October is National Arts & Humanities Month -- will you participate and promote the arts?
Did your candidates complete the 2016 Florida Legislative Candidates' Survey?
Will you reach out now to your candidates about arts, arts education, and culture issues?
Note:  This email was scheduled to be sent to our statewide network on October 4; however, due to the statewide threat of Hurricane Matthew, we're sending it to you now.  We hope that all of you are doing well and got through this storm with no or little damage. 
October is National Arts & Humanities Month

30th Year of Celebrating Arts & Humanities Month

   
President's Proclamation

    Purposes are to help all of us better  


FOCUS on the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGE individuals and organizations to participate in the arts;

ALLOW governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and

RAISE public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
 

Will you engage in and promote National Arts & Humanities Month?  Learn how here.


 
Do you know the status of your candidates running for office in the 2016 election?

County-by-County Listing:   this is a list of all candidates running for the Florida Senate, Florida House, and U.S. House organized under the county or counties they will represent.  Just cursor down to find your Florida county and review the candidates that have already been elected and those that are still running. 

Here are lists of Florida candidates running for the following:


Are you registered to vote? 

October 11 is deadline to register to vote in this year's general election on November 8.

Go here for details and registration.


Do you know your candidates' views about arts, arts education, and culture issues?


Congressional Candidates:  AFTA Arts Action Fund's 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card -- Florida members of the U.S. Congress are listed on page 10.

Florida Legislative Candidates:  Did your candidates running for either the Florida House or Florida Senate complete the 2016 Florida Legislative Candidates' Survey on Arts & Culture?

Below is An Easy Way to Check to See if Your Candidates Responded to the Survey: 

Once on the county-by-county list, use your cursor to locate your county.  Check to see if the candidate's district is highlighted in dark orange.  If their district numbers are highlighted in dark orange, the candidates completed the survey.  Just click on the district number highlighted in dark orange to access that candidate's survey responses.  You can also check all the candidates' responses, to date, here.


Communicate Billboard
Have you communicated with your candidates about arts, arts education, and culture?

The 2016 Florida Legislative Candidates' Survey on Arts & Culture is a tool to help

1.  focus Florida arts and culture advocates on four key issues that matter to the future of our industry;

2.  you provide information about these four key arts and culture issues to your candidates who are running to serve in either the Florida House or Florida Senate -- share with them that these issues matter to you and that you ask them to please take some time to review the survey information and quickly respond to the survey; and

3.  demonstrate that there are many people throughout Florida paying attention and are engaged in this year's election.



It's not too late to ask your candidates running for the Florida House or Florida Senate to review these four arts, arts education, and culture issues.  Ask them to please complete the easy-online survey.






Follow these simple steps:

1.  Did your candidate/s respond to survey?  If they did, read their responses and send them a thank you email/note.  Begin to build a relationship with them.

2.  Share and Ask:  Send a quick email or mail a note to your candidates running for either the Florida House or Senate regarding these four issues and the Florida Legislative Candidates' Survey.

3.  Candidate-Contact Information:   Candidates' emails and addresses are listed below :

Florida House Candidates             Florida Senate Candidates

4.  What to ask:    If there is no email address listed above in the linked documents for any of your candidates, note that there is an address listed.  Email or mail this week a quick note to let your candidate/s know that these issues matter to you and others in their communities. Let them know that you want to share information about these four arts and culture issues with them, and that you would appreciate them completing this easy-online survey that can be found at this link:

  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZG6T2W

Thank them; wish them well in their campaigns; and let them know that you look forward to working with them on issues that matter to you and others in their communities.


Thank you for your advocacy efforts
 to advance arts, arts education, and culture.
 Your voice matters.