"All Politics is Local"

A Step-by-Step Guide to Talking with Your Legislators

1. Contact Your Legislator Where They Live.

2. Schedule a meeting with your Legislator or legislative aide in your district.

3. Notify Pat Williams at  patwilliams@fundthealist.org or

772.678.9828  to let her know when the meeting is to help prepare.

4. Materials for the Meeting: Download ADVOCACY TOOLS available below.

  • FTAL Playbook
  • Brief for Legislators
  • More detailed Letter for Legislators

5. Send a thank you letter to legislator.

6. Finally and most importantly we would like FEEDBACK: Follow up with Pat Williams at patwilliams@fundthealist.org or call 772.678.9828  to let her know how the meeting went and if any follow up is needed.  



The FUND THE A LIST campaign calls for the Florida legislature to fully fund the essential arts and cultural programs formally reviewed, vetted, and approved by the process established by the Florida Department of State, the Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Sample thank you letter

FUND THE A LIST Advocacy Tools

FUND THE A LIST Playbook (pdf)

Download

Brief For Legislators (pdf)

Download

Letter for Legislators (pdf)

Download

Download FUND THE A LIST Logo

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Important Dates

INTERIM COMMITTEE MEETINGS

These meetings take place in Tallahassee.


Details as they become available.

December 11* – 14, 2018
January 7 – 11, 2019
January 22* – 25, 2019 
February 4 – 8, 2019
February 11 – 15, 2019
February 19* – 22, 2019

*Meetings begin on Tuesday due to Monday holidays

LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETINGS

Meetings scheduled to date:


Thursday Nov 15, 2018 

9:00AM

Legislative Delegation: Palm Beach County 

West Palm Beach  9:00AM-12:00PM  

         

Monday Nov 26, 2018   

5:00PM

Legislative Delegation: Duval County

N/A   5:00PM-N/A      


Friday Nov 30, 2018       

9:00AM

Legislative Delegation: Collier County

Naples  9:00AM-N/A     


Thursday Dec 6, 2018    

9:00AM

Legislative Delegation: Charlotte County

Punta Gorda  9:00AM-12:00PM 

        

Legislative Delegation: Palm Beach County

Boynton Beach  9:00AM-12:00PM 

           

1:00PM

Legislative Delegation: Marion County

Ocala   1:00PM-N/A 

     

Friday Dec 7, 2018          

9:00AM

Legislative Delegation: St. Johns County

St Augustine  9:00AM-12:00PM      

   

Monday Dec 10, 2018    

9:00AM

Legislative Delegation: Duval County

Jacksonville  9:00AM-12:00PM 

           

Thursday Jan 17, 2019   

12:00PM             

Legislative Delegation: Palm Beach County  

Jupiter  12:45PM-5:15PM

            

Monday Jan 28, 2019      

2:00PM

Legislative Delegation: Palm Beach County 

Belle Glade  2:00PM-5:00PM 

Sample Thank You Letter



Dear (Representative/Senator), 


Many thanks for taking your valuable time to speak with me about the importance of the arts in our community. The Cultural and Museum Support Grants, Cultural Facilities Grants, Culture Builds Florida Grants, and Cultural Endowment Program are a vital resource in providing our local community with access to the cultural arts. 


The positive economic impact these programs provide to our State is substantial. Here are some quick facts about the economic importance of the arts: 

• Every $1 invested in arts and culture returns $9 to the local economy.

• Florida is home to 58,162 arts-related businesses that employ 227,843 people. 

• Cultural Interest is #2 driver for out-of-state and in-state tourists. 

• Over 69.9 million Floridians and tourists participate in arts and culture activities. 


The “Fund the A List” initiative would appreciate any assistance in ensuring the full appropriation of these four grant programs. 


Please feel free to contact me if I may be of further assistance, or you have any questions at (insert contact). 


Once again, thank you very much for your valuable support. 


Yours sincerely,

(Insert Name)