COCA, the Council on Culture & Arts, is a non-profit organization that serves as the facilitator and voice for the arts and cultural industry in Florida’s capital area. COCA provides information and promotes the arts and culture to both citizens and visitors. Vibrant and diverse, creative and innovative – Tallahassee’s cultural community has long been one of our greatest assets and part of the area’s enduring charm. Arts, culture and heritage are an integral part of the Tallahassee lifestyle. From galleries and historic landmarks to stage performances and music festivals, you can fill your days with one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages. This is where Tallahassee begins….the arts live here. View the COCA Arts & Economic Prosperity booklet here.
Hosting more than 50 studios, galleries and small shops, Railroad Square is the creative haven of many Tallahassee artists and other small businesses. Visit Railroad Square and you’ll find a thriving art park filled with galleries, working studios, shops and the only café in town that is built out of a real railroad caboose. The park operates at its own quaint pace most of the month and then puts on the exciting “First Friday Gallery Hop” on the first Friday of each month. On “First Friday”, visitors stroll through the park and enjoy live music, drum circles, food vendors, craft beer, education booths, creative demonstrations, and a cross-section of local Tallahasseeans.
Recently named the #1 Fine Art Show in the nation, LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival is the Big Bend Region’s premiere outdoor fine art festival. Located along the majestic oak lined Park Avenue, just east of Monroe Street in beautiful downtown Tallahassee, the two-day festival is free and open to the public and it attracts artists and creators from all over the country to Florida’s capital city. Visitors view and purchase amazing one-of-a-kind works from over 170 fine artists from all over the US. Art, culture and local heritage abound at the festival with reenactments of Jacques LeMoyne, the first European artist to arrive in Florida and sketch images of the natives and local flora and fauna and take them back to Europe.
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is a local orchestra that has the goal to engage the minds of its listeners through live symphonic music. The concerts are held at the newly-renovated Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at Florida State University. Urging anyone and everyone to join, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of concerts, encouraging people to dress as they wish, either up or down, and offering a wide variety of beverages before and during the intermission of the performances. The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra offers pre-concert talks along with a cocktail hour where other local musicians play to allow the concert goers to fully engage with the performance and community.
The Gadsden Arts Center and Museum offers both a community center where the local community can gather and learn and a museum to showcase the culture of the Southeastern United States.With the goal of increasing the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in Gadsden county and surrounding areas while helping to stimulate economic growth, The Gadsden Arts Center and Museum offers art education and many cultural opportunities.