Time and Location of Informational Meeting: The informational rally is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the Art Gallery on the 22nd Floor of the Capitol in Tallahassee. There are only a couple of elevators that go to the 22nd floor of the Capitol; so, please allow yourself plenty of time to get through security and to the 22nd floor on time for the 10:30 a.m. informational meeting.
Time to Meet With Your Legislators and/or Their Legislative Assistants: Depending upon when you arrive and stay in Tallahassee, schedule your meetings with your legislators and their staff members in ADVANCE. Just make sure you do not schedule your meetings during the informational rally from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the 22nd floor of the Capitol. It's important you attend this informational meeting to receive updates. Access contact information for your legislatorshere.
Why You and Others Should Attend:
1. Demonstrate Support for Arts, Arts Education, & Culture: State support for arts and culture was fully restored to fund FY 2014-2015 Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants, and three of the four DCA grants-funding categories were fully funded in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, except the Cultural and Museum Grants Category. We must work to restore full funding again for the Cultural and Museum Grants Category and all the DCA appropriations needed to fully fund the 638 qualified 2017-2018 DCA grants. We also must demonstrate that these are wise state investments with substantial returns, both quanitative and qualitative. It's our once-a-year time to unite arts and culture advocates from throughout Florida and step up and share our unified voices in Tallahassee with legislators and their staff members. It's a reminder to them that arts, arts education, and culture are part of the solution and matter to Floridians and tourists.
2.Learn the Latest Status of Legislative Issues that Impact Arts, Arts Education, and Culture and the Strategies Needed for Success During Your Stay in Tallahassee: During the informational rally from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the 22nd floor of the Capitol, learn from experts about the status of legislative bills and funding that impact our industry and what strategies are needed to achieve our 2017 goals.
3.Network with your colleagues and friends from throughout Florida.
4.Meet with your legislators and their staff members to remind them that their support of Florida's arts, arts education, and culture investments preserve and create jobs, expand tourism, revitalize downtowns and communities, diversify and build local and state economies, strengthen global commerce, improve student achievement, prevent crime, and enhance our quality of life.
5. Celebrate legislative leaders who will receive Legislative Star Awards for their support of arts, arts education, and culture in our state.
Informational Rally Agenda: The agenda for this informational rally is being finalized and will be posted soon.
Reserve Your Hotel Room Now:
Quality Inn and Suites 3090 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Group Rate: $60.74 per night, which includes taxes.
Reserve your room by calling or e-mailing hotel -- make sure you tell them you're with the Florida Cultural Alliance Group to secure this special rate.
Parking in Tallahassee:Click here for parking map.Give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot; get through Capitol Security; and get to the 22nd floor of the Capitol.
2017 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture: Accesshere. Make a few copies of this document to bring with you to Tallahassee to leave with your legislators, along with your business card. County-by-County List of Qualified 2017-2018 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs' (DCA) Grant Applicants -- bring a few copies of just the page or pages of this document that list the qualified 2017-2018 DCA applicants for your county with you to Tallahassee. You can access this document here.
Just the Facts You Can Use-- access here. REGISTER for Arts & Culture Day:It's easy and quick -- just register here. Updates About Arts & Culture Day and Other Advocacy Days: Once you register, you'll be placed on an e-mail list to receive updated information about Arts & Culture Day and legislative issues that need your attention and action.
Thank you for participating and sharing your voice for arts & culture.