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COCA Announcements 

Advocacy Alert

Join us at the City Commission Meeting on September 7 at 3:00 PM to show your support!

The City of Tallahassee previously provided unrestricted general funds to distribute to community arts programs through COCA's grant programs. But since 2016, COCA's grant programs have been funded through the Tourism Development Tax (TDT), which can only be used for tourism-related programs. This means many community arts programs do not qualify, including educational programs and programs that serve students and their families. COCA requested $300,000 of unrestricted general funds from the City to re-grant to community arts programs. Our City Commissioners meet on September 7th to make their decision.
How can you help community arts programs?
  • Spread the word by telling your friends and family
  • Contact the City through phone or email
  • Join us on September 7th at City Hall at 3 pm

Commissioner Contacts
  • John Dailey, Mayor
  • Jack Porter
  • Jeremy Matlow
  • Curtis Richardson
  • Dianne Williams-Cox
At COCA, we'd like to thank all of the community arts educators, art teachers, students, and caregivers for subscribing to the Arts in Education Newsletter! We hope you all had a fun and restful summer, a great first few weeks of school, and are gearing up for many arts education opportunities starting this September!

Make sure to visit the Tallahassee Arts Guide for arts events and classes for kids and families - click here!
COCA Arts Education Grant (Deadline: September 15th)
This grant aims to fund arts-related projects not covered by school budgets. The grant is open to all K-12 educators in Leon County who are looking for extra funding to make their art projects and experiences possible! To learn more and apply for the grant, click here.
Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition (Teacher Participation Application Deadline: October 7th)

COCA's K-12 Winter Festival Exhibition is in line with the Winter Festival celebration put on by the city. The submission process is two-fold: first teachers express interest in participating, and then they submit up to two student artworks. In order to fill out the interest application, click here. In order to read the prospectus and learn more about the exhibition, click here.
Giving in Florida Tour (September 29th, 10 am - 12 pm)

COCA and the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, VyStar Credit Union, UPHS, INIE are hosting the Giving in Florida Tour. Join us to learn more about the new Giving in Florida report that allows the nonprofit sector to understand the motives and incentives behind charitable giving behavior in our state and region. The event will take place at Tallahassee Theater and you can learn more and register for the event here.
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 becoming a new or renewing COCA member? Learn more by clicking here
Questions? Contact Kathleen Spehar at

Order the arts license plate and let your support show wherever you go.

Purchasing a State of the Arts license plate is an affordable way to make a direct contribution to the arts and culture in Leon County.

COCA gets $20 from the sale of each arts tag in Leon County and those funds support arts education programs in our community.

Education and Public Art
Crowns, Concerns, & Eyes Wide Open: A Harris Wiltsher Solo Exhibition at the Artport Gallery, starting September 9th through November 7th

Harris Wiltsher is a much-accomplished artist who has exhibited his work throughout the country in New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, and many others. He is a professor and Gallery Director at Florida A&M University. His work will be exhibited at the Artport Gallery at the Tallahassee International Airport starting September 9th. Learn more about the show here.
Brush Strokes: On display at the City Hall Art Gallery and online starting September 7th through November 14th

The Tallahassee Watercolor Society (TaWS) in partnership with the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) is proud to present the members’ juried exhibition, Brush Strokes. This exhibition comprises 2-dimensional artworks made using watered-down gouache or acrylic paint but primarily features artworks created using watercolor. This annual aqueous media exhibition is making a splash, featuring artworks never before shown by TaWS. Learn more about the exhibit here.
COCA Public Art Walks

COCA offers a number of public art walks including the Downtown and Gaines Street Public Art Walks. These walks offer an active way of seeing and appreciating outdoor public art. If interested in organizing a field trip, you can email Sahara Lyon at
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Teaching Resources
While live interaction is often an integral part of an arts-based curriculum, we've compiled a list of resources for teaching in the digital sphere. Online tools, content, and protocols can offer new approaches to instruction, technique, performance, and collaboration.

Visit COCA's Help for Educators webpage to find all the resources.
Please share these resources with others and if you've found resources that could help other art teachers, please email them to

Click here to visit our Pinterest page for a vast, COCA-curated list of creative, educational, and entertaining arts activities in all disciplines. These resources will keep little ones, tweens, and teens learning and growing artistically.
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education: 2022 Teacher Grant (Deadline: September 30th)

The P. Buckley Moss Teacher Grant program provides funding for art supplies for teachers. These grants are given annually and may be up to $1000.00 each. The purpose of the Teacher Grant is to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into education in the school classroom setting, with a special focus on those who learn differently. Click here to learn more and download the 2022 application.
Golden Grants (Deadline: September 9th, 2022)

McDonald’s restaurants throughout Florida and South Georgia fuel the imagination, education, and growth of area students with Golden Grants, a local program that supports individuals, educators, programs, and organizations serving students K–12. Grants will be awarded in values from $1,000 to $10,000 with a total of $100,000. To learn more and apply, click here.

September 11th through the 17th is National Arts in Education Week!

American for the Arts has created a campaign for the 2022 National Arts in Education Week. Their campaign includes ways to participate on social media, advocate for arts education, support educators, and more! Learn more about Arts in Education Week and how you can participate here.
Professional Development
Focus 5 Arts Integration Zoom Sessions: The Actor's Toolbox, Empowering students to find calm, focus, and balance for K-12 teachers (September 24th, 1:00-2:30 pm EST)

How do teachers prepare for students’ widely varying energies and emotions? This session establishes a silent routine that helps classes calm their bodies, focus their minds, and balance their emotions so they are ready for learning. Created by actor/educator Sean Layne, this strategy has been used with overwhelming success for decades in classrooms worldwide and seems more relevant than ever as our educational system turns its focus on social-emotional learning. This ticketed seminar is $25 per attendee. Learn more info and buy tickets here.
Tallahassee Area Orff Chapter

As a chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, its main purpose is to provide a professional development community for elementary music teaching in the Florida Panhandle through workshops and study of the Orff approach. They host three to four workshops a year featuring local, state, and national leaders in the field of elementary education. Members believe that great teachers never stop learning and that community is central to professional development. Click here to learn more, become a member, and purchase tickets for future workshops.
Florida Art Education Association 2022 Conference (October 13-16, 2022)

The 70th annual FAEA Professional Development Conference takes place this year from October 13th to the 16th at Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This year there will be workshops, museum tours, giveaways, an Artist Bazaar, and much more. This year's keynote speakers are Marilyn Stewart and Amy Gross. To learn more and register for the conference, click here.
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Job, Internship, and Submission Opportunities
2023 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Deadline: October 5th)

Embracing Our Differences is seeking writing submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard-size images paired with quotations created by local, national, and international students, artists, and writers. The display reflects the artists’ and writers’ interpretations of the theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit will be on display from January 18 through May 29, 2023, in three locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida. Two cash awards of $2,000 are given for “Best in Show (Quotation), Adult” and “Best in Show (Quotation), Student. To learn more and apply, click here
Thomasville Center for the Arts seeking Adult Arts Teacher (Deadline: May 31st, 2023)

Thomasville Center for the Arts is looking for artists of all disciplines willing to teach an art class to adults. The Center is hosting “date night” workshops using a variety of mediums based on artist preference. The maximum size for each class is 15 people. Click here to learn more about the position and apply.
8th Annual Dr. Ginaldi's Healthy Kids Art Campaign 2023

Each year, the Radiology Associates of Tallahassee put together a campaign to help raise money for elementary school arts programs by creating a calendar of elementary students' artwork. This year, the theme is "A Healthy Family" and the artwork must be ready to be picked up from school by the Radiology Associates on Friday, October 14th, 2022. Artwork for the calendar is selected from the submissions and then a reception will be held on November 17th, 2022. For more information and to request an entry form, email Radiology Associates' Marketing Coordinator, Corenda Bell at
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Around Town
Events, workshops and other family-friendly content on Tallahassee Arts Guide 

Check out all the local, in-person and virtual arts offerings including camps, events, classes, workshops, and lessons. Visit us at to access our resources and to add your own arts-related listings.
Pre-K Art Sparks: Workshops at LeMoyne Arts (September 10th and 17th)

This September, LeMoyne Arts will be holding Pre-K Art Sparks: Reading and Craft for our community's toddling artists! Join them for these free programs as they make crafts and enjoy book readings. These programs are free to the public. Learn more about the programs and LeMoyne Arts here.
Sounds of Tallahassee - Call to Musicians

Vibrant and diverse, creative and innovative - Tallahassee's music community has long been one of our greatest assets. "Sounds of Tallahassee" serves as a portal to the unique musical offerings that make the Big Bend region so special. In partnership with Moose Magnificat Radio and Cat Family Records, COCA offers this auditory adventure. We invite you to be part of "Sounds of Tallahassee," an initiative that promotes area musicians and connects them with new audiences. Any musician living in a 100-mile radius of Tallahassee is eligible for this opportunity. More info here
Volunteer with Classroom Connection

This partnership between the Tallahassee Chamber, Leon County Schools, and World Class Schools provides a strong foundation for our kindergarteners. Leon County Schools is preparing to welcome more than 3,000 kindergarteners this August, which is about 400+ more than a regular school year. With more than 170 classrooms up for adoption, we are asking our members to join us in supporting our children in their most critical year of development. This is not a monetary ask. We are asking for volunteer time and teacher support. Sign up here.
BuddyKnit Peer Mentoring

BuddyKnit, a nonprofit organization started by Rickards junior Sruthi Sentil, is offering peer mentoring services to students in the Big Bend area! Our focus is to serve mentees in the foster care system, though we accept students from all backgrounds. We are recruiting both mentees (2nd to 8th grade), and mentors (6th to 12th grade). Mentors can act either as educational tutors or simply as a companion to their mentee. Check out our website for more information on the program, and how you can get involved, or reach via phone/email. Click here for more.
About the Arts in Education Newsletter

To submit listings for COCA's Arts in Education Monthly Newsletter, send a description of 50 words or less to Sahara Lyon at COCA reserves the right to include or exclude any listing at its discretion and to determine the content and placement of all listings. The 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 ensure that this information is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information.