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COCA Arts in Education Articles
Around Town
Job Openings
Did You Know?
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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
Students learn from each other in 'Art For Life'
March 13, 2019

Brie Medina has a passion for art and education and after earning undergraduate degrees in visual art and women's studies, she is now seeking a master's degree in art education from Florida State University. "I'm interested in the transformative aspect of art education, the impact art can have on a kid's life, and how they can use art to change their communities and their world."
Medina's introduction to the graduate program is a class called "Art for Life," taught by assistant professor Rachel Fendler. "We try and center art education as a tool for social justice and as a way to make a difference. We use the term 'art for life' to reference that," explained Fendler. 
Graduate students in FSU's art education program are focused on becoming effective art teachers and they've recently been given a new opportunity to put what they're learning into practice.

Raa Middle School houses an arts magnet program and five years ago they developed a specialized arts mentoring program in partnership with the Council on Culture & Arts. Local visual artists, musicians, dancers, and theater professionals serve as mentors to Raa's arts magnet students, providing them with a deeper exploration of the arts. 

Traditionally, FSU's "Art for Life" class did not have a field component and Fendler was seeking a way to increase her graduate students' contact hours with school-aged students. "When I heard about the arts mentoring program, I thought this would be a good low-stakes environment to start making art with kids." 
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
FAAE Leadership Awards (Deadline: April 15)
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education welcomes nominations for the FAAE Leadership Awards.  These awards are designed to recognize leadership among individuals and organizations who work in various capacities to ensure that high-quality arts education is available to all Florida students.  Leadership in the areas of education, administration, and community are recognized. Award recipients will be recognized in an awards ceremony held during the FAAE Summit at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, FL June 20-22, 2019. Nominators must be current individual members of FAAE or employed by an organization member of FAAE. Click here to join or renew your membership. Click here for more info about making a nomination. 
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.
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.
The Fuzzy Pineapple Craft + Art Festival + Small Business Expo (April 6 from 10am-7pm)
Get ready for live music, games, family fun, awesome eats, artisans, crafters, growers, designers, and a host of local small businesses. Each year the festival promotes 100+ student and local artists, crafters, entertainers, and growers in sharing their art and building their brands. Click here to learn more. 
Opening Reception for Student Art Show at Jefferson Arts Gallery (April 6 from 2-4pm)
Jefferson Arts Gallery Invites you to the opening of our Annual Student Art Show. Even if you can't make it to the opening, be sure to see the show. It's on through May 1, 2019. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm or you may call (850) 997-3311 for an appointment. See more here
Ice Cream Social (April 14 from 3-5pm)
Celebrate Spring and Goodwood Museum & Gardens with a good, old-fashioned party on the front lawn! Admission is FREE with lemonade, ice cream sundaes and cookies for the whole family. Bring your own picnic, blankets and chairs, then settle in to enjoy live music and old-fashioned children's games. Click here for more info. 
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Hosts 2019 Congressional Art Competition  (Deadline: April 15)
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. This annual art contest, held by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, highlights the creative talents of students in each of the congressional districts.The competition is open to students in grades 7-12. Winners from each congressional district will receive two tickets to fly to Washington, D.C., to attend a congressional reception and see the unveiling of their artwork in the U.S. Capitol. The artwork will remain on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year, where it may be viewed by the millions of visitors. The winning artwork will also be featured on the U.S. House's Congressional Art Competition webpage. Click here for more info, rules, and to enter. 
Kids Go for B'roque Auditions (April 17)
The Tallahassee Bach Parley Kids Go for B'roque concert is an honors recital featuring musicians 18 years old and younger, who are 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 3 judges will select those students who will perform on the concert. Comment sheets will be returned to teachers, available at the concert, or mailed on request. To learn more about applying, click here.  
Student Poster Competition: 31st Art in Gadsden (Deadline: May 1)
Annually, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum presents the Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition. Gadsden & Leon county students (public, private, and homeschooled) and students of the Big Bend region are invited to participate in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's annual Student Poster Competition. This year's theme is PEACE. Click here for more info.
FAEA and FSU present the The Master Series Workshop (June 7 and 8)
The Florida Art Education Association and FSU have teamed up to proudly host The Master Series Workshop in Tallahassee. This two-day experiential learning experience is the perfect way to immerse yourself in art making. For only $55 attendees will have access to two days of hands-on workshops led by  
Dr. Gloria Wilson, Barbara Davis, Michelle Hartsfield, Debi Barrett-Hayes, and Dr. Sara Scott Shields. To learn more and register onlineby by June 5, 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 Openings
Hiring Summer Art Camp Instructors (Deadline: April 12)
Gadsden Arts seeks a versatile, creative thinker who is interested in exposing campers to a variety of art mediums and art styles. The ideal candidate has experience teaching art to children and is interested in creating a fun, welcoming, and flexible learning environment for young artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and skill levels. Click here for more details.
Now Hiring Preschool Manager (Deadline: April 15)
The Tallahassee Museum's highly respected and nationally accredited preschool is seeking an experienced and qualified Preschool Manager. This individual will build upon the program's 48 year history and continue its leadership in museum-based, experiential preschool education. The Preschool program currently offers classes to children ages 3.5- 5 years, and operates from 7:30am-5:30pm with a full-day program and a half-day program. The program also offers a summer camp program as well. Click here for more details.
LeMoyne Arts - Office Manager Wanted (Deadline: April 30)
The Office Manager is responsible for smooth management of LeMoyne Art's administrative
office. Serves as primary support for Executive Director and point person for LeMoyne members. The work week for the Office Manager will be Tues-Friday 10AM-5PM. Candidate does not need arts background to apply.Click here to learn 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.
Education Director wanted at LeMoyne Arts (Deadline: June 30)
The Education Director is a key member of the staff involved in all aspects of developing and implementing the institution's educational and programming initiatives. A proven ability to create timelines, meet deadlines, conceptualize/oversee innovative public programs are essential components of the role. This position includes exhibition interpretation, curriculum development and audience outreach. This detail-oriented individual must work cooperatively and creatively, ensuring that the overall institutional goals are maintained, programs are effectively conceived and executed. The Education Director works closely with the Executive Director to promote the unique resources of the institution, including outreach and audience development.Click here to learn more.
Dance Teachers Needed (August 30)
The Tallahassee Ballet is seeking experienced dance teachers for ages 2-adult in ballet, jazz, and contemporary for the summer of 2019 and the 2019-2020 school year. The Tallahassee Ballet is a regional, nonprofit dance company featuring a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet performed by both professional and emerging professional dancers. The Tallahassee Ballet promotes appreciation of the dance arts through annual productions, education, and community outreach. Click here to learn more.
Congrats to all the students and teachers who participated in this year's Mahaska Whitley High School Exhibition presented by LeMoyne Arts.  
From those chosen to display their work, a few students received additional recognition and LeMoyne Arts awarded them nearly $4,000 to winners.

2019 winners include: Senior Portfolio Scholarship Winners: Matt Callahan Legacy Award - Amari Lopez (SAIL) Ann Kirn Memorial Award - Erin Polivka (Chiles) Mad Dog Construction Award - Abbie Bucholz (Chiles) Julian & Betty Proctor; Ken & Carol Allman; Charles & Cynthia Tunicliff - Isabella Rose (SAIL) Conn Architects and Associates Award - Cheyenne Nick (Lincoln) Capital City bank - Joi Berry (Lively) General Exhibiting Artist Award: Emerging Artist Award: Gabriella Morales (SAIL) Valerie Johnstone (Chiles) Ryan Cake (SAIL) Gabby Carroll (FSUS) Roman Le (SAIL) Rylee Weatherford (Chiles) Eva Mitcham (FSUS) Lindsey Gray (Maclay) Alexandra Blackney (FSUS) Stella Sutton (Chiles) Yanelli Perez (FSUS) Kate Kirchoff (Chiles) Rachel Howard (Leon) Nori Gammons (FSUS) Hannah Yang (Chiles) Lauren Fleischer (Maclay) Ava Tillman (SAIL) Casey Hoogerhyde (Lincoln)  

Congrats to everyone involved in the annual Chalk Walk and Arts Day celebration at the state capitol. More than 200 students and teachers participated from area public and private schools including Florida State University School, Maclay, Leon, Rickards, Godby, Chiles, Lincoln, SAIL, Raa, Montford, and Trinity Catholic School. Students created chalk art and performed during this arts advocacy event to show our state lawmakers the power of the arts.
Did You Know?
Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was released in 1969 and in the 50 years since, it has sold almost 50 million copies around the world, in more than 62 languages; today, according to the book's publisher, Penguin Random House, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds.  
Click here to read more about this iconic book in an Atlantic article written by Ashley Fetters.
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.