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COCA's Monthly Arts in Education Newsletter

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In This Month's Edition:
COCA Announcements
COCA Arts in Education Articles
Around Town
Job Openings
Did You Know?
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COCA Announcements
Got Summer Camp Info?
We'll promote it for FREE!

It only takes a few minutes to post your arts related summer camps, workshops, and classes on 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 list your summer camps as events. We'll promote them directly to parents, grandparents, and caregivers for free. We may even write a feature article about your camp as part of our weekly arts education series in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Questions? Feel free to contact Amanda Thompson at or 850-224-2500
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
Fort Braden students collaborate on public art
April 03, 2019

"There's a lot more meaning to public art than meets the eye, when you start to dig into it." That's Sarah Pellor's take and, over the past several weeks, she has dug deep.

An eighth-grade art student at Fort Braden School, she and her fellow classmates have not only explored nationally and internationally renown public artists, they've also learned about our own community's public art and the people who create it. Even more exciting, they got an opportunity to contribute to the conversation in a tangible way by creating public art themselves.  

Heather Clark is the art teacher at Fort Braden and she applied for and received an Art Education Grant from the Council on Culture & Arts to develop and initiate a special public art unit for her students. With the grant funds, she was able to purchase materials and supplies for her students to become public artists. But first, they needed some context.
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
SAIL theater program students build people skills along with sets
April 10, 2019
"I'm going to teach you the four-in-hand knot. If you master that one, we'll move on to the half Windsor, the full Windsor or the Pratt knot," Sierra Service said as she passed around a bin of neckties. It's an unusual lesson not often seen in high school classes, unless the class is theater technology and the unit is costuming.  

Service is the director of the drama program at SAIL High School and, along with her traditional drama classes and club, she has recently developed a theater technology course.

Students learn about stage management, sets, props, costumes, make-up, lights, sound and more. "The goal is for everyone to have a taste of everything and, when they see what they're most interested in, they can tailor their projects to that," said Service.  

For the past two years, Service has applied for and received an Art Education Grant from the Council on Culture & Arts. With the grant funds, she's been able to build a collection of tools for her students to use in building sets and props for school functions, festivals and performances.  
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
Maclay spotlights creativity and creative careers
April 24, 2019
"Growing up, when I thought of an artist, I thought of a painter, that's it," confessed Kyle Maurey. "Now, of course, I understand that there are lots of ways for people to work in the arts, it's not just being a painter." 
As a high school art teacher at Maclay School, this is a realization she's committed to passing on to her students. Maurey does that in her classroom and also through the annual Celebration of the Arts, a school-wide arts festival. For Maurey, the goal of the event is "to make people see art as a part of life, as a part of everything." 
She believes it's important to show kids "actual career opportunities that allow them to be creative, innovative and expressive. Let's get rid of this idea of the starving artist." 
Maurey graduated from Maclay in 2007 and, after earning a BFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she started teaching and creating greeting cards and children's book illustrations. She's published two books and is currently working on a third.
Read the rest of the story here. Check out our archived arts education articles on the COCA blog.
FAEA Call for Session Proposals (Extended Deadline: May 5) 
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. 
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Philanthropic Arts Program (Deadline: Oct. 31)
In its inaugural year, the program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts. The program's primary goals are to enhance or transform outdated school curricula; motivate and engage children, students, and alternative learners; deepen professional development for teachers, professors, and/or childcare workers; create linkages between school and home; encourage evidence-based art-based instruction; and help close the achievement gap. Click here for more.  
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.
Walk Through Living History Parade and Day in the Park (May 11) 
This event kicks off the Season of Emancipation in Tallahassee. It marks the 154th anniversary of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Florida.
Presented by the John G. Riley Center & Museum of African-American History and Culture, the parade will be held at Speed Spencer Stephens Park. There will be activities and games for children. Click here for more info.  
The 23rd Annual Middle School Art Show (May 16-22) 
An annual juried presentation of middle school artwork, this exhibition features many students of Leon County (and surrounding areas).The show will display original works of art and class-assigned artwork in many mediums in the beautiful Foster-Tanner Fine Art Gallery on FAMU's campus. Select students will be awarded for their outstanding artwork by a judge.Click here to learn more.
Pas de Vie Ballet presents its annual Children's Performance (May 17 at Lee Hall, FAMU campus) 
Pas de Vie Ballet presents a special abbreviated Children's Performance featuring the family favorite "Peter and the Wolf" with music performed by a live orchestra.The educational performance, approximately one hour in length, includes a glimpse of the "behind the scenes" action and a short question and answer period with the choreographer, dancers and crew. Click here to learn more.
Kids Go for B'roque Honors Recital (May 18, Maguire Center at Westminster Oaks) 
The Tallahassee Bach Parley Kids Go for B'roque concert is an honors recital featuring musicians 18 years old and younger playing pieces of the Baroque period, 1600-1750. All recital performers participated in an audition and, based on their score, were invited to perform on this recital. You will hear violin, viola, cello, and piano performing works by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, and more. Click here to learn more.
Auditions for Tallahassee Youth Orchestras (May 19)
TYO welcomes all ages and skill levels. Auditions will be held at the Housewright Music Building on FSU's campus. Click here for details and to sign-up.
Tallahassee Homeschool String Orchestra Spring Concert (May 20 at Seminole Baptist Church)
Come hear THSO's six orchestra ensembles perform their concert music at our spring concert. Musicians range in age from preK to high school and admission is free. Find more details here
Pas de Vie Ballet Performance Season Open Auditions (May 22)
Junior Company - Boys and Girls Ages 7-12 - 6:00-7:30 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm). Advanced Company - Ages 13+ - 4:30-6:00 pm (registration begins at 4:00 pm). Registration $25. Click here for more info.
Northside Stage MusicFest (Saturday, June 29 at the Northside Community Center)
This all day event is jam-packed with concerts, workshops, and masterclasses! Enjoy music from some of Tallahassee's top artists, then learn from them in small group settings. Song-writing, vocal harmony, group lessons, jam sessions, blues, jazz, folk, rock, and world music. And it's all FREE! Click here to learn more.

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
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.
Opening Nights at Florida State University presented its first-ever Arts Advocate Award to Iris Wilson, a former principal in the Leon County Schools system.

Wilson received the award for her exemplary support of arts education for creating partnerships with local arts organizations to enhance the overall learning experience for K-12 students.

"As a society, we all benefit from organizations that give back to our students, teachers and communities," Wilson said. "Advantages from partnerships with organizations like Opening Nights have been life-changing for our students because of the diverse experiences provided through performing groups, resident artists and follow-up resource materials."

Wilson, who retired in 2018, was the principal of Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts, where she provided exceptional art activities that enhanced the educational opportunities for her students.

Opening Nights at Florida State University plans to annually recognize a professional educator. The application and guidelines for the 2020 Arts Advocate Award will be distributed to Leon County Schools this summer.
Click here to learn more.
Did You Know?
On his debut album "For You," released when he was 20, Prince is said to have played every single instrument: 27 in all.

In the album's notes he's listed as the musician behind "all vocals" as well as (deep breath) "electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, bass synth, singing bass, Fuzz bass, electric piano, acoustic piano, mini-Moog, poly-Moog, Arp string ensemble, Arp Pro Soloist, Oberheim four-voice, clavinet, drums, syndrums, water drums, slapsticks, bongos, congas, finger cymbals, wind chimes, orchestral bells, woodblocks, brush trap, tree bell, hand claps and finger snaps."

Click here to read a BBC article by Anna Doble and learn more about the immense talent of Prince. 
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.