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COCA Announcements
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Professional Development
Around Town
Job Openings
Did You Know?
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COCA Announcements
COCA's Arts Education Grant is back!

The goal of COCA's Arts Education Grant is to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development opportunities for their own continuing education.

COCA promotes your 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
Teens sharpen their rhymes at Knott House workshop
August 07, 2019
The entire country has been captivated by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and a wide variety of celebrations have marked the occasion. Locally, there's been an unexpected nod to the excitement.
Celebrating an anniversary of their own, the Knott House marks the 15th year of the "Summer Poetry to Last A Lifetime" workshop and, this year's theme was lunar. 
"We talk about the moon as a larger, creative concept," said local poet and workshop facilitator Terri Carrión. "It's a very inspirational thing and there are a lot of poems about the moon. It's a good point to take off from." 
The annual workshop provides an opportunity for students in eighth through 12th grades to refine their writing skills, read and evaluate poetry, and find their own voice as a poet. Carrión is especially interested in showing workshop participants different sides of poetry. "You can look at it from a purely creative and academic perspective or you can be more of an activist. I try to tie that in and give them a bigger spectrum and more expansive view," Carrión said.

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education 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.  
Music Ministry Student Scholarships
Christ Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Tallahassee offers three (3) student musician/singer scholarships in 2019-20 for Soprano, Tenor, and Bass Section Leaders.  Lead section, solo, and blend with Chancel choir; for scholarship increase, ring bells with bell choir.  Click here for more info. 
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

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.
 Teaching the Holocaust - Empowering Students (Oct. 21 from 8:00am - 3:30pm)
This free professional development session will give educators the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust. In exploring classroom- tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom, you will leave with increased confidence and effective materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject. The workshop will be held at the Workforce Development Building, Tallahassee Community College (444 Appleyard Dr.) Click here to for more details and to register. Questions? Contact: Barbara Goldstein at or 850-443-9649. 
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.
Children's Spirit Choir (Deadline: Sept. 3)
The Children's Spirit Choir is a group for kids ages 7-12 years of age. Students will experience a wide range of repertoire that reflects different cultures, time periods and styles. Participants will build music and performance skills while working with others in a safe and positive environment.  The director, Angelyn Hirai, is a licensed music educator with over 15 years of experience directing choirs. Click here to learn more. 

Open Auditions for Pas de Vie Ballet's 2019 "The Nutcracker" (Sept. 7)
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.
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. 
Theater Tech Fall Apprenticeship
Palaver Tree Theater Company, Crawfordville, Florida's premier experimental theater and the region's only black box, is seeking volunteer apprentices for set construction, tech, and show running for our Fall lineup of productions. This is an excellent opportunity to widen technical prowess, create portfolio, and to create immersive and captivating environments in a unique setting. 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
Playground Music Center, Inc Seeking Private Music Instructors
We have 59 years of experience servicing band and orchestra programs in North Florida, South Georgia, and South Alabama, and we are currently looking to expand our Tallahassee Music Lesson Program with quality instructors. Teachers of any and all instruments are welcome to apply. We offer state of the art studios, competitive rates, & flexible schedules. Click here for more. 
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. 
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.
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. 
Did You Know?
September 8 - 14, 2019 is National Arts in Education Week!  
The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages-from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs-benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.
Click here to see how you can celebrate National Arts in Education Week from the Americans for the Arts.  

This year, participate in virtual conversations discussing the current and future state of arts education:
Reflecting on the Start of Arts Education - Monday, September 9 @ 3:00PM EDT
A Look Forward into the Future of Arts Education - Friday, September 13 @ 3:00PM EDT
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.