Monday, December 18, 2017, Florida Cultural Alliance Statewide Advocacy and Information-to-Use Conference Call Agenda and Materials

Who is participating
on this morning's statewide call?

Go here for a list of call participants.


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Number 1
Final Tax Reform Bill -- you decide what to communicate to   your U.S. Representative and Florida's U.S. Senators.

The final tax reform bill is scheduled for a vote at the beginning of this week. If passed, President Trump  will sign it into law before the end of this week.

As we discussed on last month's statewide advocacy call with professionals from Independent  Sector, there  are   some unintended consequences for the nonprofit sector that remain in the final bill.

Here are some references for your use regarding the tax reform bill:

Bill information directly from U.S. Congress

Independent Sector that represents interests of nonprofits

and, of course, your own information sources.

You decide your own position on tax reform; however, please communicate NOW with your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio on how you would like them
to vote on this critically important bill.


Number 2
What are our "appropriation asks" to fully fund all 658 recommended 2018-2019 DCA grants?

And other related information to know and use:

2.a.  The 2018 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture that we use in our advocacy efforts is under construction and should be available soon for our use.

2.b.  Here are the " appropriation asks" needed to fully fund all 658 qualified and recommended Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants.

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2.c.  What are the dates for the 2018 Florida Legislative Session?

January 9 through March 9


2.d.  What can you and other advocates do to help educate, inform, and engage policy makers about arts & culture programs and funding and other policy asks?   

Dennis Edwards Arts Advocate Extraordinaire
Dennis Edwards, long-time supporter of all things related to the arts and a board member of the Florida Cultural Alliance, is an arts advocate extraordinaire.  I've asked Dennis to start a shared conversation for a few minutes on today's call to share with you what he is doing to help educate and inform our state policy makers about what DCA programs are, what our asks are, and the local impact they have on our communities and local arts and cultural organizations.

Now, it's your turn to share some of your advocacy strategies with us to help make us all stronger and more effective advocates for arts, arts education, & culture.

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? 

A new action calendar that takes us through the first quarter of 2018 will be provided to you soon.

2.e.  Now that Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has approved the ranked 2018-2019 grants' lists for the Florida Department of State, what are the ranked DCA 2018-2019 lists of recommended grants that are dependent upon the Florida Legislature providing the appropriations to fund them?

2018-2019 County-by-County List of Recommended DCA Grants for All Four DCA Grant Categories

2018-2019 Quick Look at DCA Recommended Grants by Categories and Counties

Learn More About Each DCA Grant Applicant:  If you want to learn more about each of the recommended 2018-2019 DCA grant applicants' programs, services, staff, etc., click on the name of the applicant on any of these lists to get to their individual websites.

2.f.  The Florida Department of State  2018-2019 Grants Lists Book

and the 

2018 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture.

Senate President Joe Negron with Sherron Long and Lois Benson and Dr. Jim Zingale
2.g.  What were the Florida Cultural Alliance's face-to-face advocacy efforts in Tallahassee during November?

     Dr. Jim Zingale and Sherron Long met with approximately forty legislators and their staff members, along with the directors of both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to review and discuss the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants' programs.  

     The following materials were tailored to each of the legislators and/or staff members they met with between November 6 and 17 in the Capitol.  One day, The Honorable Lois Benson, immediate past chair of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, drove over from Pensacola to join them for a whole day of legislative meetings, which included meetings with Senate President Joe Negron and Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran.

Tailor-made packets for each of the legislators we met with included the following:

Cover for individual informational packets for legislators/staff

Informational Sheet About the DCA Grants' Programs and Impact

Quick Four-Year Look at DCA appropriations for Grants

AFTA 2017 Creative Industry Report/s for Their Respective County/Counties and the Creative Industry Report for Florida

Impact of 2017-2018 DCA Grants Awarded and Not Awarded for Their Respective County/Counties

Tourism Impact and Interest in Arts and Culture  -- copied and shared page 26 of this presentation from one of FCA statewide call

2.h.    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.  Updated lists will be provided to you at the end of December 2017.

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2.i.   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.j.   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
Wednesday, January 24 at State Capitol

 Scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, starting at 8:15 a.m. on the 22nd floor of the Capitol in Tallahassee.  Go here for information on why you should participate, hotel information, etc.   

You're also Invited to Cocktails and Dinner Networking Among Your Colleagues and Advocates 
from Throughout Florida on Tuesday, January 23,
from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:  

     The Florida Cultural Alliance is re-establishing its annual night-before Arts & Culture Day networking dinner for representatives from local arts agencies and any other arts and culture advocates from a Florida arts, arts education, or cultural organization or community  for networking, cocktails, dinner, and sharing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on January 23 at Wahoo Seafood Grill, a restaurant right behind the Quality Inn where we have a group rate. 
     Details will be emailed to you once you register here to participate in Arts & Culture Day. 

You and Other Advocates Must
Pre-Register to Participate on January 23 and/or 24

     To participate in either the networking dinner on January 23 AND/OR
Arts & Culture Day on January 24, you must pre-register here.

What does your participation cost?

     To participate in Arts & Culture Day on Wednesday January 24 is the cost of your travel -- there is no participation fee.  We secured a fantastic hotel rate at the Quality Inn for only $60.75 that includes taxes. Go here for details and the number to call to make your hotel reservation now.

     To participate in the networking cocktail and dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, the Florida Cultural Alliance has paid for the private room at the Wahoo Seafood Grill; HOWEVER, each person attending must cover his or her cocktail and dinner expenses.

Number 4
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.

March 12 & 13, 2018

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs launched its new newsletter in July 2017.  Here are the following issues:

You can sign up to receive future issues  here.

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


Number 5
Please join us for 2018 Monthly FCA Advocacy and Information-to-Use
               Statewide Calls:

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.

All calls are on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST: 

January 22
February 19
March 19
April 23
May 14
June 18
July 23
August 20
September 24
October 22
November 19
December 17

Dates are subject to change, and we'll finalize on each month's statewide call the date of the next call for the following month.

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