Dear Advocates for the Arts,
NOW is a critical moment for action in support of state funding for arts and culture organizations and initiatives. We ask that you rally your friends, family members, colleagues, partners, board members, and constituents and encourage them to let their voices be heard as they proclaim their support of government funding for Florida's arts and cultural sector, which as it stands in the proposed budget have been reduced drastically, even completely dissolved in some instances. Appropriations are more fluid in the state legislation and we are hopeful that your continued support and advocacy efforts will make a difference. But, we need to keep pressing legislators, even up to the last minute. Your calls and emails are crucial!
There are a number of high priority issues that need addressed in the state of Florida, and it is our firm belief that a properly funded arts and cultural sector can be utilized as a channel to address those issues head one.
What Can You Do?
1.) Contact legislative leadership. You can send emails and make phone calls to the Senate and House Leaders. You can find their names, telephone numbers, and email addresses by clicking HERE.
2.) Contact legislative members of the Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (TED) budget conference committee. Focus your communication efforts on the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson listed first on this Excel file, and then those members who represent your county.
3.) Express through your social media platforms that you support local, state, and federal funding for the arts and cultural sector and encourage others to advocate on behalf of a government supported sector.
4.) DON'T assume that your voice won't make an impact or assume that the efforts of others are enough. We need YOU to actively participate in this demonstration of support and remain engaged.
5.) We've also created a way to advocate our City government by simply telling your story. There is a form on our advocacy webpage that allows you to reflect on how our robust arts and culture sector impact your life. Please give your testimonial and ask others to share their personal reflections on what the arts mean to them.
Thank you for ALL your support.
Yours in Advocacy,
Executive Director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Questions? Comments? Submit something for consideration?
Please email Jihan@CulturalCouncil.org