March 13, 2017, Statewide Conference Call
Agenda and Materials
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Who is participating on this morning's statewide advocacy call?
Go here for a list of call participants.
1. Understand status of state budget.
2. Learn what's at stake for each
Florida county regarding Division of Cultural
Affairs (DCA) recommended 2017-2018 grants.
3. Learn what DCA grants might be at
different appropriation levels.
4. Discuss what's at stake if the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is
5. Review and discuss the action steps you and others must take to help
secure the highest state appropriations possible to fund all DCA
recommended 2017-2018 grants.
6. Review the action steps
you and others must take now to help protect the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Overview and Update on State Budget Process and
What Can You Do to Secure Appropriations to Fund State DCA Grants
Dr. Jim Zingale
, a state budget expert with years of experience working on state budget issues, will give us an overview on
the status of the development of the FY 2017-2018 state budget;
the upcoming Budget Revenue Estimating Conference on March 17;
the legislative time frame on the development of Florida's FY 2017-2018 budget;
(4) and how we all must engage now and throughout this year's legislative session to secure the appropriations needed to fund all 638 recommended Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants.
It's Important for You and
All of Us Who Care About These Issues To Pay Attention and Follow
Why should we expect our state and federal policy makers to pay attention to our asks and issues if we are not paying attention, learning a few facts to share with them, and taking the necessary advocacy steps that can make a difference?
STEP 1: A Scenario -- If you are having a conversation with a state legislator at an event or meeting, can you quickly share or answer the following questions if asked or discussed:
1. What is the name of the state agency where arts and culture grants are
funded in the state budget?
2. How do these arts and culture grants get recommended for state funding?
3. What has this state agency provided legislators regarding these
recommended state grants?
4. What are the "asks" for these state appropriations?
a. The actual appropriation amounts needed to fully fund the
qualified grant amounts for all of those grants recommended?
b. The state agency's actual appropriation requests for these grants?
c. The governor's appropriation requests for these grants?
5. What was the state appropriation for this current fiscal year for these
arts and culture grants?
Are there grant-funding categories that fund arts & culture grants or just
one budget line item that funds them?
7. How many total state arts and culture grants are recommended for state
8. How many of these arts & culture grants based in your county are
recommended for funding in 2017-2018 and under which funding
categories? If funded, how much in state-grant arts & culture funding
will be invested in your county?
9. If your organization is recommended for a state grant, do you know
what your grant amount might be at full funding, current-year funding,
or at what the governor recommends?
10. What are a few reasons why these state arts and culture grant
investments are important and matter to your organization, other
profits, your community, and the state?
11. Do these state grants generate revenue for government treasuries? If
so, approximately how much? Return on investment ratio?
12. Which appropriations' subcommittees in the Florida Legislature are
responsible for the initial appropriation recommendations to fund these
arts and culture grants?
13. Who are the three top legislative leaders in the Florida Senate and the
three in the Florida House who can help secure the appropriations
needed to fund these state arts and culture grants? Have you
communicated with them about these issues and requested their help?
14. Who are your Florida Senator and Representative? Have you met or
communicated with them and/or their staff about what is needed to fund
these arts and culture grants and why these are smart and wise
15. Is there an informational piece that you can send me to use and learn
more about these arts and culture grants and what is needed to fund
them and a few facts about why these state investments are important?
16. Can you send me a list of the arts and culture grants that are
recommended for funding that are based in the county or counties I
represent in the Florida Legislature?
17. What would you like me to do as a member of the Florida House or
Florida Senate to help secure these appropriations?
18. Am I on your mailing lists?
How many could you answer off the top of your head without looking
below or elsewhere for the answers?
STEP 2 -- Please 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
County-by-County List of 2017-2018 Recommended DCA Grants
-- Take Action Now and Review What DCA Grants Might Be At Different
Here is a
(also sent to you on March 6) with detailed information and a sample letter to a legislator that you may use as a template; however, make your letters your own. PLEASE DO NOT PUT THIS ACTION STEP OFF. Recruit others to join you in this letter-writing campaign to legislators. You and others can help secure the appropriations needed to fund the DCA grants.
Here is what 2017-2018 DCA grant amounts might be
at different appropriation levels:
Please communicate now with legislators to help secure the highest appropriations possible so you and the other recommended DCA grants can be fully funded.
What is at stake for your county?
Here is the
of 2017-2018 DCA recommended grants by
grant-funding categories and total grant amounts organized
by Florida counties?
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.
||David Stringer, classical guitarist
Performances for Arts & Culture Day 2017
March 22 on 22nd Floor of the Capitol
STEP 5 --
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.
SENATE Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
HOUSE Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee (
COMBINED list of TED subcommittee members
Your state senator and representative --
Senate Directory and House Directory in Excel format with staff contacts
and emails, links, telephone numbers, addresses, and committee assignments.
Verify your legislators' contact information by going to his/her website.
Amy Baker, director of the
Florida Office of Economic & Demographic Research
that she presented to the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development in February. Please note that
many of the points
she made align with what Florida's arts and culture resources
bring to the table.
What are some of the challenges
we face in our efforts to secure
our 2017 Florida Legislative asks?
What are some of the
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
Florida Department of State (DOS) recommends
$6 million for Cultural and Museum Grants
$2,320,109 for Culture Builds Florida Grants
DOS submitted to all members of the Florida Legislature its 2017-2018 List
of Ranked and
Recommended Grants for Libraries, Cultural Affairs, and
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:
FLORIDA arts and culture advocates can do better. Only 2,683 Floridians have signed the petition to President Trump regarding the National Endowment for the Arts.
1. National Issues:
sign this petition
to President Trump to
demonstrate our support
for the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA) BEFORE March 21. Get others
to sign it, too.
to see how many people in each of Florida's
the petition as of March 8 and where
Florida stands nationally in
securing signatures. The goal is to secure 100,000 signatures
throughout the country. As of 3-8-2017, 45,885 people have signed.
2. How does Florida DCA use its annual NEA State Partnership Block
to see how its FY 2015-2016 grant was used.
3. Do a
to see which organizations in your city have received
5. Some recent articles about possible NEA elimination:
b. Communicate now to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators Nelson
and Rubio to support funding for the NEA --
take action here
There is strength in numbers, and your social media friends can
help deliver this national message.
Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center --
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 --
Monday, Tuesday, March 20 & 21, National Arts Advocacy Days --
Other quick updates from you?
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:
Florida Cultural Alliance
Post Office Box 2131
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-2131