COCA Announcements 
COCA's Arts Education Grant is back!

Deadline: September 18, 2020

The goal of COCA's Arts Education Grant is to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development opportunities for their own continuing education.

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 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.

Online events are now a category on our

List all your virtual arts classes, workshops, and more in the "Events" category on our site. 

All online events will be listed and featured in our weekly Monday Tallahassee Arts Guide "This Week" email that goes to over 13,000 individuals. Anyone in the 100-mile radius around Tallahassee can add listings to the Tallahassee Arts Guide.

 Questions? Feel free to contact Amanda Thompson at

Resources for an Online Curriculum

Please share these resources with others and if you've found resources that could help other arts teachers, please email them to Amanda Thompson at

Click here to visit our Pinterest page for a huge, COCA curated list of creative, educational, and entertaining arts activities in all disciplines. These resources are sure to keep little ones, tweens, and teens learning and growing artistically.


FAEA is Now Accepting Member Virtual Exhibition Artwork Submissions (Deadline: Sept. 8)
The purpose of the Member Virtual Exhibition is to provide the opportunity for members to participate in a statewide, juried competition of their peers. The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) proudly sponsors this exhibition to foster and encourage our members as working artists and we celebrate their accomplishments! Learn more and submit your artwork here
National Young Arts Competition (Deadline: Oct. 16)
YoungArts is now accepting applications from visual, literary and performing artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 through October 16, 2020. YoungArts winners receive cash awards, mentorship by accomplished artists, a lifetime of creative and professional support, a peer network of distinguished artists, nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and national recognition. Click here for more details.  
The Center for Craft: Craft Futures Fund (Deadline: Oct 31)
The Center for Craft’s Craft Futures Fund will support craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. Find more details here.
Call for Writers: Rattle Seeks Submissions By Children (Deadline: November 15)
Rattle Seeks Submissions By Children for their annual Young Poets Anthology-poets must be age 15 or younger. Poems may be submitted by the poet, or by the poet's parent/legal guardian, or teacher. Teachers may select at most five students per year and submit on their behalf. Rattle will be selecting up to 20 poems for their publication. More info here.
The Mockingbird Foundation Grant Program
The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. (“Mockingbird”) offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. Our programmatic focus is music education for children. Learn more about this opportunity here.
Interactive Academy/FAAE Digital Media Room
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education and the Interactive Academy are making digital online platforms available to the arts community in an effort to restore some of the loss of revenue organizations are experiencing during the COVID 19 outbreak. Learners of all ages will be able to take classes that are streamed to the privacy of your personal Digital Media Room (DMR). Instructional aides such as handouts and quizzes will also be available in the DMR. To learn more about enrolling as a student or offering a live stream as a teacher, click here. 
Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants (Deadline: Rolling)
Grants are available for organizations to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. This funding can support staff's travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities, or artists' travel expenses for onsite planning meetings with presenting organizations. Click here to learn more. 
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.  
To learn about other opportunities and resources, visit the Classifieds section of COCA's Tallahassee Arts Guide
Professional Development
FAAE Announces New Dates for Annual Summit (September 18-20)
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education is glad to inform you that the 2020 Annual Leadership Summit will not be cancelled. This gathering for professional development, award celebrations, and collaborations will still be held at the Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village (5951 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33914). All gathering areas are spacious, and safety measures will be put into place. FAAE is working on an option for those who cannot attend but would like to view the keynotes and breakouts session via live stream or video recordings. To learn more and register, click here
Around Town

COCA's Arts Education Grant (Deadline: September 18, 2020)
The goal of COCA's Arts Education Grant is to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development opportunities for their own continuing education.

This grant supports creative instructional approaches by funding arts related projects not supported by school budgets. This program is not intended to supplant other funding sources. Its purpose is to support arts teachers who have innovative ideas for enhancing their curriculum or allowing students access to supplemental learning experiences in and through the arts. More info here.
New ONLINE content on Tallahassee Arts Guide 
Check out all the family-friendly, local, virtual offerings including events, classes, workshops, and lessons. Please visit us at to access our resources and to add your own arts-related listings.
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
The Bardling's Community Connection Project (Deadline: Sept. 6)
This new online Fall program was developed as a way for Middle and High School
students to continue their theatre education, exercise their performance talents,
and connect with their community through Southern Shakespeare Company’s
mission of inclusion, diversity, and community engagement. With a focus on theatre and social change, the Community Connection
Project will teach students about the power of art to tell stories, create hope,
and inspire change. Click here for details.

Student Online Short Film Contest (Deadline: Sept. 30)
The Northeast Leon Society for Arts & Culture (NELSAC) is conducting a Student Online Short Film Contest for students residing in Leon County, so they may demonstrate their film making skills, while coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. Students attending kindergarten, elementary, middle, or high schools in the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to participate in the contest. Schools include Leon district schools, home schools, charter schools, private schools, virtual schools, and others. Find more info here.
Musicians' Recorded Feature Series
Performing artists are provided an opportunity to continue working during closures: perform a 25-45 minute set of original music, to be professionally recorded. Only required staff members and band members are present in the building, which includes our: videographer, lighting technician, sound engineer, and marketing director. Bands are interviewed prior to performing, and they receive professionally edited videos and image stills for their own marketing efforts. Tallahassee Live Music Community then markets the feature online, and accepts donations for a two-week period. Donations are split 50-50 to the band and to TLMC to re-invest in marketing performers. The entire feature is provided free of charge to the performers. Click here for more.
Anhinga Press Offers Free Poetry Titles
Since 1974 the mission of Anhinga Press has been to bring quality poetry to a broad audience by publishing poetry, sponsoring poetry events and educational activities, hosting and participating in writers festivals, working with area colleges, making our books available as textbooks for students, and networking with other arts organizations as a good citizen of the arts community and the community at large. In keeping with our mission, we are offering a diverse selection of our titles for free to educators, students, and community organizers, to help provide poetry to those who may not have easy access due to lack of funds. Click here for more info. 
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Database
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has added a powerful new database to its website. The new database pulls together over 650 materials from across the Center's numerous projects, grants, and contracts, and allows users to search available materials by resource type, project, audience, and age level. Click here for more info. 
Job and Internship Opportunities
Mission San Luis Fall 2020 Education Department Intern (Deadline: Sept. 4)
Mission San Luis's Education Department is seeking an intern to assist in creating programming to inform the public of the history of Mission San Luis. Duties and responsibilities include conducting historical and practical research for museum programming, including special events, staffing public programs and events; serving as a docent historic site tours for guests of all ages and backgrounds, maintaining neatness and cleanliness in all areas, and other duties as needed. Click here for more info.
Public Art Internship
Thomasville Center for the Arts is looking for creative, self-motivated artists/visionaries with the desire to work on Public Art projects over several programs, using the Design Thinking process with a focus on empathy. This intern/interns will be led through the complete process for system management of documents across various platforms, and have the opportunity to be a true team-player with input in both design and implementation, as well as interaction across TCA programs. This is an amazing learning experience for any person aspiring to work in the art field. Click here for more.

FSU Teaching Faculty I, 9 Month Salaried (School of Theatre)
Florida State University seeks accomplished actor and teacher to join the faculty to teach in its nationally-ranked School of Theatre and College of Motion Picture Arts. The nine-month School of Theatre Teaching Faculty I position will teach acting for the camera in the School of Theatre, and acting for filmmakers in the College of Motion Picture Arts, and serve as a strong and critical link between the two nationally-ranked art programs to begin Fall, 2020. Learn more here.
Congratulations to Julie McBride, the 2020 Florida Art Education Association "Retired Art Educator" Award winner!

FAEA's awards program recognizes individuals who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education and shows appreciation for their contribution to the association and its mission. 
Did You Know?
On September 1, 1773, Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral was published in London, England. Wheatley’s collection was the first volume of poetry by an African-American poet to be published. Regarded as a prodigy by her contemporaries, Wheatley was approximately twenty at the time of the book’s publication.

Learn more about Phillis Wheatley from the Library of Congress.
About the Arts in Education Newsletter
Amanda Karioth Thompson
Assistant Director
Education & Exhibitions Manager
Council on Culture & Arts
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 ensure that this information is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information.