2020 Collegiate Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Exciting news! FMEA has once again facilitated the drafting and filing of the Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program legislation, Senate Bill 1740 by Florida State Senator Darryl Rouson, and its identical companion bill in the house, House Bill 1375 by Representative Ben Diamond.
This legislation would recognize high school graduates who have met exemplary benchmarks in fine arts coursework with a seal on their diploma. Both bills require completion of three (3) year-long courses in sequential fine arts courses with a grade of “A” in each course. The legislation also requires meeting at least two of the following five requirements:
We will keep you posted and will be calling on our members to help advocate for the passage of the Senate and House versions of the legislation during the March-April 2021 Legislative Session.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has awarded FMEA the 2019 Excellence in Advocacy Award in recognition of their efforts advocating for music education. FMEA President Dr. Steven Kelly, Executive Director Dr. Kathleen D. Sanz, Immediate Past-President Dr. Kenneth Williams, President-Elect Dr. Shelby Chipman, Past President Dr. John Southall, Government Relations/Advocacy Chair Jeanne Reynolds, and FMEA Collegiates accepted the award during NAfME's June 19 Hill Day activities.
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60-Second Advocacy - Episode 1: Legislative session opening - Fine Arts Seal
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 2: Finding and contacting your elected officials
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 3: What to say when you call your elected officials
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 4: Help pass the Seal of Fine Arts for graduating seniors
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 5: Collegiate Advocacy Week