Florida Council on Arts and Culture
Meeting Minutes

May 26, 2011
Teleconference

In Attendance

Florida Council on Arts and Culture Department Staff
  • Katharine Dickenson, Chairman
  • Lois Benson
  • Dr. Susan Baldino
  • Tim Deratany
  • Susan Goldman
  • Dr. Barbara Hubbard
  • Robert Judd
  • Glenn Lochrie
  • Margot Knight
  • Kathryn Townsend
  • Jon Ward
  • Sandy Shaughnessy, Director
  • Rachelle Ashmore
  • Don Blancett
  • Laura Blischke
  • Megan Burke
  • Lindsay Carlson
  • Jennifer Hoesing
  • Lee Modica
  • Dr. Gaylen Phillips
  • Alissa Slade
  • Sarah Stage
  • Patty Warren

I. Call to Order

Chairman Katharine Dickenson called the teleconference meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.

II. Introduction of Council, Staff and Guests

Ms. Dickenson asked the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and department staff to introduce themselves. Bob Radock of Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Jody Leshinsky of Broward County Cultural Affairs Council, Karen Peterson of Karen Peterson and Dancers, and Donna McBride of David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts were in attendance.

III. Adoption of Agenda

Ms. Goldman moved approval of the agenda with Dr. Baldino seconding. The motion carried.

IV. Chairman's Comments

Ms. Dickenson welcomed the new members. The Council has a long history of defending the arts, working together, and forging friendships. She announced that Tim Deratany will be filling the office of Vice Chairman, and thanked Janeen Mason for her service as a council member and Vice Chair. Ms. Dickenson encouraged members to urge the field to apply for grants to show the Legislature the demand. The application deadline is June 1. Ms. Dickenson thanked the Legislature who have demonstrated enormous support for the arts throughout Florida and the grant program.

V. Legislative Update

Patty Warren thanked the legislators who were particularly supportive of the Division and funding for the arts: Representative Mike Horner, Representative Lori Berman, Senator Gwen Margolis, Senator Don Gaetz, Representative Lake Ray, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and House Speaker Dean Cannon.

Ms. Warren reported that the Legislature has recommended $2 million for General Program Support Grants and $500,000 for Specific Cultural Projects. This funding is subject to veto, and the Secretary of State has communicated his support of the funding to the Governor. Lists of the grants that would be funded with the $2.5 million have been provided to the Governor at his request. The Appropriation bill must be acted upon by the Governor by June 1. This budget provides for a total of $5,173,240 (approximately $2.1 million for the Museum of Florida History and approximately $3 million for Cultural Affairs). This amount includes the $2.5 million for grants but does not include line items totaling $500,000. While the legislature provides for over $1 million in spending authority for the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Division has not yet received the finalized grant award amount. Due to decreased NEA funding from Congress, the Division expects to receive less than last year's award of $937, 600.

Ms. Warren reported that there was no other legislation affecting the Division that made it out of committee, including all bills dealing with the Art in State Buildings Program, bills dealing with performing arts centers funding from sales taxes, donor exemptions, and attempts to include fine arts participation in schools.

VI. Business Items

A. 2011-2012 State Touring Program Presenter Recommendations

Dr. Phillips presented the State Touring Program Presenter requests from across the state of Florida, mostly from schools, to present artists that are featured on our State Touring Program Roster. The Division received 71 applications from 33 counties, 15 of which are categorized as under-populated counties. Neither the Governor nor the Legislature recommended funding for this program, so the Division is proposing using funds from the NEA to fund this program, should they become available. Should all of these requests be funded, there will be a direct impact of nearly 94,000 individuals across the state, most of which are school age children. The State Touring Program Presenter requests are listed below.

2011-2012
State Touring Program Presenter Applications

* Counties with populations of 75,000 or less.

App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3701 School Board of Alachua County Alachua Music - Chris Kahl $100.00
12-3702 Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art Alachua Music - Chris Kahl $125.00
County Total $225.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3703 Broward County School Board Broward Dance - Momentum $1,100.00
12-3704 Broward County School Board Broward Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $3,333.00
12-3705 Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Inc. Broward Dance - Momentum $433.00
12-3706 Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Inc. Broward Theatre - ACT for Youth $225.00
12-3707 Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Inc. Broward Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $667.00
County Total $5,758.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3708 Charlotte County School Board Charlotte Theatre - Eckerd Theatre $4,800.00
12-3709 Gator Wilderness Camp School Charlotte Music - Chris Kahl $200.00
12-3710 Charlotte County School Board Charlotte Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $1,000.00
County Total $6,000.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3711 United Arts Council of Collier County, Inc. Collier Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $600.00
County Total $600.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3712 Community Concerts of Lake City, Inc. Columbia * Music - Jacksonville Symphony $13,333.00
12-3719 Live Oak Music & Arts Foundation, Inc Columbia * Music - Tammerlin $3,000.00
County Total $16,333.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3713 School District of DeSoto County De Soto * Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $4,000.00
12-3714 School District of DeSoto County De Soto * Theatre - Eckerd Theatre $5,000.00
12-3715 School District of DeSoto County De Soto * Theatre - Florida Studio Theatre $3,600.00
12-3716 School District of DeSoto County De Soto * Music - Caribbean Sound $7,000.00
County Total $19,600.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3717 Friday Musicale, Inc. Duval Music - Stephen Robinson $750.00
12-3718 Beaches Fine Arts Series, Inc. Duval Theatre - Kuniko Yamamoto $967.00
12-3720 Theatreworks, Incorporated Duval Theatre - ACT for Youth $1,600.00
12-3721 Theatreworks, Incorporated Duval Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $1,000.00
12-3722 Theatreworks, Incorporated Duval Theatre - Eckerd Theatre $2,616.00
County Total $6,933.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3723 Palm Coast Art Foundation Flagler Music - Jacksonville Symphony $8,333.00
12-3724 Flagler Auditorium Governing Board, Inc. Flagler Dance - Dance Alive $2,667.00
County Total $11,000.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3725 Glades County School Board Glades * Music - CORE Ensemble $10,000.00
County Total $10,000.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3726 Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, Inc. Gulf * Theatre - Florida Studio $2,400.00
12-3727 Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, Inc. Gulf * Theatre - Florida Studio $1,600.00
12-3728 Gulf County School Board Gulf * Theatre - Eckerd Theatre $1,066.00
County Total $5,066.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3729 Hardee County School Board Hardee * Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $1,400.00
12-3730 Hardee County School Board Hardee * Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $1,400.00
County Total $2,800.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3732 Friends of the Library of Tampa Hillsborough Theatre - ACT for Youth $2,083.00
County Total $2,083.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3733 Holmes County Public Library Holmes * Theatre - Kuniko Yamamoto $667.00
12-3734 Holmes County Public Library Holmes * Theatre - ACT for Youth $833.00
County Total $1,500.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3735 Indian River County School Board Indian River Music - Chris Kahl $175.00
County Total $175.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3736 Chipola College Jackson * Dance - Dance Alive $5,000.00
County Total $5,000.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3737 Lee County School Board Lee Music - Chris Kahl $200.00
County Total $200.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3738 College of Central Florida Levy * Music - Donna Wissinger $9,600.00
County Total $9,600.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3739 North Florida Community College Madison * Dance - Dance Alive $5,000.00
12-3740 North Florida Community College Madison * Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $3,133.00
County Total $8,133.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3741 Marion Players, Inc. Marion Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $3,333.00
County Total $3,333.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3742 Arts Council, Inc. Martin Music - St. Johns River City Band $933.00
County Total $933.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3743 Friends of the Key Largo Library, Inc. Monroe Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $300.00
County Total $300.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3744 Nassau County School Board Nassau * Music - Chris Kahl $700.00
12-3745 Amelia Arts Academy, Inc. Nassau * Theatre - ACT for Youth $416.00
County Total $1,116.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3773 First United Methodist Church/School Osceola Music - Chris Kahl $175.00
County Total $175.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3746 Lake Worth Playhouse, Inc. Palm Beach Theatre - ACT for Youth $1,250.00
12-3747 Palm Beach County School Board Palm Beach Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $833.00
12-3748 City of Boca Raton Palm Beach Music - Davis and Dow $600.00
12-3749 City of Boca Raton Palm Beach Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $1,166.00
12-3750 City of Boca Raton Palm Beach Theatre - ACT for Youth $225.00
12-3772 City of Boca Raton Palm Beach Dance - Clarita Filgueiras $1,333.00
County Total $5,407.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3751 City of Tarpon Springs Pinellas Theatre - Fantasy Theatre Factory $700.00
12-3752 City of Tarpon Springs Pinellas Music - Caribbean Sound $1,333.00
County Total $2,033.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3753 Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc. Polk Music - Ayako Yonetani $533.00
12-3754 Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc. Polk Music - St. Johns River City Band $933.00
County Total $1,466.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3755 Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Inc. Putnam * Music - Tammerlin $2,534.00
12-3756 Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Inc. Putnam * Theatre - Florida Studio $3,800.00
12-3757 Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Inc. Putnam * Music - Donna Wissinger $4,000.00
12-3758 Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Inc. Putnam * Music - Caribbean Sound $3,000.00
12-3759 Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Inc. Putnam * Music - "Mrs. Kate" Carpenter $2,000.00
12-3760 St. Johns River State College Putnam * Music - Ayako Yonetani $934.00
12-3761 St. Johns River State College Putnam * Music - Helton-Thomas $800.00
12-3762 St. Johns River State College Putnam * Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $1,667.00
County Total $18,735.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3763 Indian River State College St. Lucie Dance - Dance Now Ensemble $2,333.00
County Total $2,333.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3764 Sarasota County School Board Sarasota Music - Chris Kahl $200.00
County Total $200.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3766 Young Performing Artists Corporation Sumter Music - Caribbean Sound $1,000.00
12-3767 Young Performing Artists Corporation Sumter Theatre - Bits 'N Pieces Puppet $1,667.00
County Total $2,667.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3768 Advent Christian Village, Inc. Suwannee * Music - Stephen Robinson $1,933.00
12-3769 Advent Christian Village, Inc. Suwannee * Music - Caribbean Sound $2,667.00
County Total $4,600.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3770 Taylor County Public Library Taylor * Theatre - ACT for Youth $416.00
County Total $416.00
App # Presenter County Artist Request
12-3771 Florida Chautauqua, Inc. Walton * Theatre - Eckerd Theatre $1,466.00
County Total $1,466.00

GRAND TOTAL: $156,186

B. NEA Initiatives

Don Blancett presented 6 projects that address the central mission of the NEA and are tied to the Division's approved NEA grant application. All of these projects are constituency based and monitored by Division staff and adhere to the goals outline in the Division's strategic plan, Culture Builds Florida's Future. Because the Division has not received the official award amount from the NEA, the projects are listed with funding "up to" designated amounts.

The following 6 projects are presented for approval:

Grant Request: Up to $12,000 pending available funds
Organization: Florida Association of Museums Foundation
Project Title:
Mentorship Program and Professional Development

Grant Request: Up to $30,000 pending available funds
Organization: Florida State University
Project Title:
Artism Ensemble

Grant Request: Up to $54,000 pending available funds
Organization: Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Project Title: Creative Capital Foundation Workshops
Grant Request: Up to $20,000 pending available funds
Organization: VSA Florida
Project Title: Cultural Access Coordinator

Grant Request: Up to $33,420 pending available funds
Organization: Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc.
Project Title: The Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities Project

Grant Request: Up to $37,500 pending available funds
Organization: Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE)
Project Title: Arts Integration Florida

Dr. Hubbard moved that the list of projects be sent to the Secretary of State for approval with Ms. Benson seconding. The motion passed.

VII. Open Council Discussion

Dr. Hubbard requested that the final budget be emailed to the Council when it becomes available along with line items that are approved and vetoed.

Ms. Knight expressed her concern that the Council policy regarding communication with the Chair may be in violation of the Sunshine Law. Staff will review the policy with the Department of State's attorney and make sure that the policy is in compliance with the Sunshine Law.

Ms. Knight suggested that in the future, the Council should look at a state funding redistribution strategy to stabilize and revitalize the state arts council and help find champions among the legislators. Ms. Dickenson requested that this be added to the November agenda if the Secretary of State is in agreement.

VIII. Public Comment

None.

IX. Conclusion

With no further public comment, the meeting concluded at 9:41 a.m.

Katharine Dickenson, Chairman

Dr. Barbara Hubbard, Secretary

Sandy Shaughnessy, Director

Date minutes approved