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Job Opportunities
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COCA promotes school arts programming for FREE!
Add your school plays, concerts, performances, exhibits, and 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 camp as part of our weekly 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
Faith, rhythm keep the beat at Christ Classical
September 13, 2018

Catherine Miller, music teacher at Christ Classical Academy takes "make a joyful noise" literally and so do her students. Together, they lift their voices as both a learning experience and an expression of faith. Miller hopes to instill an appreciation for music but "in this context, it's about more than that. There's a huge element of spirituality," Miller said.

"There's another question that's transferable beyond our context and that is how can music be used throughout the entire school day and through my students' lives."

One of the ways Miller makes musical connections for her students is by aligning lessons to the literary arts. For her younger students, Miller introduces a book for each new concept. "We read a lot and we add instruments in to what we read. In pre-K, we do a lot of movement, pretend play, keeping a steady beat, basic rhythms, very foundational stuff."

Miller's older students are challenged to write their own songs. She explained, "I had them start looking at poetry in a musical way. I asked them to take a simple poem and turn it into a four-beat pattern. They do a lot of very advance poetry here, so they caught on really quickly. These students are very smart. It's actually quite challenging to keep up with them," she laughed.
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Younger cloggers carry on the fancy footwork
September 19, 2018
Matthew Lombardi has been clogging for half his life and it all started because he's an ardent FSU Seminole fan. "I went to a Downtown GetDown and there was a clogging performance." Jeff Wood, founder of the local Mountain Dew Clogging organization, handed Matthew a flyer inviting him to attend a beginner's class. "I've been doing it ever since," he said.

A sixth-grader at Swift Creek Middle School, Matthew has come to love this uniquely American dance form and he's upholding a centuries-old tradition that began in the mountains of Appalachia. Originally accompanied by rousing fiddle and bluegrass music, the foot-tapping was a means of personal expression.

That spirit continues into the modern era, with a new generation of cloggers like Matthew putting their own spin on it.

"I like to do my own choreography," said Matthew. "I started making up moves and eventually, I put the moves together. I created my first piece when I was 5. I use clogging steps like mountain goats, crosses and windmills in my choreography."

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
YoungArts Accepting Applications (Deadline: Oct. 12) 
YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.More information and application details can be accessed here
Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants (Deadline: Nov. 2)
The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2019-20, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-2 level. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students' learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students' achievement. More information and application details can be accessed here
C-SPAN's StudentCam (Deadline: Jan. 20, 2019) 
This annual national video documentary competition encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2019 competition theme, "What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience." More information and application details can be accessed 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.
Hot Glass Academy Workshop
Presented by Maclay School (Oct. 4 - 6)
Come to experience live glass blowing demonstrations, STEAM themed lectures and opportunities to sign up for glass blowing workshops. All demonstrations will highlight multiple curriculum's between various age groups by working with a fluid molten material. Click here for the flier. Sign up for your own class for just $56 (ages 8 and up!) For details about participating, click here. 
Experience Asia Festival (Oct. 6 from 10-5)
The Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) presents its 14th annual Experience Asia Festival at downtown Tallahassee's Lewis and Bloxham Parks, located at 205 East Park Ave. Featuring free admission, the family-friendly festival celebrates the diversity of Asian and Asian Pacific cultures through performances, demonstrations, cuisine, arts and crafts and more. For details about this event, click here.
Tallahassee Museum's annual Halloween Howl (Oct. 19-20)
Halloween Howl is an event for all ages featuring hours of fun activities for children, but the haunted trail has scenes that will scare the socks off older kids and adults.Prepare for a night filled with fun family-friendly activities, trick-or-treating, both haunted and not-so-spooky trails, carnival games, costume contests, prizes, and more. For adults and older kids seeking to be frightened, venture out in the dark woods of the Haunted Trail where strange creatures and sudden horrors await. Scary clowns, dark passage ways, primitive graveyards, terrifying dolls and more. For details, click here.
Tallahassee Youth Orchestra Fall Concert (Oct. 28 from 3-4:30)
Join the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras in the Opperman Music Hall on the FSU campus.The Tallahassee Youth Orchestras will perform their fall concert featuring hauntingly classical pieces that will inspire you to "Imagine the Impossible." This family friendly concert is appropriate for music lovers of all ages! For info about this event, click here.
Fall Family Festival (Oct. 28) 
Calling all witches, goblins & ghosts. The Goodwood Family invites you and your family to a spooktacular Halloween event at Goodwood. This family-oriented event features hayrides, crafts, kids' activities, cookies and lemonade. We encourage everyone to come in their costumes. Admission and activities are FREE. Bring a blanket and relax under the oaks-IF YOU DARE!!! For info about this event, click here.
Florida State Fair Creative Living Competitions (Deadline: Dec. 14)  
Children and adults are invited to participate in a variety of different categories including arts and crafts, wood arts, needle arts and crafts, and special competitions such as the
art portfolio contest for high school seniors (that deadline is Nov. 16). For details about participating in these opportunities, click here.
Arts for Life! Scholarship (Deadline: Feb. 4) 
High school students who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual school or a home education program in Florida during the current academic year are invited to apply. Arts for Life! awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in one of the following art forms: creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual art. For more information, click here.
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 Opportunities
Ballroom Dance Instructor 
Monarch Ballroom Tallahassee is seeking  enthusiastic "people skilled" applicants to become male and female dance instructors to teach dance the Tango, Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Waltz, Hustle, and more. Free training is provided to selected applicants. Click here for more details.  
VSA Florida Artist-in-Residence
VSA is hiring artists and therapists of all art forms to work with children and teens who have disabilities in the school and DJJ system. They 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.  
Congrats to Lincoln High School art teacher Dr. Marilyn Proctor-Givens! She recently became a national Star Teacher, an awards program of IT solutions company PCM-G that gave her $2,000 to purchase equipment, supplies and technology for her array of art and design classes. Click hereto read more from the Tallahassee Magazine.  
Did You Know?
The Gershwin Theatre changed its name from the Uris Theatre in 1983 to honor composer George Gershwin, a composer, and his brother Ira, a lyricist. It has the largest seating capacity of any Broadway theater with 1,933 seats.

The theater had a rocky start when it opened in 1972. The first show, Via Galactica, closed after only seven performances, and became one of the first Broadway shows to lose a million dollars.
In an epic turn around, the Gershwin Theatre also set a box office record with the Broadway hit Wicked. The production grossed $3,201,333 in just nine performances. It was the highest one-week box office gross income made by any show in Broadway history. 
Click here to learn more about the history of the Gershwin Theatre.  
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.