February 13, 2017, Florida Cultural Alliance Agenda and Materials
for Advocacy and Information-to-Use Statewide Conference Call

February 13, 2017, Advocacy & Information-to-Use Statewide Conference Call Agenda and Materials
     Thank you for registering to participate on this month's statewide call organized by the Florida Cultural Alliance (FCA).  Each month, FCA organizes these calls to keep you informed and engaged in state and federal issues and other information that matter to you and Florida's arts, arts education, and culture industry.

Go here to review who registered to participate on today's call.

Number 1
G uest Speakers are Jocelyn Bogen and
Tom McClimon with the

Tom McClimon is a Managing Director of the United States Conference of Mayors. His responsibilities include staffing the Tourism, Arts Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee (TAPES), Mayors Professional Sports Alliance, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force, and the Mayors and Metro Universities Task Force. He is also responsible for the Conference of Mayors partnerships with universities, including Harvard University and New York University. His other duties include handling some of the Conference's international relationships, such as with Japan and China. He has been with the Conference for over 30 years.

Jocelyn Bogen is the Director of the City Livability Awards Program for The United States Conference of Mayors. Her responsibilities include staffing the Tourism, Arts Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee (TAPES), Mayors Professional Sports Alliance, Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force, She is responsible for the Conference of Mayors Community WINS Grant Program, Major League Baseball Play Ball Initiative and has duties that also include staffing and coordinating mayoral delegations to Saudi Arabia. She has been with the Conference now for 15 years.

Topic:  Jocelyn and Tom will share with us how  arts and culture policies and resources are incorporated into the work of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. They will also share ideas on how we as arts and culture advocates can strengthen our partnerships with our mayors and cities to advance our local arts and culture resources for citizens and tourists.


Number 2
FCA Tallahassee Updates -- FCA's face-to-face February meetings with key legislators and staff 


What you and others can do to help secure 2017-2018 appropriations to fund DCA grants:

STEP 1 -- invest the time:  
Know that to secure millions of state appropriation investments that benefit your community requires an
investment of time to learn, follow through, and monitor. 

STEP 2 -- question for you:  
Did you follow up on the tailor-made Action Alert email sent to you over the last two weeks?  If so, thank you; if not, please follow the steps below now.

STEP 3 -- review, learn, inform:
Please review, learn from, and use the following materials in your advocacy communications  to inform staff, board members, and patrons, and in your communications with your legislators -- click the images to access documents

2017 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture
Florida Department of State Grant Lists and Information 2017-2018 

County-by-County List of 2017-2018 Recommended DCA Grants

AFTA Creative Industry Reports for Florida Counties

-- action steps and sample letter:

Follow these steps, and please do not put them off. Recruit others to join you in this letter-writing campaign to legislators. Help secure now these DCA appropriations.


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STEP 5 -- please  register now for  Arts & Culture Day 2017  scheduled for March 22 in Tallahassee.

     Together, in large numbers, let's demonstrate that arts, arts education, and culture matter to Floridians.  It's important you and other advocates who care SHOW UP and SPEAK UP in Tallahassee on March 22.

     Here are Arts & Culture Day 2017 details, hotel information, and registration.

Time to pay attention
STEP 6 --   please pay attention and  follow through on action alerts in a timely manner.

     Issues move through the legislative process quickly, and all of us must pay attention throughout this process.  Please make sure that info@FLCA.net is an acceptable email address in your address books. When you receive an alert, please take the time to follow the steps in a timely manner -- it does make a difference.


Legislative Resources  for Your Use

1.   2017 Florida Legislative and Appropriations' Leadership Excel worksheets

2.   Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
     Economic Development ( Senate TED )

3.   House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee ( House TED )

4.   Combined list of TED subcommittee members
 by counties represented and how many DCA 2017-2018 grant requests

    b.   contact information
 by counties represented and

5.   Your state senator and representative --   access here.

6.     Senate Directory and  House Directory in Excel format with staff contacts
        and emails, links, telephone numbers, addresses, and committee assignments.

7.  Amy Baker, director of the   Florida Office of Economic & Demographic Research
      Report that she presented to the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
     Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development last week.  Please note that
     many of the points  she made align with what Florida's arts and culture resources
     bring to the table.


Number 3
What are some of the challenges

we face in our efforts to secure
our 2017 Florida Legislative asks?


     What are some of the  key challenges  we face to meet our 2017 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture

3.a.     State-budget challenges this year and next:  Dr. Jim Zingale's "Florida's
            Budget and Financial Outlook 2017" 

3.b.     Governor recommends $6 million for Cultural and Museum Grants and
            does not recommend appropriations for other DCA grants-program
            budget line items:  Governor's  proposed 2017-2018 state budget  -- refer to
            pages 330 & 331. 

3.c.       Florida Department of State (DOS) recommends 

     $6 million for Cultural and Museum Grants 
     $2,320,109 for Culture Builds Florida Grants

     Refer to pages 56-58 in DOS Legislative Budget Requests.  

     DOS submitted to all members of the Florida Legislature its 2017-2018 List 
     of Ranked and 
Recommended Grants for Libraries, Cultural Affairs, and
     Historical Resources. 

  3.d.  The table below reflects the number of 2017-2018 DCA qualified grant
          applicants for the 2017 Florida Legislature's funding asks and consideration

Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Grant Program Categories -- click each program to access ranked list:
Number of Total 2017-2018 DCA Grant Applicants Recommended for Funding:
Total 2017-2018 Grant Appropriation Requests:
Cultural and Museum Grants for General Program Support   
Culture Builds Florida Grants for Specific Projects 
 110  $2,320,109
 36  $11,591,554
 12  $2,880,000

Number 4
Quick Updates and Other

Action Requests

1.   National Issues:

     a.  Please sign this petition to President Trump to demonstrate our support
          for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
     b.  Communicate now to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators Nelson
          and Rubio to support funding for the NEA -- take action here
     c.   Post on   Facebook  and  Twitter  to help rally national support for the
          NEA.  There is strength in numbers, and your social media friends can
          help deliver this national message.

     d.   Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center --   access here .

     e.  Americans for the Arts Statement on Immigration and Refugee Ban
     f.   Americans for the Arts Statement on Arts Education in Public Schools
         Upon the Appointment of Betsy DeVos 

2.  Register now for Arts & Culture Days in Tallahassee and D.C.

     Mark your calendars and register to participate in arts and culture advocacy

     Wednesday, March 22, Arts & Culture Day in Tallahassee -- register here.

     Monday, Tuesday, March 20 & 21, National Arts Advocacy Days --
      register here.
3.  Register for the  2017 Convening Culture Conference in Gainesville,
     February 22 and 23.

4.  Other quick updates from you?

Number 5
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:

March 13
April 10
May 8
June 19 

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