May 8, 2017, Florida Cultural Alliance Statewide Conference Call Agenda and Materials
May 8, 2017, Statewide Conference Call
Agenda and Materials


Who is participating on this morning's statewide advocacy call?

Go here for a list of call participants.


Goals for Today's Call:

1.   State Budget and Florida Legislative Update:  review status of the
     development of Florida's FY 2017-2018 budget as it relates to the
     appropriations needed to fund the recommended 2017-2018 Florida
     Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants.

2.   Important Data on Arts & Culture:  latest release on U.S. Bureau of
     Economic Analysis (BEA) Arts & Culture Satellite Account data about
     arts and culture industries.

3.   Federal Updates on Our Industry:  review update on status of  the
     National Endowment forthe Arts (NEA) for this Fiscal Year 2017 and
     other federal issues.

4.   Other Issues to Know About and Engage In:  FCA encourages you to
     participate in the annual Florida Alliance for Arts Education 
      Summit June 22 through 24 in Daytona Beach AND learn about and
     engage in the Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution, which is
     related to the work going on now with the Florida Constitution  Revision
     Commission work. 

Agenda letters

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Guest Speaker is Dr. Jim Zingale

Dr. Jim Zingale
  Dr. Jim Zingale will give us an update on this year's Florida Legislative Session.  They will meet again today to vote on the proposed FY 2017-2018 budget and other unfinished business.  

Below are the proposed appropriations to fund the 2017-2018 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs' grants programs:

Cultural and Museum Grants :    $13,541,124

Breakdown for this appropriation:

$11,128,124 to fund 480 recommended DCA grants --
go here to column 6 to see approximately what these grants will be.  As you know,  $35,519,347 was needed to fully fund all 480 recommended grantees at their qualified grant amounts. This appropriation will fund these grants at approximately 31.7% of what they qualify for under this grants' program.

$2,413,000 to fund the following legislative projects:

St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District Project (HB 2353)                  $400,000
Great Explorations Children's Museum (HB 4385)                              $400,000
African Museum of Arts and Culture Center (HB 2925)                       $ 500,000
African American History Museum at Historic Roosevelt High
School, Palm Beach County (Senate Form 2131)                                $350,000
Education and Access to Performing Arts Program (HB 2351)            $500,000
PIAG Museum (HB 4269)                                                                     $263,000

Will fully fund all 110 recommended project grants.

Cultural Facilities Grants :  $11,895,088

Breakdown for this appropriation:

$11,145,088 -- to be used to fund ranked DCA cultural facilities' grant projects; however, to fund all 36, $11,591,554 is needed.

$750,000 is to fund the following legislative projects:

City of Jacksonville J.P. Small Park Museum Improvements
(HB 2439)                                                                                          $500,000
Orlando Science Center (HB 3615)                                                   $250,000

Cultural Endowment Program  -- none of the 13 state matches were funded

Other project/program line items under Division of Cultural Affairs:

FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND                                                 $450,000

FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND (pass through appropriation)   $500,000

FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND                                                 $750,000
The funds in Specific Appropriation 3141A are provided for funding an
appropriations project related to HB 2631.

FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND                                                 $357,000                        

2018 Florida Legislative Session:  As soon as this year's legislative session ends, we need to get ready for the 2018 Florida Legislative Session that will be January 9 through March 9. 

Florida Legislative committee meetings will begin in early fall to begin work on 2018 legislative bills and the development of Florida's FY 2018-2019 budget.

2018 Elections:  It's also important election year for Florida. 

Please reach out NOW to your state senator and representative; engage them; invite them to experience your community's arts and culture resources; thank them for their support and share with them reasons why state investments in this industry matter; build these valuable and important relationships with your policy makers.
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After Washington, Florida is one of five states with the fastest growth in arts and cultural employment:
e fastest growth in arts and cultural employment:

For those of you who participated in last month's Florida Cultural Alliance's monthly call, 
For those of you who participated in last month's Florida Cultural Alliance's statewide advocacy and information-to-use conference call, you heard guest speaker Paul Kern with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) discuss the Arts & Cultural Production Satellite Account that generates a tremendous amount of economic data on our industry.  

Arts and cultural economic activity nationwide grew an inflation-adjusted 1.9 percent in 2014, according to new statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That compares with a 2.4 percent increase in real value added from all arts and culture industries for 2013 (table 1). Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $729.6 billion, in 2014 (table 2).

For the first time, the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account includes state-level estimates of employment and compensation.


Here is the latest data on our country's arts and culture industries he told us would be released on April 19.  

This summer, we'll invite Paul Kern and one of our other statewide-call guest speakers Sunil Iyengar, Director of NEA Research, to return as guest speakers on one of our monthly calls to review this updated data that relates to just Florida.

takes you to a graphic that you can use to select from a drop-down list of arts and cultural industries to learn how much value and growth they added to the U.S. GDP from the 2014 findings.

takes you to an interactive state map that illustrates the number of workers employed by arts and cultural industries;  it also shows the compensation (earnings and benefits) paid to these workers. To permit comparisons, 
the graphic relates arts and cultural employment as a share of the total workforce in each state.  This state-wide concentration of arts and cultural workers is indexed to a national rate (1.0).


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You and Other Florida Advocates Are Taking Action to Save and Fund the NEA -- thank you.

Your advocacy efforts are working ---

increased NEA by $2 million for FY 2017.

Key Federally Funded Arts & Culture Agencies/Programs
FY 2016 Enacted Appropriations
(in millions)
FY 2017 Omnibus Proposal
(in millions)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for Humanities (NEH)
Assistance for Arts Education through U.S. Department of Education
New ESSA Well-Rounded Education grants
Corp for Public Broadcasting (forward funded)
Office of Museum Services
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
Nat'l Capital Arts & Cultural Affairs Program
National Gallery of Art

You did it, Florida arts and culture advocates went from 2,683 signatures to 9,487 at the close of signing the petition to save and invest in the NEA.

Are you curious to see how many final signatures were received from
individuals living in your county? Go   here.

3,543 Florida arts and culture advocates have sent emails, as of 4-7-2017, to their Florida members of Congress to save and invest in the NEA.  

Are you curious to see how many advocates, as of 4-7-2017, 
living in your county sent emails?   Go  here .

Three issues you can take action on now at Americans for the Arts' Action Center

1.  Urge Florida Congressional Members to Cosponsor the CREATE Act.

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

3.   Communicate with local press on the value to support the arts.

Resources for you regarding Florida Members of Congress and Impact of NEA funding on Florida:

          1.  Which organizations in Florida have received NEA grants over the
               last three years -- 2014 through 2017?  Go here.
          2.  How did Florida DCA use its annual NEA State Partnership Block
               FY 2016 grant?  Go   here to see how its FY 2015-2016 grant was used.

          3.  Do a   search to see which organizations in your city have received
               NEA  grants for a specific year?

          4.  Speeches on U.S. House floor in support of NEA.

          5.  2017 NEA Guide

          6.  Use 
 Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center --   access here .

How are Florida Members of Congress doing in their support of NEA:

          1.  List of all by Washington, DC, office buildings; links to their websites;
               if they are members of the Congressional Arts or Cultural Caucuses,
               and if they signed the "Dear Colleague" letter in the Senate or the
                House in support of the NEA. 

          2.  Members of Congress are back in their districts until April 25.  Now is
               a good time to reach out to them to thank them if they are members
               of the Congressional Arts Caucus or STEAM Caucus in the U.S.
               House and if they signed the "Dear Colleague" Letter of support for the
               NEA. Go here to check status and access their websites.

               If your U.S. Member of Congress is not a member of the U.S.
               Congressional Arts OR STEAM Caucus AND Florida's U.S. Senate
               members are not members of the Senate Cultural Caucus, please
               quickly send them an email to request they join:

                Form to join the U.S. House Congressional Arts Caucus
                Form to join the U.S. House STEAM Caucus
                Form to join the U.S. Senate Cultural Caucus 

           3.   Excel file of Florida members of Congress, along with their Twitter
                handles and names and emails of their arts staffers. 

Check out the 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card to see how Florida's members of Congress acted on key issues.

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Other Issues and Opportunities You Should Know About:

Changing Florida's Constitution:  It's important that you learn about and engage in the work going on right now with the Florida Constitution Revision Commission  and the Partnerships for Revising Florida's Constitution's helpful  website to learn more and to engage in this important and limited opportunity to make positive changes in Florida's constitution. 

Attend the Annual Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit June 22 through 24 in Daytona Beach -- the only statewide annual arts education conference for all arts education and local arts and culture organization professionals.  Click on the image below to access details and registration:

Other Announcements You Want To Share That Impact Our Industry?


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What are future dates for 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:

June 19 
July 17
August 21
September 18

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