For arts educators—indeed all educators—COCA is a valuable resource and a dedicated partner for ensuring a lasting arts legacy in our schools. Working together for the arts—our children’s futures depend on it.
Help for Educators
get the e-newsletters
Sign up for COCA's free monthly Arts in Education E-Newsletter, which is sent the first Tuesday of every month, and contains funding opportunities, student arts contests and opportunities, and other items of particular interest to educators.
If you are also an artist, you may be interested in COCA's Weekly E-Mail Blast, which is sent every Thursday, and contains calls for artists and writers, auditions, jobs, funding opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and more.
bring the arts in
COCA for the Classroom gives educators an in-depth look at the arts in education programs that cultural organizations and individual artists in Tallahassee, Leon County, and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Looking for alternative funding sources for your classrooms? This section is designed to help teachers identify available funding opportunities and find additional resources to implement curriculum enhancement projects, purchase classroom equipment and materials and take advantage of professional development.
To assist you in locating available funding sources, this guide identifies local, state and national organizations that offer grants or collect donations that will help you achieve your teaching goals.
Each month, new and different funding opportunities are listed in COCA's Arts in Education E-Newsletter. Sign up for that publication above.
find it online
COCA has compiled links to local, state and national websites that may be of use to educators. Suggestions for new links are always welcome, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
get some help
Need one-on-one help? COCA is available to assist with lesson planning, curriculum development, partnership development with artists or arts groups, finding funding opportunities for projects, field trip planning, and many other things. Please contact Amanda Thompson at email@example.com or 850-224-2500 to make an appointment.
some enchanted evenings
Some schools, particularly Title I schools and those in rural areas without access to arts education, may be eligible to receive free tickets from the "Some Enchanted Evenings" program. Arts and cultural organizations provide free tickets; schools organizations identify qualifying students, and arrange transportation for them. COCA coordinates the program for all participating organizations. For more information about receiving tickets from the "Some Enchanted Evenings" program, contact Amanda Thompson at 850-224-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COCA welcomes inquiries about internships at any time from students interested in any of the workings of a local arts agency. Most of our interns are graduate students in arts administration; however, we also have interns who are undergraduates, and very occasionally, high school students. For more information, contact Holly Thompson at holly@ cocanet.org.
show your stuff
The Annual Winter Festival Youth Art Exhbition
All art instructors from Leon County public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to select two pieces of their students' artwork to submit to COCA's annual Winterfestival Youth Art Exhibition, which is a part of the City of Tallahassee's Winterfestival. The exhibit is held each November and December in the City Hall Art Gallery and is open to K-12 students.
Check back for more information about the 2013 exhibit in the fall. Contact Amanda Thompson at email@example.com for a direct link to the application page.
post your events
Post your school plays, concerts, recitals, art exhibits, and more to this free and easy-to-use online calendar. If you want to attract the general public to your events, this is the place.
Please post your events as soon as you know when they will be. Often magazines and other media outlets use this calendar to plan stories, and their deadlines may be months in advance.
get the word out
Ensure that you get your news into the hands of those who can help you spread the word to the masses! This comprehensive local directory of radio, television, newspapers, and magazines makes targeting your public relations campaigns a breeze.