September 26, 2016, Florida Cultural Alliance Agenda and Materials
for Advocacy and Information-to-Use Statewide Conference Call

September 26, 2016, 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.

Here is a list of today's registered participants on this call.

Number 1
Thank you to our guest speakers:

Dr. Jim Zingale
Jim is a state budget expert with years of experience.  He will give us a brief update on the projected financial health of Florida's economy and what we can expect regarding budget issues related to the upcoming 2017 Florida Legislative Session.

Curtis is an arts consultant and information specialist for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA).
He will give us a brief update on the status of the statewide Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study scheduled for release in June 2017 and other quick updates from the DCA.  


Number 2
Status of 2016 Election

Florida Map of Color Blocks
2.a.  County-by-County List of All Candidates After Primary:
Here are lists ( PDF or Excel file) of all Florida candidates after the primary election still running for either the Florida House, Florida Senate, or the U.S. House organized under the county or counties they will represent in those respective offices.

2.b.  Did your candidates respond to survey?:

Did your candidates respond to the 2016 Florida Cultural Alliance and Florida PAC for Arts & Culture Florida Legislative Candidates' Survey?

If candidate's district number is highlighted in dark orange, click it to read candidate's responses to survey.

It's not too late to engage your Florida House or Senate candidates to help inform them about arts, arts education, and culture issues.  See number 3 below, and please follow through now.

2.c. Candidates running after primary election for the following offices: 



Click on the office below to access an Excel file with lists of candidates by district order as of 9-23-2016: 
Districts Already Elected as of 9-23-2016: 
Districts with only 1 major party (Democrat or Republican) in General Election with no other major party running against them as of 9-23-2016: 
General Election districts with both major parties running as of 9-23-2016: 

120 members serve in the Florida House

40 members serve in Florida Senate

27 members from Florida serve in the U.S. House

2 members from Florida serve in U.S. Senate

(Senator Bill Nelson not up for re-election this year to U.S. Senate, but will be in 2018) 
not applicable 
1 U.S. Senate seat up for election in Florida with major and other parties running 
2.c.  Florida Division of Elections 
Number 3
Reach out to your Florida Senate and House of Representative candidates and engage them now.

We must demonstrate that we're paying attention and are involved with the election process.

Now is a great time to

3.a.  Check to see if your Florida House or Senate candidates responded to our Florida Legislative Survey.

22 Florida House Candidates Responded; 6 lost in the primary election 
17 Florida Senate Candidates Responded; 8 lost in the primary election 

3.b.  If they did respond to the survey, reach out to them and thank them for responding.  Invite them to your facility and/or one of your programs.  Begin to build a relationship with them.  This same strategy goes for those already elected -- reach out to them now.

3.c.  If they have not responded to the survey, reach out to them now, and let them know that you want to share with them information regarding the four issues outlined in the candidates' survey related to arts, arts education, and culture.  Let them know that these issues matter to you and to their communities. 

3.c.1.  Claire Trehan, grant writer for Maltz Jupiter Theatre, will share with you how she followed through when FCA sent its 8-23-16 Action Alert asking advocates to engage with their candidates.  Thank you, Claire, for your follow through and for sharing how easy it is to reach out to one's candidates and policy makers.

3.c.2.  Their contact information can be found in the Excel files listed in the table above under 2.c. for the office they are running for in 2016.

3.c.3. Ask them to please participate in learning about and sharing their views on these four arts and culture issues that matter to you.  Partnerships with our state policy makers are critical to advance arts, arts education, and culture throughout our state.
DC Capitol
Number 4
Information to Share Related to Candidates Running for U.S. House or U.S. Senate
4.a.  Ten questions to ask candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate

4.b.  Americans for the Arts Action Fund 2016 Congressional  
Report Card -- Florida members of Congress listed on page 10.
4.c.  Add your name as an arts advocate to the Arts Action Fund -- the goal is to get to one-million arts advocates throughout the country who will stand up for arts and arts education. 

Number 5

Other Issues and News:

 celebrate, engage, and share the news.     

Other issues or news from you?


Call Key
Number 6
Mark Your Calendars for Future
FCA Statewide Calls for 2016

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

October 17 
December 12
November 14 

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