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COCA awards grant funding to local art teachers

Posted at 12:34 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 12:34:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Council on Culture & Arts has awarded a total of $5,530.60 to 12 local art teachers as apart of their Arts Education Grant Program.

COCA officials say they designed the Arts Education Grant to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development opportunities for their own continuing education.

This grant supports creative instructional approaches by funding arts related projects not supported by school budgets.

Its purpose is to support arts teachers who have innovative ideas for enhancing their curriculum or allowing students access to supplemental learning experiences in and through the arts.

The grantees for COCA’s 2019-2020 Arts Education Grant Program are:

Randy Baez, music teacher at DeSoto Trail Elementary
Bethany Bennitt, music teacher at Conley Elementary School at Southwood
Ashley Chandler, art teacher at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
Janine Falah, art teacher at Sabal Palm Elementary
Anna Marie Friars, music teacher at School of Arts and Sciences at the Center
Clara Knotts, music teacher at Lincoln High School
Christina Mason, music teacher at W.T. Moore Elementary
Andy Nathan, music teacher at Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Sheri Nilles, art teacher at SAIL High School
Mary Register, music teacher at Springwood Elementary
Natalie Rios, music teacher at Trinity Catholic School
Sierra Service, theater teacher at SAIL High School

More information about COCA’s Arts Education Grant Program can be found at