EARLY VOTING HAS BEGUN 

August 8 – 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vote By Mail: First mailing of domestic ballots went out July 21. Voted ballots must be in the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. August 23. 

Election Day: August 23, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Upcoming:

August 19- County Commission Candidate Forum

Tampa Tiger Bay Club is hosting August 19: County Commission Candidate Forum Featuring:
District 1 – Harry Cohen, Scott Levinson
District 2 – Angela Birdsong
District 4 – Noelle Licor
District 5 – Donna Lynn Cameron-Cepeda, Mariella Smith
District 7 – Chase Harrison, Kimberly Overman, Joshua Wostal
All candidates from Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 have been invited to participate.

Register here. Only members are allowed to ask questions.
What arts questions do you have for the candidates? Email

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August 3- Arts Education Discussion at Tampa Museum of Art

Arts & Music education in our schools matters. We appreciate all who came out to participate in this informative and meaningful discussion.
Let’s keep the conversation going. More info here

Wednesday, August 3rd at the Tampa Museum of Art we held a discussion about arts education in our schools. We were be joined by Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools, Addison Davis. The Superintendent answered questions about the state of our schools in general, how to insure equity in opportunities across the county, how the half penny tax is being spent, how will “Strong Schools, Stronger Hillsborough” millage referendum money be used if it passes, what happens to arts education if the referendum doesn’t pass, advocacy at a state level and more. 

Additionally, we heard from local program leaders focused on supporting art and music education in our schools. Tad Denham Gasparilla Music Festival’s Recycled Tunes program, and Celeste Davis of  Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & Arts on our  collaboration to bring more awareness to Arts for a Complete Education (ACE).

Thank you to Tampa Museum of Art for hosting and providing the perfect environment for the evening. 

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July 15- Florida Legislative Candidate Forum

On July 15th Tampa Tiger Bay Club invited all  Legislative Candidates to a special panel to discuss their platforms, the issues important to them, and answer the burning questions of Tiger Bay Club Members. Attending candidates were Jay Collins of District 14, Wendy “Newt” Newton, Jesse Phillipe, and Michele Rayner of District 62, Jake Hoffman and Michael Minardi of District 65, and Andrew Learned of District 69.

The Alliance was present to ask the following question:

Americans for the Arts-Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report showed that Florida’s non-profit arts organizations create over a billion dollars in economic impact on the state. If you include their audiences, there is over 3 billion dollars in impact. *

The Florida Division of Arts and Culture this year granted more than double what was given last year (Which is great!) However each year the total number can fluctuate wildly. Since 2018, the amount of money granted statewide has been as low as $2,650,000 (out of $54m requested) in 2018 or as high as $59,087,825 (out of $69m requested) this year. How do you propose to offer some stability to art organizations who rely on this state’s support each year?


https://tigerbay.tbae.net/ 
Candidates answer at minute 18:43 and minute 43:17

  

*sources: https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2017/by_program/reports_and_data/aep5/map/FL_StateOfFlorida_AEP5_OnePageSummary.pdf 
https://dos.myflorida.com/cultural/grants/grant-resources/grant-awards-recommendations