March 13, 2017, Florida Cultural Alliance Statewide Conference Call Agenda and Materials
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.


Goals for Today's Call:

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).

Agenda letters

Number 1

Overview and Update on State Budget Process and
What Can You Do to Secure Appropriations to Fund State DCA Grants

Dr. Jim Zingale

Dr. Jim Zingale, a state budget expert with years of experience working on state budget issues, will give us an overview on (1) the status of the development of the FY 2017-2018 state budget; (2) the upcoming Budget Revenue Estimating Conference on March 17; (3)
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.


Number 2

It's Important for You and
All of Us Who Care About These Issues To Pay Attention and Follow
Through With Actions:

     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? 

 6.   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
      2017-2018 grants?
 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
       not-for- 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

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

STEP 3  -- Take Action Now and Review What DCA Grants Might Be At Different
Appropriation Levels: 

Here is a step-by-step document (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  breakdown of 2017-2018 DCA recommended grants by 
grant-funding categories and total grant amounts organized 
by Florida counties?


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STEP 4 -- 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.

David Stringer, classical guitarist

Performances for Arts & Culture Day 2017
March 22 on 22nd Floor of the Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida
Please register now and join us.

Time to pay attention

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 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.


STEP 6 -- Legislative Resources  for You to 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 

     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.
     Verify your legislators' contact information by going to his/her website.  

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 in February.  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
Federal Actions Needed
and Other Updates

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:

     a.  Please 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. 
          1.  Go   here to see how many people in each of Florida's  counties signed
               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
               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?

          4.  2017 NEA Guide

          5.  Some recent articles about possible NEA elimination: 
                NEA Obituary      What's At Stake    Example of Local NY Impact         
     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.  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:

April 10
May 8
June 19 

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