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COCA Spotlight: The Holocaust: ‘Everybody’s story is a miracle of survival’

As founder and former Vice President of the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC), Rita Blank firmly believes in learning, reaffirming and sharing our cultural and personal histories.

By: Amanda Sieradzki, COCA | October 15, 2018

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Lessons in architecture

As a child, Frank Lloyd Wright played with building blocks and gazed at the walls of his nursery decorated with engravings of buildings. He went on to become one of the most iconic architects in American and world history. Perhaps it was his early exploration...

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COCA Spotlight: Thursday nights are special for trombone player

Many fans seated in the stands of Doak Campbell Stadium await the much anticipated and familiar announcement that the Florida State University Marching Chiefs are taking the field. Musician Greg Akridge, an alumnus of the band, is proud to have been a part of the...

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‘I can do something’

There’s a time machine in Tallahassee. It’s not at the MagLab or in some kook’s garage, it’s the State Archives of Florida located in the R.A. Gray Building. This treasure trove of historically significant records, manuscripts, photographs and other materials...

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COCA Spotlight: Musician serves up Americana with a twist

When musician Bruce “Brewster” Graybeal walks into a room, he wants nothing more than to create an ambiance. He doesn’t believe in shouting at his audience, instead he relies on a speaker hookup that he says works like magic — if you’re in the...

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Learning new tricks

Balancing high in the air on a rope, Campbell Hewitt beamed a wide smile. Though this was her first time attending the FSU Flying High Circus Camp, she took to it like a natural. “I love the cloud swing, the hoop, the small trampoline, the...

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COCA Spotlight: From trucker to painter

Seven years ago, Steve Johnson fell off a tractor-trailer, shattered his ankle, and unknowingly landed himself into a career as an artist. Johnson had played guitar since age 9, but not even music could beat his boredom during his post-surgery bed rest. He flipped on the...