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Latin band sparks excitement at Fort Braden

The acclaimed Latin band Orkesta Mendoza has performed in theaters and auditoriums all over the world but rarely in school cafeterias. More than 320 Fort Braden elementary and middle school students were treated to a live concert by the Tucson-based musicians as part of an educational outreach program offered by Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | March 21, 2018

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COCA Spotlight: Faith Harkey “Young voices speak loudly for writer”

Seated at her floor desk, author Faith Harkey listens intently. She enjoys feeling grounded with the earth while she creates, likening writing to living inside a dream.

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Pineview students learn violin basics and life lessons

“Keep your eye on your bow and trust your fingers.” Aubrey Iacobelli offers a reminder and encouragement to her new violin students. “One, two, three, here we go.” She counts them into their first attempt at performing a piece and can’t contain her pride...

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COCA Spotlight: Marie Donnelly “Musician fires up her fiddle for St. Patrick’s Day”

Listen closely to a track of old-time American music from the hills of Kentucky, and you might uncover traces of jigs, reels, and hornpipes from another world. Musician Marie Donnelly’s great-grandfather traveled from Ireland to Canada before settling in the state where many Irish...

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Lincoln Students Shine with Silver Jewelry Designs

What if you could manipulate metal as easily as modeling clay? That question occupied the mind of Dr. Masaki Morikawa in the early 1990s.

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COCA Spotlight: Tavani Williams “Self-taught artist seeks emotional connections”

Artist Tavani Williams proudly says that he can paint anywhere in his home, however, it’s been a long road to his first major showing at Creative Tallahassee this March, presented by the Council on Culture & Arts at the City Hall Art Gallery.

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Fairview students bond over ‘Shrek’ production

Despite his surly disposition, appalling manners and repellent personal hygiene, Shrek has become one of the world’s most beloved movie stars. The original “Shrek” film was released in 2001 and was an immediate success, winning an Academy Award for best animated feature.