Monday, October 22, 2018, Statewide Conference Call Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

Agenda and Call Materials Below 

Who is on today's call and participating?

Access to a list today's registered call participants.
Thank you for your participation and advocacy efforts.

Number 1
The 2019-2020 Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Matching Grant Recommendations Released:

On Friday, October 19, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner approved and released the 2019-2020 DCA grant recommendations for all four DCA grant-funding categories:

a.  Quick Look by DCA Grant Request Numbers by Counties and
     DCA Funding Categories

b.  County-by-County List  that includes all 664 recommended
     DCA matching grants for 2019-2020

c.  From high to low grant number requests by counties for

    1.  Cultural and Museum Matching Grant Requests
    2.  Culture Builds Florida Matching Grant Requests

    3.  Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Requests

    4.  Cultural Endowment  State Share Requests

DCA Matching-Grant Funding Categories -- click on category to access ranked list: Number of Qualified and Recommended Matching Grants: Total State 2019-2020 Appropriations Needed to Fund These Matching Grants: 

Number 2
Even if you've already voted, you can still create greater awareness about Florida's arts, arts education, and culture industry with those elected and those who will be elected:

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a.   Please invest some time over the next two weeks to follow these simple  ONE-PAGE 2018 Election Action Steps.

The more meaningful and timely connections throughout the year we can all make with our current and future policymakers, the better.

b.  Only 27.46% of Florida's registered voters voted in the August primary elections. Check out your county voter turnout in the 2018 primary election.

Decline in voter turnout  over the years in Florida.

We can do better in the general elections.   Early voting begins today.  Please VOTE.

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c.  Here are your  COUNTY arts & culture INFOGRAPHICS  that you can use now in your communications with those policymakers already elected and those still running AND don't forget to share the    appropriate Arts & Culture Platform with them, too.

d.   REGIONAL INFOGRAPHICS and lists of 5-year DCA matching-grants' funding for each county under each Florida region.

e.  How do I easily contact my state and federal 
policymakers and candidates over the next two weeks to make a difference?

You'll receive today a county-specific Excel file that you can easily download that lists contact information and status of your current state policymakers, 2018 legislative candidates, and U.S. House candidate/s that represent you and your county.

f.  Quickly review Duval County example of an Excel file to see what you'll receive for your county today and how easy it is to use to connect with your already elected and soon-to-be elected policymakers over the next two weeks.

Number 3
Quick State Budget Update -- Hurricane Michael's and Red Tide's Potential Impact on Florida's Budget

Dr. Jim Zingale
Dr. Jim Zingale has already reviewed the documents linked below on our September statewide call; HOWEVER, since that call, Hurricane Michael devastated some of Florida's Panhandle and the red-tide continues to make an appearance on both coasts.

We have received inquiries about the impact of these natural disasters on Florida's budget.  J im will quickly give us an update so we know what the potential impact on Florida's budget will be now and in 2019-2020.

First, our thoughts are with all of those who are impacted by these natural and recurring disasters.  We encourage you to donate to the relief funds that you support to help our fellow Floridians recover.

Jim already reviewed these documents on our September call:

Number 4
IMPORTANT Americans for the Arts Info to Share, Know, and Use in Your Local Advocacy Efforts

b.  AFTA on September 27 released the results of its new Ipsos Public Opinion Survey.  More than 3,000 American adults over the age of 18 were polled and the new results provide the latest insight on topics that include 

1.  support for arts education,
2.  government arts funding, 
3.  personal engagement in the arts, 
4.  the personal benefits and well-being that come from engaging
     in the arts, and 
5.  how those benefits extend more broadly to the community.

Florida was one of eight states that participated in this new survey.

The Florida highlights of this poll were emailed to you on 9-28-18.

Number 5
Please join us for the FCA Advocacy and Information-to-Use Conference  Calls:

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.

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

November 26:

1.  New 2018 Florida Legislative and Congressional leadership
     and members

2.  Review Florida Legislative Calendar and Our Advocacy Calendar

3.  Review and discuss statewide advocacy strategies to restore
     appropriations for DCA matching grants and other state and federal
     issues that impact our creative industry

December 17:

Topics TBD

Dates are subject to change, and we'll finalize on each month's statewide call the date of the next call for the following month.

Florida Cultural Alliance
  Post Office Box 2131
 West Palm Beach, FL 33402-2131