Monday, October 30, 2017, Florida Cultural Alliance Statewide Advocacy and Information-to-Use Conference Call Agenda and Materials
Monday, October 30, 2017, Statewide Conference Call Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST

Agenda and Materials Below 


Who is participating
on this morning's statewide call?

Go here for a list of call participants.


Agenda letters

Number 1
Guest Speaker is Florida Deputy Secretary of State Christie Fitz-Patrick


Deputy Secretary
Christie Fitz-Patrick
Christie Fitz-Patrick is Florida Deputy Secretary of State for Divisions of Cultural Affairs, Historical Resources & Library and Information Services.
She will review and answer your questions regarding the information she shared with the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development at its first fall meeting held October 11.  This is the appropriations subcommittee in the Senate that deals with DCA appropriation recommendations for grants.

1.a.     Florida Department of State (DOS) Overview
Grants' Programs  and the  Process

1.b.   Review what the Florida Department of State requests in its
        2018-2019 Legislative Budget Requests (page 15) for the grants'
        programs  for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and why these
        appropriation amounts.

        Discuss why the field is so critical in its advocacy efforts with
        legislators to secure the actual appropriations needed to fully
        fund the grants recommended on the DOS ranked lists.

        When will the Florida Department of State (DOS) release its
        2018-2019 book that lists all the ranked 2018-2019 DOS
        recommended grants?

1.c.   If reductions need to be made in DOS budget, what does
        DOS recommend for department reductions and the potential
        impact on the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
1.d.  Questions?


Number 2
The 2018  Florida Legislative Session is around the corner and committee meetings are underway.  Get ready.  Get set.  Go.  Advocate for  funding and policies that matter to Florida's
                 arts, arts education, and culture industry.

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2.a.  Interim Florida Legislative Committee Schedule:

October 9 through October 13 (completed)
October 23 through October 27 (completed)
November 6 through November 9
November 13 through November 17
December 4 through December 8

2018 Florida Legislative Session Dates:
January 9 through March 9

2.b.  Fall Action Calendar:  Here is the  Suggested-Advocacy-Action Calendar with three simple and easy action steps we suggested you take each month from August through December -- have you taken these steps? 

2.c.  Status of 2018-2019 Lists of Recommended DCA Grants:  
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs' (DCA) grant-review panels are now over.  They have reviewed and ranked all the DCA 2018-2019 applications. The  Florida Council on Arts and Culture will review the panels' recommendations on its November 16 conference call meeting. Once the Council meets, its recommendations will go to   Secretary of State Ken Detzner for his review and approval.  The ranked 2018-2019 recommended DCA grant lists, along with the DOS 2018-2019 Grants Lists Book, should be available in November.

2.d.  Here is a  preliminary look at a 2018-2019 county-by-county list of those DCA applicants
that received panel scores high enough to be funded. The recommended grant amounts are not included.  This county-by-county list will be updated and revised to include recommended grant amounts when released by the Secretary of State in November.

2.e.   Number of DCA Grants Growing: 
The demand for these DCA grants has grown substantially over the last few years and continues to increase each year; however, the total appropriations to fund them have decreased, especially for the Cultural and Museum Grants.

  Legislative Project Requests for 2018-2019 Are Now Over $50 Million and Counting:

As you know, we encourage the Florida Legislature to honor and fund the ranked lists of vetted and recommended grants from the Florida Department of State before they fund local legislative projects.  To date, over 65 legislative project requests have been filed; and it goes up every day.

  2017-2018 Funded and Not Funded  List

of All 2017-2018 DCA Qualified, Funded, Partially Funded, and  Not Funded Grant Amounts Organized by Applicants and Counties

2.h.  Quick Look at Final Analysis of 2017-2018 DCA Grants by Counties

  Have you written your thank you letters?  Have you mailed your thank you letters to your Florida Senator and Representative AND to those key Florida House and Senate legislators AND others who helped secure state 2017-2018 appropriations for these DCA grants?  

Please write these thank you letters on personal and/or organizational stationery and mail them to their district offices this month.  

2.j.  Goals of Thank You Campaign:  
  a re a few goals for our statewide thank you campaign -- please add some of your own personal, organizational, and community goals.

  Legislators Who Represent Your County:  Download contact information now for all the Florida legislators who represent your county in the 2018 Florida Legislative Session.  Just click on the Excel file below where your county is listed (alphabetized); find your county worksheet at the bottom and download.  Make sure you know who your Florida Senator, Representative, and U.S. Representative are for this ye ar.

Always check for legislative staff and address changes by
going to the legislators' linked websites on your downloaded Excel file.

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2.l.  TED Appropriations Subcommittees:  There are changes in legislative membership in 2018 for both the Florida House and Senate TED appropriations' subcommittees.  

As you know, the two appropriations  subcommittees that deal with appropriation discussions and recommendations for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs' grants programs are the

 Quick Review of Changes in TED Appropriations' Subcommittees. Please see if any of these legislators represent your county in the Florida Legislature.

2.n.   Florida 2018 Legislative Leadership in   Senate and   House .  Do you or any of your board members know any of these legislative leaders?


Number 3

Arts & Culture Day 2018
January 24 at State Capitol

Terry Olson

3.a.   Terry Olson's self-imposed title at the Office of Arts & Cultural for Orange County is "Chief Arts Instigator."  Terry has successfully organized advocates from central Florida to travel to Tallahassee each year to participate in Arts & Culture Day.

Terry will share how he organizes advocates for this annual event and encourages your area to do the same.

3.b.    Information on Arts & Culture Day 2018 -- tentative schedule,
        reasons to participate, hotel information, registration, etc.  

3.c.  Register early to ensure you have a seat on January 24.

3.d.  Attention:  Florida Local Arts Agencies -- we're re-establishing
        our  annual dinner networking meeting for Florida's local arts
        agencies the evening before Arts & Culture 
Day.  So, please plan
        to join your LAA colleagues for networking, drinks, dinner, and
        sharing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on January 23 at a restaurant
        right behind the Quality Inn where we have a group rate.  Details
        will be emailed to the local arts agencies next week. 


Number 4

Are you using the latest AEP5 information
in your advocacy efforts?

4.b.  Quick Access to Highlights of All 41
Florida AEP5 Studies:  Access a two-page document that is an overview of the economic arts and culture impact and also the revenue generated for local and state government treasuries as documented in the forty-one Florida AEP5 Studies by participating cities, counties, and regions .

4.d.  Here are some  highlights from the Florida AEP5 Study :

Florida's nonprofit arts and culture sector

     --  is a $4.68 billion industry;
     --  supports 132,366 full-time equivalent jobs;
     --  generates $492.3 million in local and state government revenue; 
     --  attracts tourists; 
           46.1 percent of the nonresident survey respondents were asked about the
           purpose of their trip and they indicated that the primary purpose of their visit
           to the State of Florida was "specifically to attend this arts/cultural event."
     --  and retains local dollars.
           44.8 percent of resident attendees said they would have "traveled to a different
           community to attend a similar cultural event."

4.e. Calculate your own organization's economic impact using the  Americans for the Arts' Arts & Economic Prosperity Calculator

Number 5

Federal Arts & Culture Updates 
and Action Requests

DC Capitol
 Status of Florida's Members of Congress:

Know who in Congress  represents your county and if they are members of the arts or cultural or STEAM caucuses. 

Check. Thank. Ask.

Thank them if they are members of any of these caucuses.  If they are not, please ask them to please join and send them the appropriate form to easily join:  

Form to Join Congressional Arts Caucus for U.S. House Members

Form to Join Cultural Caucus for U.S. Senate Members

Form to Join STEAM Caucus for U.S. House Members

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Urge Florida Congressional Members to support the restoration of funds to $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts ( NEA) for FY 2017-2018.  

Urge Florida Congressional Members to Cosponsor the CREATE Act .


5.d.  Urge Florida Members of Congress to   support charitable giving as it begins tax reform policy discussions. 

5.e.    Have you joined the Americans for the Arts' Arts Action Fund yet?

If so, thank you; if not, please quickly and easily join now -- it's free.

Number 6
Deadline Extended to November 3 to Complete Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment Survey for Florida's Arts & Cultural Organizations

6.a.  Go here to quickly complete this short 
Hurricane Irma 2017 Preliminary Impact Assessment Statewide Cultural Damage Report Online Survey.

6.b.   Preliminary results , to date, of damages to Florida arts and cultural organizations.  If your organization suffered damages caused by Hurricane Irma and you have not completed the online assessment survey, please complete it before November 3.  Many thanks to the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs for making their staff available to help with this survey and for making this survey possible.

6.c.  Americans for the Arts, as part of the National Coalition of Arts Preparedness Response, provides the following resources .   If you have additional resources, please share them with ; so, we can all continue to grow these resources for current and future disaster responsiveness.

Please also spread the word that arts recovery resource information is gathered on a page on the Americans for the Arts website:

6.d.  The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs also has resources and is working on the development of a post-hurricane recovery grants' program with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  As soon as details are finalized, we'll notify you.

6.f.  Other resources or information you want to share?


Arts Education Updates and News to Use

7.a.  Florida Department of Education ESSA website page

7.b.   Florida's ESSA Plan (fine arts mentioned on page 14)  

7.c.  Florida Department of Education Fine Arts Portal

7.d.  Florida Department of Education Fine Arts Web Resources

7.e.  Americans for the Arts State Policy Pilot Program

7.f.   Florida Alliance for Arts Education Arts4All Planning Document

7.g.  Education Week Articles on Arts Education

7.i.    Call for the Required Data Collection for Fine Arts Report Oct. 2017 

7.j.    On November 4, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education is partnering
        with Bay Arts Alliance and Gulf Coast State College to host a 
        workshop designed to inspire and guide middle and high school
        students in the 
pursuit of creative careers .

7.k.  Infographic that shows the enrollment in fine arts courses in Florida
        public schools from 2011 through 2017 -- enrollment is declining.


Other News You Should Know About:

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Mark your calendars for both state and national
arts & culture days for 2018, and
join us in Tallahassee and Washington, DC.

January 24, 2018 -- Arts & Culture Day in Tallahassee

March 12 & 13, 2018 -- Arts Days in  Washington, DC

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs launched its new newsletter in July 2017.  Here is the August 2017 issue and October 2017 issue.  

You can sign up to receive them here.

Do you have announcements you want to share that impact our arts, arts education, and culture industries?


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