The Tallahassee Arts Guide, at www.tallahasseearts.org,
is COCA's comprehensive calendar and guide to the arts, and includes
events, "Classified" listings, plenty of directories and more. We are
adding the final touches to the site, along with a soon-to-be-revealed
new COCA website.
Teens usually spend the summer months hanging out with friends,
working at temporary jobs, or conscripted into baby-sitting younger
siblings, but many local teenagers find more creative ways to spend
their school break. The LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts offers summer
camps for kids of all ages, and the Teen Foundation program is a
popular option. Campers choose from five, two-week sections, each
focused on a different period of art history.
Five-year-old Dorothy Matthews could barely contain her zeal for a
new joke.She provided the setup: "Did you hear about the actor who fell
through the floor?" Then, with the comedic timing of a seasoned
stand-up, she delivered the punchline: "It was just a stage he was going
Dorothy's quip was perfectly suited for the week-long I'm a Star
summer camp she was attending. Hosted by the Oasis Center for Women and
Girls, the Girls Can Do Anything program offers a series of
camps, each with a different theme. This camp focused on the
performing and visual arts while empowering girls, ages 5-15, to dream
C. Edmonds was a local visionary and cultural catalyst who believed
deeply in the power of theater to change and broaden children's lives.
As a FAMU professor, she established the Creative Children's Theatre in
1948 and directed it for 12 years. Her legacy lives on in FAMU's youth
theater summer camp named in her honor, and for the past 20 years,
hundreds of campers have benefited from their experience.
Every summer for the last 75 years, young musicians from all
over the region have descended upon the FSU College of Music,
instruments in tow. They are seeking expert instruction in piano, wind
and string instruments, voice, drums, guitar and marching band, as well
as composition, improvisation, theory and music history. With 14
different music camps offered, the opportunities to learn and grow are plentiful.
One of Florida State University's more unusual music camps focuses on
tuba and euphonium, or "low brass," a designation that refers to the
pitch of the instruments.
After a long hiatus, the Southern Shakespeare Company is
back and better than ever. What began more than 20 years ago as a
Shakespeare festival in Kleman Plaza has been resurrected as an
organization that offers not only a free annual festival but also much
more. Over the past three years, educational programming has been
developed including workshops, classroom experiences, a sonnet contest,
and performance opportunities for youngsters. This year marked the
first summer camp, called Damsels, Daggers, & Death.
Kids In Need Teacher Grants (Deadlines: through September 30) Various
grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative
learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation
helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most
creative and important educational resource - our nation's
teachers.Click here for details.
Moss Foundation Teacher Grants (Deadline: September 30) Applications
may be made for a grant of $1,000 to support a new or evolving program
that integrates the arts into educational programming. The purpose is
to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning
tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities
and other special needs. For more information, click here.
Target Field Trip Grants (Deadline: October 1) Target
is offering $700 for K-12 teachers to take their classrooms outdoors.
Field trips may include art museums, environmental projects, cultural
events, and much more. Grants do not cover any equipment such as
computers, software, or audio/visual hardware. Click here to apply.
The Fender Music Foundation Grants (Deadline: Rolling) The
Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year from
501(c)(3) organizations that are established, ongoing, and sustainable.
Organizations should provide music instruction for people of any age
who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. The Grant
Committee reviews applications three times a year, and grant awards
range from $500-5,000 in value. Click here for more.
VSA Florida International Young Soloist Program
VSA Florida is proud to announce the annual statewide program
featuring the talent of Florida's young musicians and vocalists. Prior
to the application process for the International Young Soloist Program
each year, VSA Florida facilitates an adjudicated statewide program to
recognize the talent of our young musicians. Finalists selected by a
panel of judges are given a chance to perform at a professional venue to
be determined each year. These finalists, as well as all other
applicants, will represent Florida by having their musical entries sent
to Washington, DC to compete in the VSA International Young Soloist
Program. For more information on eligibility and the selection process, click here.
VSA Student of the Month Recognition Program
who participate in the arts develop creativity, have increased
self-confidence, understand teamwork, have increased language and math
skills and are generally more engaged. It's time to endorse this
understanding, recognizing students monthly through this statewide
program. VSA Florida invites you to take this easy opportunity to
recognize a student who exemplifies outstanding work in and through the
arts. To learn more, click here.
Tallahassee Museum Now Hiring Educators (Deadline: August 25)
Educator: (Part-time, as needed up to 20
hours per week) Leads museum programs in history and natural science at
the Tallahassee Museum and at other off-site locations. Provides
enjoyable, experiential museum activities in a safe, secure environment.
Must be energetic, outgoing, skilled in public speaking, and familiar
with STEM project-based teaching. Must enjoy being physically active,
working outdoors, working with children, adults, and wildlife. To
apply: email cover letter and resume to email@example.com; no phone calls please. More info here.
COCA promotes school arts programming for FREE! Add your school plays, concerts, performances, exhibits, and festivals 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 to the general public 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.
Performers Wanted for Jumpstart to Success: Back to School Community Experience (Deadline: August 6)
annual event provides book bags, school supplies, free haircuts and
hair braiding, lunch, games and wholesome family entertainment for 5,000
students and their families in the Tallahassee area. They are looking
for performers (dance teams, musicians, poets, singers, etc.) to
entertain the passers-by and others with their talent. They must be
willing to perform pro-bono as a service to the community. Typically 10
-12 minutes is the allotted time. All acts must be suitable for all
ages - this is family friendly event co-sponsored by the Mayor's Office,
WALMART, and several other entities. More info here.
TYO Orchestra Registration (Deadline August 13)
Registration for the Tallahassee Youth
Orchestras is now open. The TYO offers four orchestral ensembles for
music students of all levels and ages. These ensembles rehearse weekly
on Sunday afternoons and perform four traditional concerts a year as
well as additional performances within the community. In addition to
ensemble training, students receive specialized coaching for their
instrument or instrument family. The TYO is still accepting auditions
for the 2016-2017 season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time. More info here.
COCA's Music as Muse Call to Artists (Deadline: August 16) Art
and music share an aesthetic language and terms like rhythm, harmony,
texture, improvisation, and tonality are equally descriptive in both
disciplines. There is a synergy between these methods of creative
expression and the Music as Muse exhibition will showcase how music can
serve as inspiration for works of art. All artists 18 years of age or
older who reside within a 100 mile radius of Tallahassee may submit
artwork for consideration. Check out the details here.
CHROMOTHERAPY (Deadline: August 19)
This exhibition is all about color and color theory.The
science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that
result in health and harmony is the definition of CHROMOTHERAPY. Each
color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration
is related to different physical symptoms. It is open to all artists
18+. For more details, click here.
Free Masterclass for 2016 All-State Flute & Piccolo Auditions (August 20)
Flute Club is offering All-State help sessions at no cost. Each session
will be an open master class format, so students just need to bring
their flutes and music. Attendees are free to just observe or they can
volunteer to play. See the details here.
Call for Vendors TFP FEST The Fuzzy Pineapple Art + Craft Festival 2016 (Deadline: September 17)
The Fuzzy Pineapple is hosting its annual Art and Craft Festival
on September 17 and has openings for participating student and local
visual and verbal artists, growers, food vendors and entertainers.
Artists, poets, authors, chefs, painters, sculptors, yoga instructors,
dance instructors, singers, dancers, bakers, gymnasts, actors,
filmographers, photographers, models etc. Artists can showcase their
talents onstage and around the festival grounds, participate in art
contests throughout the festival, or sell their wares at the festival.
More info here.
Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau Projections grades 9-12 Project (Participation Deadline: September 26, 2016) The
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University invites high schools to
participate in the Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau Projections Project.
The theme is based on the Alphonse Mucha exhibition to be hosted at the
museum October 14-November 20. Submitted artwork will appear on a slide
show that runs during the exhibition and on the Museum's website. For more information click here, and to confirm your school's participation contact: Teri Abstein, email@example.com, 850-645-4681.
Arts & Antiques Fair grades K-12 (Participation Deadline: October) The
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University invites K-12 schools to
participate in its annual fundraiser The Arts & Antiques Fair.The
Fair is a fundraiser for the Museum and will also provide an
opportunity for participating schools to raise funds for the issue or
entity of their choice.Deadline to notify MoFA of your participation is October (date TBA) after the elementary art teacher's meeting. For more information, click here. To confirm your school's participation contact: Viki D. Thompson Wylder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-284-3593 or Teri Abstein, email@example.com, 850-645-4681.
Art of the Educator: Call to Participate (Participation Deadline: February 1, 2017) The Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University invites all
current and retired K-12 art educators in Leon and surrounding
counties. Includes: Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla to submit artwork
for an exhibition of art educators artwork in the summer of 2017.
Artwork should have been made within the last 5-6 years. Larger pieces
and installations or collaborations are encouraged. For more information, click here. To confirm your participation contact: Teri Abstein, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-645-4681.
FASA seeking student artwork for display (Deadline: Rolling)
The Florida Association of School Administrators is
excited to have the opportunity to feature student art in our office in
Tallahassee. Both 2D and 3D work will be accepted and 20" x 28" frames
will be provided. Artwork should be delivered to the office. If
teachers/students want to donate the art, FASA will keep it on display
permanently or, if students would like there artwork returned, FASA will
arrange it with the teacher. For more details, please contact
FASA Chief Operating Officer, Michele White at the Florida Association of School Administrators, (850) 224-3626.
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, click here or contact Raa's Magnet Coordinator, Sam Thompson at email@example.com or 488-7495.
In the News
The Secret Link Between Jazz and Physics Scientists
need hobbies. The grueling work of navigating complex theory and the
politics of academia can get to a person, even one as laid back as
Dartmouth professor and astrophysicist Stephon Alexander. So Alexander
plays the saxophone, though at this point it may not be accurate to call
his avocation a spare time pursuit, since John Coltrane has become as
important to him as Einstein, Kepler, and Newton.
To read the entire article, visit the Open Culture website.
Did You Know?
settling on the pen name Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens signed
his writings with the pseudonym 'Josh'. Twain's other noms de plume
include 'Rambler', 'Sergeant Fathom', and (perhaps unbeatably) 'W.
Epaminondas Adrastus Blab'. Twain also came up with some pretty zany
names for his many pet cats, including Beelzebub, Blatherskite, Buffalo
Bill, Satan, Sour Mash, and Zoroaster.
submit listings for COCA's Arts in Education Monthly Newsletter, send a
description of 50 words or less to Amanda Karioth Thompson at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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.