April 10, 2017, Statewide Conference Call
Agenda and Materials
Who is participating on this morning's statewide advocacy call?
Go here for a list of call participants.
State Budget and Florida Legislative Updates: review status of the
development of Florida's FY 2017-2018
budget as it relates to the
appropriations needed to fund the recommended 2017-2018 Florida
Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants AND the status of 2017 Florida
bills of interest to our industry.
Important Data on Arts & Culture: learn about the U.S. Bureau of
Economic Analysis (BEA) Arts & Culture Satellite Account, and how to
access and use this valuable data in our advocacy efforts to support our
arts and culture industries.
State and Federal Advocacy Action Steps to Take Now: review and
discuss the action steps you and others must take to help
highest state appropriations possible to fund all DCA
2018 grants AND save and secure funding for the National Endowment for
the Arts (NEA) for this Fiscal Year 2017 and in the future.
Other Issues to Know About and Engage In: FCA encourages you to
participate in the annual Florida Alliance for Arts Education
June 22 through 24 in Daytona Beach
learn about and
engage in the
for Revising Florida's Constitution, which is
related to the work going on now with the Florida Constitution
Guest Speaker is Paul Kern
is with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (
) and is an expert on the Arts & Cultural Production Satellite Account that generates a tremendous amount of economic data on our industry. He will inform us about this important BEA account and how we can access and use this information in our advocacy efforts.
The updated data will be released on April 19; so, Paul will get us ready to access this new data by reviewing how this account works and highlights from previous reports:
BEA Arts & Cultural Production Satellite Account
February 16, 2016
Florida Legislative Session Update and Discussion:
State Budget As It Relates to DCA Grants
2017 Legislative Bills of Interest to Our Industry
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 and what the appropriation recommendations are, to date, to fund the 2017-2018 DCA grants;
results of the Budget Revenue Estimating Conference held on March 17;
and how we all must engage now and throughout this year's legislative session to secure the highest appropriations possible to fund the recommended Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants.
References Sherron and Jim will use during this review and discussion related to 2017 Florida Legislative Session:
Side-by-side appropriation recommendations
made by the Florida House
and Senate Appropriations Committees as of 4-6-17 to fund 2017-2018
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants -- not final and subject
Florida Senate FY 2017-2018 Budget Bill (
DCA on pages 390-392
Florida House FY 2017-2018 Budget Bill (
DCA on pages 371-372
In the Florida House:
1,205 project bills that total $2,579,567,292 requested state funds.
In the Florida Senate:
1,131 project bills that total $2,674,799,362 in requested state funds.
2017 Legislative bills of interest
(Excel file)-- quickly review the status of
a few key bills of interest to our industry. Please email FCA at
info@FLCA.net if any of these bills will directly or indirectly impact issues
that matter to you OR if we have left off some bills that you believe
should be added.
Why It Is So Important For All Of Us To Pay Attention To These Issues And Follow Through On Action Alerts:
Like You, Policy Makers Are Busy and Overwhelmed: Just from quickly reviewing the information under agenda item number 2 above
-- the FY 2017-2018 proposed state budgets,
-- all the legislative bills, and
-- the legislative projects --
you can quickly understand that our state policy makers have many issues they must learn about and take action on in a short period of time.
They also respond to their constituents, especially if they hear from a number of them on issues that matter. Building stronger understanding with them about the value that Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grant investments have on their constituents and their communities matter. Your relationship and your board members' and community arts and culture advocates' relationships with them matter.
We have to pay attention and communicate with them on a regular basis: 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 to their understanding of and support for our issues.
Since our last call, we sincerely hope you and other advocates followed through
on these two action alerts -- thank you so much if you did:
NOW, we all must continue to advocate throughout this year's Florida Legislative Session to secure the highest possible state appropriations to fund the 2017-2018 recommended DCA grants.
Here are the Advocacy Steps We Suggest You and Others Take NOW -- please follow through this week:
PLEASE send specific emails based upon which Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grant program/s impact your organization and/or county.
Here are three suggested emails
that you can review, edit, and cut for your specific organization and/or county, and send to the following legislators and copy their legislative assistants -- make sure you're also specific in the subject box of each email:
Key Legislative Leadership
who can decide on final DCA appropriation recommendations to fund 2017-2018 DCA grants -- there are 6 of them.
If needed, click on the image below to access these resources for your use:
Florida Department of State Grant Lists and Information 2017-2018
Economic Impact Studies
for Florida and Various Counties
Creative Industries County-by-County Some 2017
Reports for Florida List of Recommended Florida Legislative
Counties 2017-2018 DCA Grants Resources
Please continue to pay attention and
follow through on action alerts in a timely manner. State funding and other issues that impact our industry are still in play.
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.
Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts.
You and Other Florida Advocates Are Taking Action to Save and Fund the NEA -- thank you.
We must continue to communicate with Florida members of Congress regarding the importance of the NEA to Florida and to our country.
You did it, Florida arts and culture advocates went from 2,683 signatures to 9,487 at the close of signing the petition to save and invest in the NEA.
Are you curious to see how many final signatures were received from
individuals living in your county? Go
3,543 Florida arts and culture advocates have sent emails, as of 4-7-2017, to their Florida members of Congress to save and invest in the NEA.
Are you curious to see how many advocates, as of 4-7-2017,
living in your county sent emails?
NEA funding for this Fiscal Year and in the future is still in jeopardy.
On March 24, 2017, the White House released a list of proposed budget reductions for
FY 2017 to Congress --
the Fiscal Year we are in now. It is a list of $18 billion in suggested cuts to make funds available to immediately increase national security spending.
These proposed cuts include a $15 million reduction each in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants
funding and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for this FY 2017, as well as numerous reductions to domestic discretionary programs,
including the Departments of Education, Agriculture, and Justice; and the National Institutes of Health and others.
Because of NEA grant-cycle schedules, any cuts to the NEA's remaining FY2017 grants budget has a negative impact on state arts
agencies (our own DCA) and those organizations that receive FY 2017 NEA grants.
Please communicate now with Florida U.S. Senators and your member of the U.S. House.
Please ask them to keep the NEA at its current funding level at $148 million for the balance of FY 2017.
Cutting $15 million in the middle of NEA grants' cycles will have a negative impact on programs throughout the state.
Let's Increase Those Numbers of Florida Advocates Speaking Up for the NEA for this Fiscal Year and in the Future:
Some resources for you regarding Florida Members of Congress and Impact of NEA funding on Florida:
1. Which organizations in Florida have received NEA grants over the
last three years -- 2014 through 2017? Go
2. How did Florida DCA use its annual NEA State Partnership Block
FY 2016 grant? Go
to see how its FY 2015-2016 grant was used.
3. Do a
to see which organizations in your city have received
grants for a specific year?
4. Speeches on U.S. House floor in support of NEA.
Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center --
How are Florida Members of Congress doing in their support of NEA:
1. List of all by Washington, DC, office buildings; links to their websites;
if they are members of the Congressional Arts or Cultural Caucuses,
and if they signed the "Dear Colleague" letter in the
in support of the NEA.
2. Members of Congress are back in their districts until April 25. Now is
a good time to reach out to them to thank them if they are members
of the Congressional Arts Caucus or STEAM Caucus in the U.S.
House and if they signed the "Dear Colleague" Letter of support for the
to check status and access their websites.
If your U.S. Member of Congress is not a member of the U.S.
Congressional Arts OR STEAM Caucus AND Florida's U.S. Senate
members are not members of the Senate Cultural Caucus, please
quickly send them an email to request they join:
to join the U.S. House Congressional Arts Caucus
to join the U.S. House STEAM Caucus
to join the U.S. Senate Cultural Caucus
of Florida members of Congress, along with their Twitter
handles and names and emails of their arts staffers.
Many, many thanks to all of you who traveled to Tallahassee or Washington, D.C. to participate in either Florida's Arts & Culture Day or National Arts Advocacy Day last month. Both events were great successes due to each of you who participated and to the wonderful and informative speakers who shared their expertise with all of us and for the wonderful and inspiring performances in Tallahassee or Washington, D.C.
with Florida's Members of Congress
Other Issues and Opportunities You Should Know About:
Changing Florida's Constitution:
It's important that you learn about and engage in the work going on right now with the
Florida Constitution Revision Commission
and the Partnerships for Revising Florida's Constitution's helpful
to learn more and to engage in this important and limited opportunity to make positive changes in Florida's constitution.
Other Announcements You Want To Share That Impact Our Industry?
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Florida Cultural Alliance
Post Office Box 2131
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-2131