COCA stands with Black Lives Matter, protesters, artists of color and allies who are speaking out to change inequitable and racist systems.
*Facilitate on-going, organizational and community-wide conversations about race, class, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and income status as these issues relate to our arts community.
*Continue to examine our grant and public art practices and policies to ensure under-invested and under-represented communities can compete equitably for exhibitions, grants and other financial opportunities.
*Feature artists and organizations in our community that facilitate equity and those who are equity champions.
*The ability to express, celebrate and champion cultural tradition and heritage is elemental to honest civic discourse and the well-being of our community.
*Artists and cultural creators have a unique role in challenging inequity and imagining new and more just realities.
*The health of our future cultural community in Tallahassee and Leon County is contingent on inclusionary practices that move towards cultural plurality.
*Inequity is pervasive and historic. Disparities and discrimination are daily occurrences that are rooted in long-standing majority privilege and power inside and outside of the cultural arts.
Equity moves past inclusion and representation; accepting that power has created uneven starting points for some communities and individuals. Simple diverse representation does not dismantle the unequal nature of voice, resource allocation and visibility that exist in the arts and cultural ecosystem.
The arts hold transformative power. They offer an instrument to amplify under-represented voices and open a dialog for meaningful change. We are listening. We see the outpouring of grief and pain. We hold ourselves accountable to be better and do more. This is a start, but there is more work to do to make sure we continue to learn and improve.
Please visit our website here to see COCA’s Statement on Cultural Equity.
Resources are added to this listing periodically.
Most recent update: 1-19-2021
-Presidential Transition Team
Information about the Presidential Transition Team, including the Arts and Humanities Agency Review Team, can be found here.
Florida Senate Committee Assignments
The Senate has been filling seats on their committees. The complete directory of committees can be found at this link. The committees that are critical to our success are listed below. If your senator is on one of these lists, your advocacy will be especially important.
Some committees of critical importance to the success of arts and culture: Appropriations, Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
Register here for the December 28, 10AM EST Statewide Call (feat. 2021 Advocacy Campaign)
Florida Arts and Cultural Non-Profit Sector 2021 Legislative Platform
Click here to see the Arts and Cultural Non-Profit Sector 2021 Legislative Platform
Matching Funds Available for Bipoc Artists – CHF has matching funds for up to 50 visual artists from BIPOC or underserved communities to attend our online Virtualize Your Art Career Conference October 19-30.
Initiatives to support
The Movement 850 – Instagram
Brown Girls Doc Mafia is an initiative advocating for over 3,300 women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry around the world.
Disclaimer: COCA does not endorse any artists, organizations, or programs listed herein, nor imply stature through their inclusion in this website. While we have made every effort to ensure that this information is correct, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information.