
July 29, 2019 
Feeling electrified, Kathleen Spehar witnessed transformative energy fill St. Catherine University's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. As she watched a folk opera unfold onstage, the powerful lyrics and melodic harmonies led her to consider the effects of live performances and how exposure to the arts can strengthen a community.  

"It captured me and made me understand how I want to share my life through the arts," reflects Spehar. "I want to lead communities to engage more with art and help artists with the work that they do. Through the arts, imagine the impact we can have as a community when we work together towards a common goal." 

Spehar will serve as the Council on Culture & Arts' new Executive Director starting this August. Aspirations like these serve as the foundation of her leadership approach. Spehar began her career as a K-12 classroom teacher with a knack for organizing festivals and leading arts integration within schools. 

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived articles on the COCA blog.
"Creating Connections" Call for Art (Submission Deadline: Sept. 15)
Arts4All Florida is proud to announce our next Call for Art for a new exhibition titled "Creating Connections". "Creating Connections" will focus on how art connects us to people, places, times, and abilities. The exhibition will have two categories (youth and adults) and three cash prizes in each category. "Creating Connections" will be on display at the 22nd Floor Gallery in the Florida Capital Building, November 5th through January 29th. 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.  
Professional Development
FAEA hosts "The First 10 Days of School" Webinar (August 8 at 5 PM)
The Florida Art Education Association wants to help you establish a positive studio environment and classroom structure and begin your school year with a BANG! You'll get tips on how to welcome your students with optimism and enthusiasm for the visual arts, help them become self-motivated and gain independence in the thinking, discussing, reflecting, and making of art. FAEA's new webinar series will host live broadcasts and recorded videos as a new benefit for FAEA members. Every 4-8 weeks, a new topic will be developed to meet the evolving needs of members (email with your suggestions). The webinars will address practical needs for art educators and provide a comfortable way to connect and share in real-time with educational professionals. Click here to register now for this first 30-minute webinar.
Arts4All Florida Residency - Nuts and Bolts Webinar (Aug. 26, 4-5 and Aug. 28, 11-12)
Teaching artists can get prepared for the new school year with a webinar designed with the latest info. Dee Miller, Director of Education, and Jennifer Sabo, Executive Director, will provide updates on the residency program and review form changes. A brief tutorial on using C-PALMs for standards will be included.To register, please click here.

FATE Conference '19 (Oct. 10 - 12)
The Florida Association for Theatre Education presents "Fabulous at 40" as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Two full exciting days of workshops and networking are planned to refresh the creative spirit. Click here to learn more and to register.
2019 FAEA Professional Development Conference (November 7-10)
The annual Florida Art Education Association Conference will take place at the Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa in in Ponte Vedra Beach. Early registration has already begun. Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.
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.
Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery seeks Education Intern (Deadline: Aug. 23) 
Part-time: 7-20 hours per week. Interns are encouraged to seek college credit for this real-world experience. Internship is unpaid.The Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery is looking for an Education Intern to join our organization for the Fall 2019 semester. The ideal applicant will possess strong communication skills and an interest in art and education. The Education Intern will work directly with an experienced museum educator who will expand the intern's knowledge about museum education and provide guidance for professional development. Interns will gain an understanding of and experience in the field of museum education, including gallery activities and assistance with implementing public programming. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.
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. 

Open Auditions for Pas de Vie Ballet's 2019 "The Nutcracker" (Sept. 7, 2019)
Junior Company auditions (ages 7-12) 11am-12pm
Advanced Company auditions (13+) 12-1:30pm
Dancers from all studios are welcome - you do not need to be taking ballet at Pas de Vie to audition. Roles, including principals, are all locally cast, with occasional appearances from former company members who enthusiastically return to dance guest roles. Company dancers are home grown and nurtured by Pas de Vie from studio to stage. Click here for more.

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.   
Job Openings

Mission San Luis seeks Part time Living History Interpreter
Position is OPS/28-hour per week. Pay Rate: $12.50-$13.50/hour
Primary Job Description: Inform the public of the history of Mission San Luis through tours, programs and daily costumed interpretation suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Other duties as required. Click here for more details. 
Music Lesson Express seeks instructors
Music Lessons Express is looking to hire music instructors to teach in-home lessons in Thomasville and Valdosta, GA. Candidates should have at least one year teaching experience and be comfortable working with students ages 10 through adult. Instructors must have reliable transportation and excellent communication skills. All instructors must pass a background check.
Click here for more about the Thomasville jobs and click here for more about the Valdosta jobs. 
TCC seeks Dance Instructor
Tallahassee Community College is currently looking for a dance instructor for the Fall 2019 semester. There are two sections available. Contemporary Dance is scheduled on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:45. Ballet is scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 - 3:15. This opportunity does not require interested individuals to teach both classes, but teaching both will be strongly considered. Qualified instructors must have a Master's Degree with at least 18 graduate hours in dance. Click here for more info. 
Brush & Palette After-School Art Teachers
Part-time position for the academic school year, August through May. Pay is based on enrollment numbers and teachers are encouraged to promote their classes.

Elementary School Art Teacher
Classes meet after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3- 6:30 pm. Applicants must have some experience working with elementary school children and have basic drawing skills. Click here for more.
Middle School Art Teacher
Part-time position for academic school year, August through May.
Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 until 6:30 pm.
Applicants must have some experience working with middle school students and have basic drawing and mixed media knowledge. Click here for 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?
Sixteenth century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo had an imaginative take on portraits. He created composite heads composed of flowers, fruits, and other inanimate objects-that have defined his legacy.

His "Reversibles" take the playfulness to a new level by flipping the paintings, literally, on their heads. At first glance, these pieces look like a still life, a bowl of vegetables for instance. But linger on their legumes and you'll see a face, upside down, with a bowl as a hat.

Art historians believed that Arcimboldo painted these pieces as still life, right side up. Then he would turn them to see their faces and adjust accordingly. X-rays of the canvases reveal that this required some shifting of positions and repainting of fruit to get everything just right. 

Click here to learn more about Arcimboldo and read the Mental Floss article by Kristy Puchko.
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.