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Teacher strikes joyous note with Deerlake orchestra students

Wearing concert black, six middle school students straighten their bow ties and smooth their dresses. Once settled, the ensemble tunes up their instruments and prepares to play.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | December 13, 2017

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Anna in the Arts: Handmade Market and Garden Party

Local art, vegan donuts, handmade French pastries, Lucky Goat coffee, and live music -- what more could you possibly ask for? From 2 to 6 PM on December 9th, local artist Janae Easton's home was chock-full of all of these things. As a local art (and donut)...

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COCA Spotlight: Suzanne Byrnes “Children’s Choir energizes, inspires”

Making her way through the hallway from Florida State University’s choral office to rehearsal, Suzanne Rita Byrnes came across the 3-year-old sibling of one of her Capital Children’s Choir students.

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Healthy Lungs calendar contest combines lessons in art and health

Pictures are powerful. They can inspire, inform, and even save lives. While it may seem that elementary school art students and medical practitioners have little in common, they both understand the importance of images.

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COCA Spotlight: Rebecca Woofter “Winter Solstice Celebration Brings History Home”

For one fleeting moment on a windy, gray day in November, Rebecca Woofter lived inside the 17th century. At just 9 years old, her family vacation to Boston and Plymouth Plantation — a living history museum — paved the way for her future as programs assistant for Mission...

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COCA Spotlight: Billy Penn “Teacher brings the right amount of silly to art class”

Killearn Lakes Elementary school art teacher Billy Penn is willing to bet he has the coolest classroom in Leon County. Inhabiting the room since its construction, Penn says the architectural aesthetic of the room itself is one of a kind.

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Kindergarteners Explore Native American Traditions

There’s a famous book by Robert Fulghum titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” This phrase has entered the common vernacular due to the popularity of the book and the title’s humor and inherent truth.