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Welcome to MCA

Jaye Sterchi Baillie, APR
Executive Director

Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), a nonprofit, 501(c)3 was established in 2001, with its inaugural effort, the Horse Fever public art project. MCA’s mission is to champion, convene, and create opportunities for artists and arts organizations.

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Art Exhibits

August Exhibit


FREE Workshops Celebrating Art of Aging

Select Wednesdays in August

Yoga in the Gallery

Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m.

MCA’s 15th Annual Applaud the Arts!

Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

Open Calls for Artists

Visit mcaocala.org/calls-to-artists for more information!



MCA Cultural Grants


4 Friends Grant


Korzenny Grant

Photo Credit: Mercedes Jelinek
Photo Credit: Mercedes Jelinek

Megan Boone Grants

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We hope to see you this Wednesday starting at 11:30am for the Lunch and Learn Workshop! Learn how to manage your stress. Amy Roberts, LCSW will guide you on how to cope with stress. There will be a fun watercolor activity and lunch will be provided! 

Don't miss this wonderful workshop! Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/390818607977

#mca4art #marioncountyfl #ocala #stressmanagement #stressmanagementtips #workshop
Join us in wishing our chairman of the board, @lmidg , a very happy birthday today! Thank you for all you do to support the arts in Ocala/Marion County! We hope your day is filled with joy. ❤ #mca4art
Art of Aging: The Secret of Life is now on display through August 27 only #atTheBrick! 😍

This annual exhibit features 68 artworks in various mediums created by MCA artists ages 55+. Come and see us during gallery hours! And visit mcaocala.org for a list of exhibit events & happenings. ❤️ 

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Art of Aging opens tonight at 5pm! We hope to see you there! 

#mca4art #ocala #ocalaflorida #ocalaevents #newexhibition #newexhibit #artofaging
Don't forget to RSVP for Wednesday's free lunch and learn! Join Amy Roberts, LCSW as she discusses how you can use mindful art and meditation to manage your stress. There will be a fun watercolor activity and lunch will be provided!

You can RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/390818607977 (Link in bio)

#mca4art #workshop #ArtofAging #communityevent #ocalafl #ocalamarion  #stressmanagement #stressmanagementtips #workshop
Join us in wishing MCA board member, Jessica McCune, a very happy birthday today! Thank you for your commitment to our community. We hope your day is full of light and joy. ❤ #mca4art
📣Opportunity for Artists & Makers!📣
As a local creative, there are TWO ways you can be a part of this exciting community event:
1. Donate artwork(s) to our Art Auction! Your donation will support our active efforts to raise funds and awareness for Pace Center for Girls of Marion County, with proceeds from the sale helping their organization.
2. Be a part of the Artists’ Market! Set up shop at the Frank DeLuca Grand Lobby, where local artists and makers will be selling their original creations. A nominal fee for participation helps us to cover our costs and increases our donation to Pace.

Some Important Guidelines for Participating Artists:
* Artists may donate work in any medium, as long as the piece is on theme with the show’s message, imagery, and/or spirit.
* Artwork(s) donated are to be auctioned to the highest bidder on the evening of the show.
* Donors will receive a Facebook shout-out with a link to their social media platform or website of choice for their gracious donation!
* Artists and makers working in all mediums are welcome and invited to join! We are looking for market participants with art/creations that on theme with the show’s message, imagery, and/or spirit. All art or craft must be handmade or original items by the artist.
* The fee to participate in the Artists’ Market is $20. This Includes one (1) six-foot table, two (2) chairs, one (1) plain black tablecloth, and Facebook shout-out with a link to your social media platform or website of choice.

Deadline for participation notice is August 12, 2022 by 10pm.

Questions? Please contact sydney@insomniactheatre.org for more information, and read the full Call to Artists by clicking the link! https://files.constantcontact.com/2b165e59001/3fb9a767-8534-406a-b97a-49ddcf287a7d.pdf
We invite emerging and seasoned artists to participate in our fourth annual fine art exhibit and competition featuring the ‘best of the best’ of Ocala. This year’s prompt is “Through the Looking Glass”, in celebration of our 15th annual Applaud the Arts; A Whimsical Wonderland! MCA’s annual celebration of local arts organizations and community art leaders with MCA cultural grants and arts awards. You must be an MCA Artist Member to enter (Anyone can join online at mcaocala.org/membership, annual membership is $30 per year) We invite and encourage artists of all levels, ages 16+ working in any media to submit their work. All entries are to be submitted digitally to https://mca4best.artcall.org/ no later than midnight on Sunday, September 25, 2022. 

For more details, visit https://mcaocala.org/calls-to-artists/ 
#mca4art #ocala #ocalaflorida #bestofbest #artcompetition
Join us the next 3 Wednesdays for Lunch and Learn! 

Marion Senior Services in partnership with Marion Cultural Alliance, presents the Gifts of Aging Series.

During the month long Art of Aging: The Secret of Life exhibit at Brick City Center for the Arts (23 SW Broadway St), MCA & MSS will host FREE Lunch & Learns to promote healthy aging. The Lunch & Learns will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays (8/10, 8/17 & 8/24) from 11:30 am to 1pm. 

For the list of events and more information on each one, just click the link below and sign up for your favorite one! Contact MCA for questions. #mca4art 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-aging-workshops-free-august-lunch-learns-tickets-390818607977 (Link in bio)

#mca4art #artofaging #ocala #ocalafl #thevillagesfl #seniorcitizenscommunity #workshops #lunchandlearn #marioncountyfl  #stressmanagement #stressmanagementtips #saltintake  #Sodium #importantconversations
Join us Tuesday, August 23 from 10:30am - 12pm for Yoga for Bone Health with Lila Ivey & Jessica McCune in recognition of the August exhibit Art of Aging. Learn 12 simple postures* that have the potential to increase: bone strength, balance and stability, core strength, flexibility, inner calm, and a steady mind. *(based on the research of Loren Fishman, MD, Medical Director Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Please be sure to bring your Yoga mat with you!

Free Class, RSVP Required. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/392884948457 (Link in bio)
Call 352-369-1500 for more information

#mca4art #yogaclass #yogainthegallery #ocalafl #ocala #bonehealth
Join us FRIDAY for our August opening reception along with our partner at Marion Senior Services, as we welcome this year's Art of Aging artists & sponsors. An opening reception will be held at The Brick Gallery on August 5 from 5-7pm with bites from La Casella Catering & libations, plus your chance to meet & mingle with the artists. Special thanks to all our sponsors for their support! ❤ #mca4art #ocalaflorida #ArtofAging #seniorcommunity #marionseniorservices

MCA's The Shop at The Brick is now accepting entries for our Fall Consignment running from October through January 2023. 

If you're a local/regional creative looking to sell your items at Ocala's downtown art hub, we encourage you to submit up to ten (10) items for consideration to be reviewed by our Selection Committee by midnight September 11, 2022.
We are looking to showcase our region’s creative bounty by including fine arts & artisan crafts including but in no means limited to; original paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, artist-made notecards, reproduction prints, textiles, artist-made wearables, home décor items, holiday items, and uniquely Ocala items. Have something else not on this list? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you. 

To submit and read The Shop guidelines, please visit our website at https://mcaocala.org/calls-to-artists/  For specific questions, please email admin@mcaocala.com.

#mca4art #calltoartists #SHOPattheBrick #artgallery #artshop #consignment #artforsale #callforentries #ocala #downtownocala #artcall #summerart #summershop #artist #supportlocalart #artnerd #buyart #localart
It's FRIDAY! Order your grass-fed beef by 5 pm for pick up next Wednesday at the Brick Gallery.  https://mcaocala.org/meat-the-arts/ 

Meat the Arts is a collaboration with Rudnianyn Farms to provide you with grass fed, locally raised beef while providing MCA with much needed funds to continue their mission. 

How does it work? Simply fill out this order form, pay your invoice, and for every pound of ground beef, Rudnianyn Farms will give $1 to the Marion Cultural Alliance!

#mca4art #meatthearts #supportlocal #localfarm #ocalamarion #rudnianynfarms #farmtofork
Join us for our August opening reception along with our partner at Marion Senior Services, as we welcome this year's Art of Aging artists & sponsors. An opening reception will be held at The Brick Gallery next Friday, August 5 from 5-7pm with bites from La Casella Catering & libations, plus your chance to meet & mingle with the artists. Special thanks to all our sponsors for their support! ❤ #mca4art #artofaging2022 #ocalametro
You can have your next event in our gorgeous gallery space serene outdoor courtyard area!
The Brick can accommodate 80 guests inside and 40 in the courtyard. We can seat 70 theater style, and for a seated brunch or dinner between 50-60 at round tables, depending on your setup. Our tables, chairs, linens, and kitchen space are available for you! 

For more information about how to Rent the Brick, visit: https://mcaocala.org/rent-the-brick/ or give us a call today between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 352-369-1500!

#mca4art #atTheBrick #RENTtheBrick #downtownocala #eventspace #eventvenue #ocalaflorida #ocala #ocalafl #artgallery #ocalaevents #arthub #artgalleryevents
And that's a wrap on this year's Art in the Attic #yARTsale! 🎉 Thank you to everyone who donated, shopped, & supported this annual FUNdraising event! We had record-breaking sales, visits and over-all response, all thanks to YOU - our wonderful community! 

As we do each year, leftover items from the sale were donated to Interfaith Emergency Services. ❤️ Huge shoutout and thanks to our wonderful sponsors Neighborhood Storage for their amazing support, and to our staff, volunteers and BOD for all the help. We look forward to seeing everyone next year! And remember, we accept art donations year-round... just give us a call! 😉 #mca4art #ArtintheAttic2022
The Brick Gallery & Shop will be CLOSED this week July 26 - 31. Please excuse us while we get things ready for the new season. For immediate assistance, please contact admin@mcaocala.com or call us at 352-369-1500. See you in August! #atTheBrick
Today is the LAST DAY to submit your artwork for the Art of Aging: The Secret of Life exhibit! 

This art exhibit opportunity is available to MCA Artist members ages 55+ for our annual Art of Aging exhibit, in pARTnership with Marion Senior Services! The Art of Aging is an annual collaborative effort of MSS and MCA that celebrates aging through art, stories, and education., and honors the creative talent of our community’s senior artists. 

This year's prompt is "The Secret of Life" and each artist is encouraged to submit up to two (2) pieces for consideration. We welcome all mediums! Work must be original and not previously exhibited in the gallery. Deadline to submit images and entry form via email is Monday, July 25 at midnight. Visit www.mcaocala.org/calls-to-artists for entry details & to download the entry form. 
#mca4art #ocala #ocalaflorida #ArtofAging #calltoartists #seniorartists #marionseniorservices #floridaartists #seniorcommunity #55andup #artexhibit