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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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There’s a buoyant poignancy within poet Michael Rothenberg’s chirpy children’s poem “Delightful Bird!” Rothenberg — author of a notable body of poetry and founder of Big Bridge Press — is currently Florida State University’s Libraries Poet in Residence.

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Faith, rhythm keep the beat at Christ Classical

Catherine Miller, music teacher at Christ Classical Academy takes “make a joyful noise” literally and so do her students. Together, they lift their voices as both a learning experience and an expression of faith. Miller hopes to instill an appreciation for music but “in this...

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COCA Spotlight: Theater with a Mission

Theater with a Mission artistic director Ben Gunter firmly believes in a thespian’s ability to open up dialogue around society’s most pressing topics. As a native Tallahasseean, he’s constantly inspired by Florida’s medley of cultural influences that encompass Hispanic, African, and...

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COCA Spotlight: Teaching adds to ‘mixing pot’ for artist

Being a mixed media artist, Julie Baroody considers producing and showcasing art as a critical component of her teaching philosophy. Tucked away in the corner of her Tallahassee Community College classroom, she’ll often create work in front of students so they can see firsthand...

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COCA Spotlight: ‘Constantly Learning’

Go deep enough into the archives of any number of major newspapers and you’ll uncover the lost art of fashion illustration. It was a staple in advertising for a number of years before photography became the quick, easy fix for providing pictorial content. It...

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COCA Spotlight: Paloma Rambana launches her ‘Dream’ with a booksigning

Tallahassee’s “Little Lobbyist” and newly minted author Paloma Rambana speaks with immense gravity. Like many other 12 going on 13-year-olds, above all else, she desires to be heard and understood. While this fundamentally unites her with peers, Paloma is exceptionally unlike any other eighth-grader you...