The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) received a noteworthy award from The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA). Art Education alumna Amanda Karioth Thompson was instrumental in COCA’s accomplishment.
COCA is officially designated as the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County, and marks more than 30 years of service to the community. COCA is committed to supporting, strengthening, and advocating for arts education and the organization has brought about a number of educational initiatives based on the expressed needs of the community, its teachers, and students. In order to reach a diverse and expanding community, COCA serves constituents in the immediate Tallahassee area as well as those who are living and learning in the surrounding counties within a 100 mile radius, including 16 school districts in Florida.
COCA employs a full time Education & Exhibitions Manager, Amanda Karioth Thompson, who holds two bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and Art Education, a master’s degree in Art Education, and maintains a Florida Educator’s Certification in Art (K-12). Amanda Karioth Thompson was instrumental in leading COCA to multiple FAEA awards, including the FAEA Community Service/Institution/Commercial/Corporate Award.
In this year’s FAEA Annual Conference, FAEA awarded COCA with the FAEA Community Service/Institution/Commercial/Corporate Award. The award recognizes a service, business, or organization that works to support the goals of the art education field and profession. COCA was nominated for this award by local art instructor and FSU Art Education alumnus Barbara Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University School who teaches high school sculpture. In her nomination letter, Davis stated that “COCA works collaboratively and tirelessly to make sure that all art educators and students are supported and that the arts are promoted to a place of prominence in our schools.”
For more information about COCA’s educational programs and services, please visit its official website.