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Around Town
Job Openings
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COCA Announcements

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!
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
Carnegie Hall is calling for Chiles singers
February 6, 2019

Chiles High School students now have a personal connection to the classic joke "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The famous punch line is "practice," and that's exactly what they're doing. Since October, vocalists at Chiles have been rehearsing for a performance of a lifetime.

They will be making their Carnegie Hall debut on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Carnegie Hall is considered one of the world's most prestigious venues and only the finest musicians are invited to perform there. Chiles choral director, Corey Sullivan, knows his students are up for the task. As part of MidAmerica Productions' 36th annual concert season, they will perform Morten Lauridsen's modern-day classic, "Lux Aeterna."

"It's a very big work," explained Sullivan. "It's almost 40 minutes of music and to program something like that with high school singers is daunting. The burden has fallen largely on the students to learn the music independently or get with others who can help them. I've been impressed with how these kids handle that on their own."
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
COCA Spotlight: 'Music in your head'
February 18, 2019

Seventeen-year-old violinist and pianist Jovey Osagie loves Franz Liszt. The Hungarian composer tops out at number one on his list of musical inspirations. Osagie aspires to not only perform, but also compose, in the same manner as a man who would be nearly 150 years his senior today.
"I love him so much because he's so real," says Osagie. "When you listen to his music it makes you think about life in a different way." 
Osagie is a junior at Lawton Chiles High School. He participates in his school's orchestra as well as locally with the Bach Parley String Academy and the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras. With the TYO, Osagie will be performing for their concert with guest artist Howard Levy on Feb. 24. 

Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived COCA Spotlight articles on the COCA blog.
Students express 'Power of the Black Artist'
February 20, 2019

More than a decade before "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became America's national anthem, "Lift Every Voice" was dubbed "The Negro National Anthem" by the NAACP.

Originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900, "Lift Every Voice" was set to music five years later by his brother John Rosamond Johnson. Since then, it has been recorded and performed by numerous artists including Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Beyoncé in 2018 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. 

The latest group of artists to make it their own are students from Godby High School. In celebration of Black History Month, the song will open an arts extravaganza called "The Power of the Black Artist." The program will be split into three parts. 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Canopy Oaks teacher cultivates artistic behavior
February 27, 2019
As a veteran art teacher, Leslie Anderson has developed an impressive collection of lessons over her career. She doesn't like to repeat projects so she's constantly looking for ideas and inspiration. While most teachers design and implement a few new projects each year, they rarely adopt an entirely new teaching philosophy but that's exactly what Anderson has done. 

Last summer, as Anderson was preparing for the upcoming school year at Canopy Oaks Elementary School, she stumbled upon a blog focused on an approach to art education known as Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB). "I read it and I clicked on the next article. I read that one and I just kept clicking. I was totally sold. I was on fire," Anderson said. 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
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.
FAAE Call for Session Proposals (Deadline: March 30)  
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education would like to announce that they are now accepting session proposals for the 2019 Annual Leadership Summit. Your session may be in any number of different formats, but should address the summit theme "Heritage, Culture, and History in the Arts." Click here to learn more.
FAAE STAR Program (Deadline: April 23)
The STAR program is designed to honor and nourish the artist in the educator by providing five public school educators from Florida with the opportunity to pursue their artistic work in the inspiring environment of the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat.  Four-week residencies will be offered to two visual artists; two writers (fiction/non-fiction/poetry/playwriting); and one composer. Click here to see all the details.
FAEA Call for Session Proposals (Deadline: April 30) 
At this year's conference, the Florida Art Education Association will present new learning pathways to align session content with its strategic plan AND your school's improvement plan. Learn more by clicking here. 
FAAE Teaching Artist Registry/Roster
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education is working in partnership with the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to create a Teaching Artist Registry/Roster for the field.  This is in conjunction with the development of a statewide Teaching Artist Certification process that will ultimately be conducted by FAAE. If you are a teaching artist, please complete the survey by clicking here.  
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.  
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.
Spring 2019 Mural Project (March 4-17)
The FSU Department of Art Education, in collaboration with FSU's Opening Nights, the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC), and Tallahassee Community College, would like to invite the Tallahassee community to take part in a mural project. Join us in this exciting opportunity to leave your mark on the Tallahassee community! The mural will be located on the side wall of the HERC Building at 136 Progress Drive. Click here for more details.
LeMoyne Arts 32nd Annual Mahaska Whitley High School Exhibition  
This local tradition invites all students of high school age; public, private and home school to participate. Top awards for the Senior Portfolio competition are scholarships to the university or school of the winner's choice. The show is on view March 8-30. The opening reception and awards announcement will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5-7:30pm. Click here for reception details. 
Youth Art Month Exhibition  March is National Youth Art Month and, in recognition, the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library has transformed into an art gallery.
Leon County celebrates the annual Youth Art Exhibit featuring artwork from students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Leon County schools. The exhibit celebrates art and art education and will be featured until March 31.  Visitors can view the art at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library, 200 W. Park Ave., during normal library hours. Click here for more info. 
The "Raising the Bar: Music Scholarship Concert" (March 16 at 7:00pm)
This concert benefits the Innovative Community Engagement (ICE) Foundation's Youth Music Program. The headliner for the event is Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band. This program is a broad ranging music scholarship program for underprivileged children in the Tallahassee area. At ICE and Music Lessons Express we are committed to the community. We recognize the proven value music education has on academic achievement, mental and physical health, and social development. We are heartbroken when a family cannot afford private lessons. This program allows us to provide music instruction to an underserved population of children. Click here for details. 
Arts and Culture Week at the Capitol (March 28)
Join us to celebrate the arts and culture in Florida! This annual advocacy celebration is bigger andbetter than ever because this year there are new opportunities for the cultural community to get involved. Along with the beloved annual Chalk Walk event, local arts organizations will highlight their programming and attendees will enjoy live performances from local artists all day long. All the festivities will take place in the "Waller Park" area of the capitol building (outdoor area facing Duval Street). Come out to congratulate everyone involved and show our 2019 state legislators that you support arts and culture! Click here for more details. 
The Tallahassee Ballet Auditions (April 2 and 3)
Open to dancers ages 15 & older with advanced ballet technique and pointe work. 5:30 pm Registration, 6:00-7:15 Audition.
Headshot and pointe shoes required. Paid positions available. Click here for more.
The Tallahassee Ballet Youth Company Auditions (April 2 and 3)
Perform with The Tallahassee Ballet in The Nutcracker & our annual Spring performance. Youth Company Auditions - Tuesday & Wednesday, April 2-3rd
Junior Company - Tuesday, April 2nd 4:00 Registration, 4:30-6:00 Audition. Open to dancers ages 9 & older with intermediate ballet technique. Headshot required. Senior Company - Wednesday, April 3rd 4:00 Registration, 4:30-6:00 Audition. Open to dancers ages 12 & older with advanced ballet technique and intermediate pointe work. Headshot required.Click here for more.
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
Experienced Group Painting Instructor (Deadline: March 3)
xperienced group canvas painting instructor is needed for our beginning Painting Express classes at the Oglesby Art Center located on campus at FSU.  Must have at least an intermediate level experience painting instruction on canvas, acrylics, and 2D techniques.  Students will be at the beginning level. Hours are flexible. Click here for more info. 
Beginning Wheel Ceramics Instructor
(Deadline: March 3)
Click here for more info. 
Florida Historic Capitol Museum seeks Education Coordinator (Deadline: March 7)
This is independent work developing and coordinating K-12 educational programming at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. This includes assignments which are complex in nature and very broad in objective. Work involves the independent formulation, analysis, and recommendation of changes to educational programs involving complex historical topics. The position reports to the Visitor Services and Event Manager. Click here for more info. 
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.
Tallahassee Museum seeks Summer Camp Teachers (Deadline: May 1)
Seeking enthusiastic summer camp teachers for Tallahassee Museum summer camps. Teachers must enjoy the outdoors, science, the arts, and working to inspire and educate tomorrow's leaders. We offer a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor activities in a 52 acre classroom of wild habitats, historic buildings, exhibit space, nature trails, lakes, and shared forestry land. A clean level 2 Federal background screening is required. Click here for more.
AFTA: The 12 Core Competencies of an Arts Education Leader
Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce its newest tool: The 12 Core Competencies of an Arts Education Leader. This leadership framework was developed utilizing four years of in-the-field research and will help arts education supporters understand the aptitudes, skills, practices, and commitments, which drive professional learning for leaders in the field of arts education. Learn moreby clicking here.  
Did You Know?
The first real ballet on record was staged in the year 1581. The grand performance was called "Le Ballet Comique de la Reine," meaning "The Comic Ballet of the Queen."
The inspiration of the story: Circe, a character in the famous story, "Odyssey," by Homer.

Catherine de' Medici, the French queen at the time, arranged the ballet performance to celebrate the wedding of her sister. Not only did the queen arrange the performance, but she, the king and a group of her court all also participated in it. 

The ballet was elaborate, expensive and lengthy, performed in a ballroom adjacent to the Louvre Palace in Paris. The ballet started at 10 p.m. and lasted nearly five hours, until 3:30 a.m. About 10,000 guests were in attendance.

Click here to read more about the first ballet by Treva Bedinghaus.
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.