Hillsborough County arts and culture advocates should speak up in our state Capitol on January 24 for Arts & Culture Day 2018!

Hillsborough County has a legislator, Senator Bill Galvano, who serves on the Florida Senate Transportation, Tourism, & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee. This subcommittee in the Senate deals with the appropriation recommendations needed to fund DCA grants in our county. He needs to see and hear from us who live and work in Hillsborough County. That means YOU!

 Here are some reasons why YOU should participate in Arts & Culture Day 2018 in Tallahassee:

1. Show up and remind our state policy makers that we need their support to advance Arts, Arts Education, & Culture: State-appropriation investments were fully restored in FY 2014-2015 for all Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants; however, Florida's investment in these DCA grants' programs have been reduced over the last three years as the demand for them has increased.

2. Learn the status of legislative funding and other bills that impact arts, arts education, and culture and the strategies needed for the success of our community.

3. Meet with your legislators and their staff members to remind them that their support of Florida's arts, arts education, and culture investments have substantial return on investment back to local and state government treasuries (9 to 1); preserve and create jobs; expand tourism; revitalize downtowns and communities; diversify and build local and state economies; strengthen global global commerce; improve student achievement and graduation rates; prevent crime; attract and retain businesses; and enhance our quality of life.

4. Celebrate and thank legislative leaders who will receive Legislative Star Awards for their support of arts, arts education, and culture in our state. 

The BEST way to prepare for Arts & Culture Day 2018 is by getting informed! The Hillsborough County Arts Council partnered with Americans for the Arts over the past two years to complete Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5), the most comprehensive study of the impact of the nonprofit cultural sector ever conducted. This study outlines the true value in terms of dollars and sense. Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts, explains all of this research and data in depth in our new original program: Art Perspectives. 

To watch Randy Cohen's message click here or watch it on Spectrum 635 or Frontier FiOS 32 on the dates below:

Saturday, January 20th at 10:00 PM
Sunday, January 21st at 9:00 AM, 4:00 PM and 10:30 PM
Monday, January 22nd at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 23rd at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, January 24th at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM

After watching this program, you'll have a better sense of the economic impact of the arts on our community and will be able to show legislators that the arts mean business!

Arts & Culture Day 2018's activities and meetings are in partnership with the Florida Cultural Alliance, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and its support group Citizens for Florida Arts.

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 To register for Arts & Culture Day 2018 click here.