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Happy New Year!

Did you know COCA promotes school arts programming for FREE?
Add your 2019 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 in 2019!
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
Rhythm of learning
December 05, 2018

After 16 years teaching music, Holly Pursino knows her way around a classroom. She's been at Canopy Oaks Elementary School for more than a decade but even a veteran teacher like her can learn a new trick or two.

This summer, she participated in a specialized professional development workshop and she's been using her new-found skills since the beginning of this school year.

The Orff training she experienced was made possible through an Arts Education Grant from the Council on Culture & Arts. The Orff approach is a developmental teaching method and Pursino explained "it's all about experiencing music first, then adding instruments, poetry, literature, movement and other things. I learned so much to bring back to my classroom. It was wonderful."
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Gift of music
December 19, 2018

"They tell me this is my 46th year," laughed Jennifer Corzine. After such a lengthy career teaching at Maclay School, she can be forgiven for losing count. The longest-tenured faculty member, her initial assignment was as a general music teacher in the lower school. She quickly identified an additional opportunity to expand the creative development of her students.

"There was no band and that was my first love so I said, 'do you mind if I start a few instrumentalists,'" she recalled. Incrementally, she built a program comprised of students who met before and after school. After acquiring and retaining enough interested musicians, she transitioned into Maclay's full time band director and she's been at it ever since.

Corzine now boasts a fifth grade, middle school and a high school band and she enjoys working with emerging musicians at all different levels. "I love the fact that I can keep some students for eight years. It's so rewarding."

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
'Pure Joy'
December 26, 2018

Magic abounds during the holidays, especially for children.

At Killearn Lakes Elementary School, the students are giddy with the spirit of the season and much of that is due to music teacher Vicki Rhodes. She puts on an annual winter program unlike any other school production.

Rhodes has taught music for 42 years in Leon County, 30 of them at Killearn Lakes. When she arrived at the school in 1989, she took over the nascent staff chorus and a time-honored tradition took hold.

The winter program showcases a rotating catalog of holiday standards and is performed at the school for students and again at Chiles High School's auditorium for family and friends. The fifth grade chorus is always part of the production and, each year, a different grade level is also highlighted. Students sing, play instruments, dance and, as a culmination to the program, they perform with the staff chorus.

This year, the staff chorus is comprised of about 25 members of the faculty and school employees. Many of them join because they have a life-long love of music, others have been coaxed by their students.

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.

Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition (Jan. 18)
Get involved in Youth Art Month by submitting a student design for Florida's Youth Art Month Flag Design competition. The theme for this year is "Your Art, Your Story." Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida's culture, history, and/or geography. The use of the YAM logo is encouraged and the words "Your Art, Your Story" should also be included. Click here for details.
T-shirt Design Competition (Jan. 18)
National Crittenton is seeking submissions for original art to be featured on the official t-shirts for the 2019 event, In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity, and Justice for Girls. Art has always been a powerful tool in shaping the way we see and understand the world. We are looking for designs that reflect the event's themes of healing, opportunity, and justice for girls - interpreted in any way that speaks to you. The winning artist submission will receive a $500 honorarium, plus travel, lodging, and two complimentary registrations for In Solidarity We Rise, May 9-11 2019 in Atlanta. Click here for details.
C-SPAN's StudentCam (Deadline: Jan. 20) 
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
VSA/Kennedy Center Playwright Discovery Program (Deadline: Jan. 23) 
Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. Click here for more info.
NEA Big Read (Deadline: Jan. 24)
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Click here to see all the details.
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. 
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.
2019 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition (Deadline: March 12)
The purpose of this program is to serve as a statewide assessment for visual art and promote the achievements of students enrolled in visual art classes throughout Florida. Sargent Art will generously sponsor prizes for the 2019 FAEA K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition. Click here to learn more.

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.
2018 Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition
On display through Jan. 28, 2019 at the City Hall Gallery

The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition 2018 showcases youthful talent and imagination through more than 50 pieces of student artwork. Elementary, middle, and high school art teachers submitted work on behalf of their students for the exhibition. The entries represent more than 20 different area public and private schools. 

A public reception for the exhibition begins at 6:00pm on Friday, Nov. 30 in the City Hall Gallery, and lasts until 7:30. The awards ceremony will start at 6:30pm. 

Click here for more details. 
Auditions for Our Town - Jan. 12 and 13
Come audition for the upcoming production of Our Town at the Monticello Opera House. There are many roles and opportunities for all ages. Auditions will take place at the Monticello Opera House (185 West Washington Street, Monticello FL) on Saturday, January 12 from 1pm-4pm, and Sunday, January 13th from 6pm-9pm, with callbacks on Monday, January 14th from 6pm-9pm. Click here for show dates and more details. 
Call for art supply donations 
Bay County returned to school this week after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael. Most of the area schools sustained damage, some beyond repair. Please consider donating much needed supplies to stock art classrooms, and make sure kids have a chance to express their courage and creativity. Supplies will be directly shipped to the Bay County Schools Warehouse at 1120 W 17th Street, Panama City, FL 32405. The arts are a vital tool for creative resilience. Click here to see what items are needed.
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
ArtBridge: Mural Projects (Deadline: Jan. 31)
ArtBridge is a new organization in Tallahassee that bridges art students from FAMU and FSU to create murals in our public schools. An inaugural mural location is already approved for installation at Springwood Elementary School. To honor their 35th anniversary our project will be part of their celebrations. College art students will thrive with an opportunity to work through the whole process with us from the first interview with each "client" to designing and installing a piece of history for each school family. The Tallahassee community gains beautiful works of art and will be proud of these two campuses bridging together to produce something beautiful for future generations to enjoy. Click here to learn more about this opportunity. Click here for more details.
Dance Teachers Wanted (Deadline: Jan. 31)
Expressions Movement Studio Inc. is currently seeking dance, yoga, or martial arts teachers willing to teach adult and children's classes. Click here for more details.
Part-Time Music Instructors Wanted (Deadline: March 31)
Music Lessons Express, Tallahassee's largest music school, is seeking applications to teach music lessons (private and group) at our studio just off Apalachee Parkway. We are accepting resumes for all instruments and positions. Current openings include: Ukulele instructor, Voice instructor, Summer camp staff, Rock band coach/substitute instructor. Click herefor more.

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Burch, Principal of Lincoln High School, on being honored with the Florida Music Education Association's 2019 Administrator of the Year Award!   
Did You Know?
What color are those letters? If you're a non-synesthete, you probably replied "blue." Even "neon blue" if you were feeling descriptive. People with synesthesia may have several different answers. 

Synesthesia is a phenomenon where experiencing one sense can lead to a direct experience of another. For example, a person with synesthesia could associate Tuesdays with yellow, seeing the letter B could make one taste mangoes or a G sharp could feel fluffy to another. 

Synesthesia can occur in just about any combination of senses or cognitive pathways, and not every experience is the same. One person who may associate the number 2 with blue, but another person who has the same type of grapheme-color synesthetes may associate the number with another color. A 2006 study found that synesthesia was 88 times more likely than previously thought, and affects 2-4% of the population.
Click here to read "How Synesthesia Works" by Kate Kershner.  
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.