June 13, 2016, Florida Cultural Alliance Agenda and Materials
for Advocacy and Information-to-Use Statewide Conference Call

June 13, 2016, Advocacy & Information-to-Use Statewide Conference Call Agenda and Details
     Thank you for registering to participate on this month's statewide call organized by the Florida Cultural Alliance (FCA).  Each month, FCA organizes these calls to keep you informed and engaged in state and federal issues and other information that matter to you and Florida's arts, arts education, and culture industry.

Here is a list of today's registered participants on this call.

Number 1

Guest Speaker

      Marian Johnson is Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and also serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political InstituteShe is an expert on this topic, and we appreciate her sharing her time and expertise with us this morning. 

    Here is the document that Marian will review with us during her presentation. 


Information for You to Use Regarding 2016 Elections:

  Your legislative and congressional districts will probably change and be different than your current districts.

It is our understanding that you can access what your new districts will be on your county Supervisor of Elections websites in a couple of weeks and new voter registration cards will be mailed soon.

Check to see the revised proposed districts are for your county, along with the candidates running for each district, under 1.b. below. This information will be revised and updated after June 24, the deadline for candidates to register to run. Go here for updated redistricting information. 
1.b.  All 2016 Candidates by Florida Counties and Office (an Excel file with worksheets, and this information is subject to change) 

1. c.  2016 Elections Calendar

1.d.   2016 Voter Registration Guide

1.e.   2016 Voter Registration Form 
1.f.   Candidates' Campaign Finance Information

1.g.  Florida Division of Elections

Number 2
2016 Informational and Opinion Surveys to Help Inform Candidates About Arts,
Arts Education, and Culture Issues

2.a.  2016 DRAFT of Florida PAC for Arts & Culture and Florida Cultural Alliance Florida Legislative Candidate Survey

     We'll review and discuss the four key issues we want to educate both incumbents and new candidates about concerning Florida's annual investments in this creative industry.  This legislative-candidate survey is a tool to help focus us on key issues and inform and engage incumbents and new candidates.

     Please review this DRAFT candidate survey in advance of our call.  To get from page to page on the survey, you need to easily and quickly complete it, but don't hit "done."  We will review and discuss the four issues to ascertain if we all believe these are the points we want to focus on with candidates.  Please be prepared to make suggested revisions and share your thoughts and ideas. 

     Thank you for your cooperation and time, and I will be in touch with each of you when the final legislative-candidate survey is ready to use.

2.b.  10 Questions to Ask Congressional Candidates from Americans for the Arts

Number 3

Florida PAC for Arts & Culture

     Thanks to a fund raiser in Miami in partnership with Americans for the Arts Action Fund, the hard work of  Florida Cultural Alliance board members, and others throughout the state who contributed and secured contributions from friends and colleagues for the Florida PAC for Arts & Culture (FPAC), FPAC was able to contribute 18 campaign checks to candidates and their PACs before this year's legislative session. 

     The FPAC would like to make some additional Florida Legislative-campaign contributions before this year's election dates, but it must have contributions from you and others to make that possible. The Florida PAC for Arts & Culture is a separate entity from FCA, but FCA works in partnership with FPAC.

     Please make a contribution to FPAC -- you can safely make a contribution online
     We also encourage you to make a contribution to the national Arts Action Fund PAC.  It makes campaign contributions to congressional candidates, some based in Florida.  FPAC can only make Florida Legislative-candidate campaign contributions.

Number 4

Other Issues and News:

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4.a.  Proposed increase in National Endowment for the Arts

4.b.  Florida Department of Education accepts public input on the
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) beginning on June 20.  We'll send you the link and suggestions to share once available.

4.c.  Long time and respected Florida arts leader announces his retirement.  Art Keeble, the long-time executive director of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County is retiring after decades of exemplary service to advance the arts in Hillsborough County and throughout the state.

Art requests you share this executive director job announcement and description with your colleagues who might be interested.

We'll miss you, Art, and wish for you a wonderful retirement -- you've certainly earned it.

4.d.  Have you registered for the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit scheduled June 23 - 26 in Daytona Beach?  We encourage all of you who are committed to advance arts education throughout our state to please participate.

 4.e.  Americans for the Arts will honor two of Florida's arts administrators at its annual conference in Boston at the end of this week:  Michael Spring, the director of the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and Chairman of the Florida Cultural Alliance, will receive the Selina Roberts Ottum Award that recognizes outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field; and Flora Maria Garcia, the President and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida, will receive the Michael Newton Award that recognizes exemplary leadership skills and extraordinary dedication to supporting the arts through a united arts fund.  Congratulations to you both. 
4.f.  Please join or renew your Florida Cultural Alliance membership when you receive your invoice.  As you know, FCA's statewide work is totally dependent upon annual membership dues.  You and your organization make our work possible.  Thank you for your support and follow through.

4.g.  Other issues or news from you?

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Number 5
Mark Your Calendars for Future
FCA Statewide Calls

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

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

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