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Thank you Representative LaVon Bracy-Davis, House District 40, and Representative Anna Eskamani House District 42 for taking the floor April 4th in support of full funding for The State of Florida's arts and culture grants. Recording of 4/4 House Session. (Rep Bracy-Davis appears at time stamp 11:16. Rep. Eskamani appears at time stamp 31:42)

Arts Advocates;

We are so close! To our goal and to another important stage in the legislative process.

Here's what's going to happen:

  • Assignments will be made (date TBD) to Conference Committees - both Senate and House (A conference committee is created for the purpose of resolving the differences between the Chambers on a piece of legislation.)
  • Conference committees will offer/counter offer to reconcile differences. Typically they are negotiating from the position of their final recommendation (see above). This exchange happens very quickly. Once an agreement is met on any particular line item, that line item not considered again.

Here's our to do list:

  • If you haven't yet, thank your Senators and Representatives for their support of the arts and culture in Florida and your organization.
  • Ask Senators to meet the House recommendations.
  • Ask Representatives to protect their (the House's) appropriation recommendations.


  • If the House recommendation for arts and culture funding was appropriated, it would equal .04% of the state budget.

It's not unheard-of: you've been amazing advocates

  • the possibility of full funding still exists.
  • It is, in no way, guaranteed.
  • It is entirely dependent on the availability of excess funds.
  • If excess funds are identified, the appropriation of that money is determined by conference committee chairs and/or President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.


Very shortly after sending the last email, we received notice that the application portal for arts and culture grants through the Department of State Division of Arts and Culture would open a bit later than previously expected. Here is the link to the full announcement.


Visit the Department's online grant system at "How to Apply" webinars for both Special Category and Small Matching grants on April 5th and 12th. To register, visit our Upcoming Events page.

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Grace Arts Florida is setting sail again on the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway today, April 7, 2023, with the Street Art Regatta, or StAR, a celebration of original artworks by local and national artists painted on sail canvas and presented by the award-winning youth sailing team of the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. This link will take you to the story that includes features of some this year's artists including  ARTYEK, aka STROKE and five female artists from the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood REDSKEE, DELVSDIDIROK, NICO, and LUSHY considered some of the best in the business.


Congratulations to Diana Donovan, Cultural Council of Great Jacksonville's Executive Director, for receiving the Florida Ballet's "Above the Barre" award!

The Cultural Council has also opened access to Round 2 of the their Arts Jax Grant Program. 7 grants of $2500 each will be awarded to individual artists (of any discipline) living in Northeast Florida. The deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (11:59 p.m.) Apply here.

The Florida Theatre's got a birthday coming up! The morning after opening night April 8,1927, the Jacksonville Journal reported, “On the spot where once stood an unkempt police station that had housed in its sordid career many of the riff-raff of the world there has come into being a thing of beauty, a palace of dreams. Happy Birthday and avoir du bon temps at you upcoming Annual Ball May 20th.


The Hillsborough County Arts Council recently released their April newsletter which included three calls to artists! #1.for an exterior statue for the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Balm Riverview Rd. and Symmes Rd. located in Hillsborough County, Florida. details here and #2 for an exterior artwork/sculpture for the roundabout at the intersection of Memorial Highway and Montague Street. located in Hillsborough County, Florida. details here

and, drumroll please....#3 The De(evolution) of Karen seeks to examine the fundamental question who is Karen? Loved, feared, and misunderstood in the public context, the ubiquitous Karen can be any woman, and every woman. How did Karen get here and what forces led her to a place of special privilege? (Or not?) details here


Area Stage just announced their upcoming conservatory production of Frozen Jr. It will take place at ASC’s Black Box Theatre on Sunset Drive, the Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays between May 5th-May 14th, and will be directed by ASC associate artistic director Giancarlo Rodaz. Adult and student general admissions tickets are available here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 10 - 11:30 AM Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs' Emerging Arts Leaders is hosting "Leading Forward" a conversation about the role of the arts and culture in our community with seven outstanding arts innovators. Panelists bios available here. All are welcome to come together to share lessons learned, insights, and ideas. Moderated by Ashlee Thomas, Miami Emerging Arts Leaders Steering Committee Chair and Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE). Followed by an interactive Q&A. Register for the free Zoom event here by Tuesday, April 11th.

Join the YoungArts Gallery will open Megafauna Land Dwellers, a group exhibition curated by Naomi Fisher (1994 Visual Arts) Thursday, May 4, 7-9 PM

In Megafauna Land Dwellers, 26 interdisciplinary and intergenerational voices—all YoungArts award winners—present explorations of pressing environmental issues through ideas around eco-feminism, nature and wildlife conservation, artificial landscapes, activism and biodiversity. 

Free with RSVP


Florida Keys Council of the Arts will be hosting their Cultural Umbrella Event &

Art Builds Community Application Workshops

via Zoom Tuesday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.

and 3:00 pm. This is a NEW program from and for Monroe County specifically to advertise and promote cultural events. Please register in advance by contacting the Arts Council office at 305-295-4369 or email Click here for workshop details including meeting links, meeting id's and passcodes. To go directly to guidelines, click here.


United Arts of Central Florida (United Arts) announced the return of a grant program to intentionally support professional artists in our community and lead towards a stronger local arts ecology. The Individual Artist Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 for artist driven projects that have a public benefit and will enrich the community of Central Florida by advancing artistic excellence and increasing access to innovative and diverse arts experiences. Residents of Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties are eligible to apply. Learn more here.

University oof Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities opened UCF Celebrates the Arts! A series of exhibitions, performances and literary events that span 5 days. See the entire list of UCF Celebrates the Arts! (I count 17) and 20+ adjacent programs here.


Creative Pinellas will host the Opening Reception of the 2023 Emerging Artist Exhibition Thursday, May 4th from 6–8pm where the public will be able to congratulate the 2023 Emerging Artist Grantees: Troy Bernardo, Jenipher Chandley, Marie Cummings, Kate Cummins, Dennis DeBon, Kimberly Engel, Patrick Arthur Jackson, Aimee Jones, Amy Wolf, and Agueda Zabisky. Learn more about all of the artists here.


Congratulations to Marie Selby Gardens! They're nearing the completion of Phase 1 of their Master Plan which includes a state-of-the-art Plant Research Center, the Living Energy Access Facility (LEAF), a cutting-edge stormwater management system and a publicly accessible multiuse recreational trail (MURT) and so much more. See their full announcement here.


Young Performing Artists held their Day of Stars scholarship showcase this past Sunday, April 2nd. Over the 24 years that they celebrate, they have awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to students! Ms. Beverly Steele, founder hosts a 16 minute feature of the 2022 First Placers. Congratulations to: Sakura, dancer, Quinn, instrumentalist, A'Layahna, vocalist, Shannon, visual artist. Visit their website and see all their good work which includes a touring band.


The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County just announced the 5th Annual "Under The Sea" fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art taking place Thursday, May 11th. It's the official kick-off for Art Month Walton County, a month-long celebration of the Arts that includes many diverse cultural events throughout the month of May including the 35th Annual Arts Quest, a juried art show featuring over 100 artists from across the country May 13th & 14.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years of pursuing and realizing their vision of a professional theatre in the Emerald Coast region. Congratulations Nathaniel, Anna, and your countless creatives and supporters on the milestone! Their finale performance this celebration season will be The Sound of Music May 5-14th.

A large part of the grantmaking process includes panelist reviews of applications. Serving as a panelist not only helps the grant-making organizations, it provides a unique learning experience for panelists.

Join the Division of Arts and Culture mailing list to be sure you see future calls for panelists.

If you are in the Miami-Dade community, there is an opportunity to serve as a grant panelist.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and its volunteer advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Council, invite members of the community to volunteer to serve as a grant panelist. Click the link above to learn more.


University of Florida College of The Arts Center for Arts in Medicine announces Arts In Health Intensive 2023 

WEEK 1 | May 8-11th: fully online, with interactive workshops covering a full scope of Arts in Health topics.

WEEK 2 | May 16-18th: in-person in Gainesville, FL, and offers four key areas of concentration: Administrative, Education, Practice, and Research.

Scholarship applications are open until April, 9th. Registration closes on April, 14th

Teen talent showcase

Your Name In Lights TEEN Talent Showcase Season 2023. No cost to audition and no cost for family and friends to attend and support our youth. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 19, at 11:00 PM

Film camp

Florida Film Institute has opened registration for their Summer Film Camp June 19-July 28 for students aged 13-18. The deadline to register for this 6 week camp is June 9th. There are scholarships available to individuals meeting eligibility requirements. See entire program description here.

The Arts & Business Council of Miami's Arts Marketing Project has virtual series you can access.

May: Amplifying Social Media Ads

June: Focus Groups, Get to Know Your Audience

July: Design Your Media Plan

July: The Best PR Pitches

August: How to Pitch Donors

Don't forget. AEP6 is still going on. The data collected will inform future campaigns for support by illustrating the economic impact of the arts and culture in Florida. You can participate. Find your study partners here.


L - R: Elected Official: Terrence Freeman, Excellence in Arts Education: Jamie Kent, School District Leadership: Deborah Pepe, Business Leader: Molly Deckart (not pictured. accepted by Lori Madl), School Administrator: Laketiha Mincey, Doris Leeper Award: Nzingah Oniwosan, Community Volunteer: Corey T. Williams, Dr. Mary Palmer Legacy Trailblazer Award: DeWitt Cooper


Freelance and Professional Writers: Freedom with Writing posts paid jobs, contests, calls for pitches, fiction and non-fiction submissions.

Production Professionals: Off Stage Jobs posts job opportunities in production/rental houses, theme parks, cruise lines and tours.

Music Professionals: Musical America Worldwide has a career center on line where jobs for announcers, conductors, instructors and more are posted.

Arts Administrators of Color Network has announced new opportunities and resources.

AAC has announced that they've begun the early exploratory stages of a job board, and need your feedback! Their survey asks questions of both employers and potential job-seekers. Your responses will help our team understand what it means for our communities to have this resource, and how we can continue to collectively impact the sector. Complete this survey by Friday 4/28, and your email will be entered into a raffle to win one of 5 (five) $100 gift cards. 

Take the Survey

AAC Network is also seeking a seasoned nonprofit development professional with a connection to the arts and a passion for building revenue streams for organizations supporting communities of the global majority. The ideal candidate deeply understands the current philanthropic landscape and the systemic challenges organizations of the global majority face, and has a desire to create funding pathways that are community-focused and human-centered. The annual salary for this full-time exempt position is $85,000 and is a 3-year contract position. Currently, this salary is non-negotiable. Benefits include health care, dental and unlimited PTO. The position is also fully remote. Read More & Apply

AAC is an equity partner with Social Art and Culture and We Act Radio for the 2023 Creative Entrepreneur Summit. 75 creative entrepreneurs from DC, MD, and VA learning how to combine their visions for creating change through meaningful societal impact using venture capital concepts. The AAC community can use the code AAOC_CECS for $25 off until April 12th! Register Now

Submit Your Story Idea: Season 2 / ARTS. WORK. LIFE. Do you have a bold, untold story to tell about working in the performing arts? Submit your story idea to APAP's award-winning podcast ARTS. WORK. LIFE. Priority deadline is April 19! Learn more at, and listen to ARTS. WORK. LIFE. on your favorite podcast app.

Resources Available to Strengthen Rural Communities through Design and Planning Strategies: Every two years, the National Endowment for the Arts seeks rural communities of 50,000 people or less to apply for the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) program. With over 30 years of leadership in rural design, CIRD is perfect for creative, community-oriented rural leaders seeking to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality in their communities. Selected applicants emerge from CIRD programs with greater capacity and a wealth of resources to lead their community through current and future design challenges. Application deadline is April 21, 2023. Learn more

NEA Grant Opportunities: Grant guidelines and application materials are now available for Challenge America and Grants for Arts Projects (GAP). These grants to organizations support specific projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. The NEA will hold webinars and question-and-answer sessions in April for prospective applicants. See the list below in the Upcoming Deadlines and Events found at More information and grant guidelines

Florida Cultural Alliance is also supported in part by grant funding from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Florida Cultural Alliance is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities

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