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COCA's Monthly Arts in Education Newsletter for May 2020

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In This Month's Edition:
COCA Announcements
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Resources for an Online Curriculum
Professional Development
Around Town
Job Opportunities
Did You Know?
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COCA Announcements
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Join us for 24 hours of Facebook stories about how COCA is helping our community through arts and culture. 
For #GivingTuesdayNowplease become a COCA member to help COCA continue programming and new initiatives that COCA has created since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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
10-year-old violinist's advice: 'Just have fun'
April 27, 2020
If Kye Richardson's violin could talk, he imagines it would be a strict disciplinarian, instructing him to practice often and play well. What about while in front of a crowd, as Richardson was as one of the winners of the Big Bend Community Orchestra Concerto Competition last February? 

"I would imagine it saying, 'I hope you enjoy the music,'" quips Richardson. 

The 10-year-old virtuoso followed up his win at BBCO's 2018 competition with another first prize award this past January at Tallahassee Youth Orchestra's Concerto Competition. Kye was looking forward to performing with TYO in concert this May, but the performance has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kye started on the violin four years ago under the instruction of Dr. Valerie Arsenault. While his classes at Gilchrist Elementary School have gone virtual, he still adheres to a practice schedule that includes extracurricular online lessons from his current teacher, professor Corrine Stillwell. Before the pandemic, Richardson had just started learning viola in his elementary school string class, and says he enjoyed lending a hand to his fellow fifth graders. 

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education 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. 
NAfME 2020 Student Songwriters Competition (Deadline: May 15)
The National Association for Music Education is seeking original music by student songwriters for featured performance at the 2020 NAfME National Conference. Teachers and students are invited to submit original student songs for the All-National Honor Modern Band. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and honorable mentions. Up to ten selected composers will receive cash awards. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions. Click here for more details and to apply. 
Local Emergency Assistance for Non-Profits (LEAN) Grant Program (Deadline: May 15)
The Local Emergency Assistance for Non-profits (LEAN) grant program is a $1 million grant program to assist local non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program provides a helping hand to eligible, local non-profit organizations in order to support the continuity of their operations. More info here.
VSA Emerging Young Artists Program (Deadline: May 20)
This program amplifies the voices of emerging artists with career development and professional empowerment. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States. VSA invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions  
or reveal something new. This year's exhibit theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together. Click here for more details. 
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. 

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
Managing Stress from Home (May 6) 
This workshop is designed to impart basic tools, tips, and aids to participants to help them navigate current mandates to shelter in place or stay home. Participants will learn tactics and best practices for communicating with others when stress is high across the board. The instructor will cover creating new routines, managing child and elder care, keeping work/life balance in harmony, and maintaining productivity and positivity for those new to working from home. More info here.
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
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 Remote Internship Opportunities (Deadline: May 15)
At this time, many FSU students are preparing for the summer semester or graduation. Some university programs require students to gain formative experience in order to graduate, which is why FSU has encouraged students to pursue remote-based internship opportunities during this online learning period until it is safe to return to internship sites. If you are still in need of assistance with promoting your remote-based opportunities for the upcoming 2020 summer, please let FSU Career Center know. They can also assist in restructuring your internship programs to accommodate remote-based opportunities. More info here.
TYO 2020-2021 Auditions (Deadline: May 17)
The Tallahassee Youth Orchestras are now accepting recorded auditions for their 2020-2021 season! They are hard at work with exciting plans for when they come back together to make music again! More info here.
Bach Parley "Kids Go for B'roque 2020" is now ONLINE! (Deadlin
e: May 18)
The Bach Parley Kids Go for B'roque is an educational competition featuring musicians 18 years old and younger, currently studying with a music teacher, playing pieces of the Baroque period, 1600-1750. Strings, winds, pianists, vocalists, guitarists, and small chamber ensembles are welcome to audition. A panel of judges will select those students who will be featured on the Tallahassee Bach Parley & String Academy Facebook pages. Click here for 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.
2020 Internship at The Grove Museum 
The Grove Museum is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for fall semester internships. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate interns from a diverse range of academic backgrounds, including history, museum studies, the humanities, and the social sciences, to spend 12 weeks working and learning at the museum. Interns will complete a project over the course of their term under the supervision of professional museum staff. Click for details about the Fall Internship
Job Opportunities
Independent Dance Instructors Wanted (Deadline: May 16)
USA Dance 6010 is looking for independent ballroom dance instructors to teach a 45 min group lesson at our monthly dances. Styles include Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, EC Swing, WC Swing and more. Bronze and beginning Silver Level syllabus, steps, posture, arm styling, patterns, etc. For more info, click here. 
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Under the CARES Act, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is available for eligible applicants who are currently receiving regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. FPUC is an additional $600 distributed weekly in addition to state Reemployment Assistance benefits. Click here for more. 
Miguel Morales (center) playing saxophone in the Virtual Youth Orchestra

COCA congratulates Miguel Morales, Trinity Catholic School 5th grader! He was selected as one of 330 young musicians from around the world to be part of a Virtual Youth Orchestra. The ensemble performed an orchestral version of the Sky Sports News theme.
The familiar music has been the backdrop to all of the breaking sports news but has never been reproduced by such a global effort, with youngsters from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Ghana and Nigeria taking part in the recording. 
To watch a video of the performance, click here and to learn more about the work the Orchestra does in terms of connecting children through music and how you can get involved, click here
Did You Know?
#ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020! Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor those who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Click here to see how you can get involved. Click here to visit COCA's "Help for Educators" webpage.
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.