2020 Collegiate Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Like last year, FMEA facilitated the drafting and sponsoring 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. As in 2020, the Senate bill passed through two of its three committees of reference. The House version was, unfortunately, not heard in any of its House committees. The 2021 Legislative Session ended on April 30. While this is disappointing, legislation often takes several years before ultimately passing.
This legislation would have recognized high school graduates who have met exemplary benchmarks in fine arts coursework with a seal on their diploma. Both bills required completion of three (3) year-long courses in sequential fine arts courses with a grade of “A” in each course. The legislation also required meeting at least two of the following five requirements:
Thank you to Senator Darryl Rouson and Representative Ben Diamond for sponsoring these bills and supporting arts education in Florida. And thank you to those FMEA members who contacted the bill sponsors, House and Senate leaders, and relevant committee chairs to advocate for this important legislation.
FMEA is developing strategies to improve the chances of the Florida Seal of Fine Arts passing next year. We will be calling on our members to help advocate for this legislation during the January-March 2022 Florida 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
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 6: Advocating Locally
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 7: Florida Seal of Fine Arts and the ESSER Grants
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 8: Using Social Media to promote your program
60-Second Advocacy - Episode 9: Speaking with Passion and Proof