Information Used for 2016 Legislative Session

  County-by-County List of Qualified 2016-2017 DCA Grant Applicants


  2016 Florida Legislative
Platform for Arts & Culture

►  County-by-County List of 
2015-2016 DCA Grantees
►  A Few Facts  to Use
  County-by-county contact list
of Florida Legislators -- locate your county on the worksheets at the bottom of Excel file.

FL Senate Directory Excel 
FL House Directory Excel 

►  AFTA 2015 Creative Industries Reports for Florida Counties

►  Contact Information for (TED) Subcommittees Teddy Bear
►  Contact information on 2016 Florida Legislative Leadership 

► What you can and cannot do as an arts advocate
(PowerPoint) and here.

►  Know who your senator and representative are in the Florida Legislature and Congress -- go here.
►  Florida Senate

►  Florida House 
►  Governor's Office 
►  Florida Division of
     Cultural Affairs
►  Florida Cultural

  Americans for the Arts

Agenda letters
Call Date Was Monday, May 16, 2016    
Who participated on this call and from which Florida counties?
Go here to see.

Number 2
Guest Speaker:
Randy Cohen 

     Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts.  For over twenty years, Randy has led some of the most important research regarding arts and arts education in the country.  Today, he will share highlights of the following research that you can use for organizational development and advocacy purposes:

2.a.  Highlights From "Americans Speak Out About the Arts"
        Public Opinion Poll

2.b.  Reports, Local Findings, and Online Calculator from Arts
Economic Prosperity IV

2.c.  Local and State Reports for Creative Industries:            
        Florida 2015 Creative Industries Report

  List of Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study Partners 

2.e.  10 Reasons to Support the Arts in Florida 

2.f.   Audience  spending 

2.g.  Economic impact

Email Randy if you have questions or need additional information regarding any of this research:

Number 3
Quick Review of Final 
2016-2017 State Budget 
DCA Grants Programs - click grants-program name below to access ranked lists: 
Funded in FY 2015-2016:
Needed to Fully Fund FY 2016-2017 DCA Grants: 
Final FY 2016-2017
for DCA Grants: 
 $19,000,000 --
Note:  this amount was reduced to $18,631,261 due to insufficient funds in trust fund
Cultural Facilities  $18,839,581
Subtotals: $34,804,393 $45,002,090 $32,699,894   

 Final FY 2017 State Appropriations
for Arts & Culture and
Governor's Vetoes:

     Go here to review an updated side-by-side of the FY 2017 appropriations for the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and other related arts, historical, and culture grants and projects, along with the Governor's vetoes related to arts and culture.

    Go here  to see final Cultural and Museum Grant amounts for FY 2016-2017.


Number 4
Please participate in our statewide
thank you campaign. 

      Please participate in our "thank you" letter-writing campaign to legislators and others who helped secure the FY 2016-2017 state arts and culture grants' appropriations. 

Who to Write:    Here is an Excel file that lists key legislators, their legislative assistants, and others outside of the legislature, along with their addresses, who worked to secure these state appropriations to fund the FY 2017 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants' programs.  Please take the time to actually use your stationery to write your thank you letters.  FCA requests that you please copy us at on a sample of the letter/s you mail.  Thank you.

Here are some suggestions we encourage you to review and select a couple to use in your thank you letters to help better inform legislators about key reasons these DCA grants are wise state investments.  

Number 5
Current Federal Issues To Know About
and Take Action On

5.a.  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):  Please take easy and quick action here to communicate support for NEA funding.

5.b.  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):  Learn why advocates must engage now to ensure arts education is integrated into the development of ESSA policies.  Learn from this excellent recorded webinar here conducted by Americans for the Arts.

5.c.  New Policy Development for Overtime Pay:  Independent Sector (IS) is conducting two webinars regarding the development of new overtime pay: 

Part 1: Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
Part 2: Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

     For detailed information on these webinars and to register to participate on them, go here.  It is our understanding that there is no charge to participate.  These changes in overtime pay will impact your not-for-profit organization.

Note from IS on Overtime Pay Policies:

     Currently, nonprofit organizations are required to pay overtime to certain employees that work more than 40 hours a week and receive a salary of $23,660 or less. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed raising the salary threshold to $50,440 -- an increase that would cause both practical and compliance issues for many organizations. A final rule is expected soon, and it is critical that the sector has the information and tools to be prepared. A panel of sector experts will lead a strategy session that will help your organization manage the proposed expansion of overtime coverage.

Number 6 Live Updates
                                from YOU? 

See below, too, for invitations. 
   Please mark your calendars. Calendar with flip page

Upcoming Statewide Conferences/Events:

Arts for All Arts Education Summit
    June 23-26, Daytona Beach

Julie Hebert
, executive director, Florida Alliance for Arts Education will give us a quick update on why everyone involved with arts education should attend this summit. 

Information flier on Arts for All Summit
Go here for details and registration.

  Engaging Community and the Arts in Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum

Patricia Fried, executive director, Arts for Health Florida, will give us a quick update on this event being held at three locations:

May 31

Morgridge International Reading Center at the University of Central Florida

June 3
Tarpon Springs
Leepa Rattner Museum of Art at
St. Petersburg College

June 4
Reeves Theatre at the University of Tampa
All events are from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Information flier here.
Register at:
$30 Members/$45 General Public

  FCA Monthly Advocacy and Information-to-Use Statewide Monthly Conference Calls:

     Please also mark your 2016 calendars for our monthly calls. You will be sent each month an easy and quick registration form to complete to be added to the call-participant list.

     Each monthly call is scheduled on a Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST.  They are subject to change, but here are the dates we've scheduled for 2016:

June 13 -- we'll finalize 2016 Arts & Culture Candidates' Survey to use during 2016 elections -- guest speaker TBA

July 18
August 15
September 12
October 17
November 14
December 12

for all of your advocacy efforts --  
you make a difference!

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Florida Cultural Alliance
Post Office Box 2131
West Palm Beach, Florida 333402-2131
Contact:  Sherron Long, president