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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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Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition

The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit for 2009 showcases youthful talent and imagination through 82 pieces of student artwork. Forty-one elementary, middle and high school art teachers submitted work on behalf of their students for the show. And, the entries represent 30 different area public, private and home...

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Meet Erica Thaler, the newest COCANut!

As Development Director, Erica is overseeing fundraising for COCA’s mixed-use project, The Arts Exchange ( worked in radio for more than 20 years in broadcast media sales, integrated marketing, and management. Most recently, Erica worked at WFSU-TV and radio (NPR and PBS...

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Link Round-Up from the Arts (Out of Town)

The Mystery of Music What about it has such power over human beings?"We know what a pop song or an opera aria means because the words tell us—but how do we know what a symphony means?"The Wall Street JournalOctober 17, 2009Questions on Diversityby...

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Art: 21-season 5

I’ve been watching the PBS series with relish and, as is the goal of this brilliant program, the episodes have sparked a philosophical discussion in my household. One of the focuses this season is on artists who work collaboratively on large scale pieces. This...

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Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit Reminder

Hey Art Teachers-The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit deadline is approaching fast. I would encourage all of you to participate in this exhibit. The more educators who join in, the better the message we send about the quality of arts instruction in our community. Submit...

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The Non-Local Buzz

SAY WHAT?! MUSICIANS HEAR BETTER "Musical training can improve your hearing, according to several studies presented in Chicago at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The studies found that serious musicians are better than other people at perceiving and remembering sounds."NPROctober 19, 2009...