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Stitching for others

Susan Kirkland was a bit of a late bloomer. She took ninth grade home economics as a senior in high school. Though her grandmother was a great seamstress and taught her some basic techniques, Kirkland’s love of sewing didn’t come into full flower until her late teens. She’s been sewing ever since and she’s eager to pass her love along to youngsters.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | July 18, 2018

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DeSoto Trail teacher drums up interest with mini steel pans

Towards the end of the school year, teachers and students alike dream of a tropical summer vacation away from tests and grades. Randy Baez, music teacher at DeSoto Trail Elementary School, is in a Caribbean kind of mood and her second grade music students are...


COCA Spotlight: Music emotion in tune

Violinist and teacher, Caroline Holden, can see her late father walking her sister down the aisle every time she hears or plays Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod,” from the “Enigma Variations.”

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COCA Spotlight: Michelle Hearn “Florida dreams make history as museum turns 40”

Florida has always been good to Michelle Hearn. Though originally from Arkansas, she’s called Tallahassee home for nearly a decade and currently works as senior curator for the Museum of Florida History.

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Waging Peace exhibit reaches into the classroom

“How do we proactively practice peace in our lives?” Local artist and educator Sara Chang often contemplates this question. Her photographic collage mandalas symbolize wholeness and balance.

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COCA Spotlight: Mike Herrin “History gets ‘Salty’ at Monticello Opera House”

A Quincy native, Mike Herrin feels at home in Monticello, and finds joy in discovering the unique characteristics of the community. Stepping into the role of Executive Director of the Monticello Opera House this past year, he feels he’s learned a lot about the...

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The Art Materials Collection at the National Gallery of Art

Benday dots and Nepalese mongoose hair?