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4 Friends Emergency Fund for Artists

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The Giving Collection: In Memory of Dick Hancock, Horse Fever Champion

 

Your Chance to Win a Member of the Horse Fever 20/20 Anniversary Collection

 

Tickets $100 | Drawing is Friday, June 4, 2021

 

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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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It has been 20 years since Ocala’s record-breaking public art project and auction, Horse Fever. For five months the public delighted in our herd of 53 horses, many of which still adorn the streets of Ocala. Artists and a generous business community came together to ultimately raise over $1.5 million for the arts and 27 other local charities, founding the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA). We proudly reflect on a 20-year period of growth and consistent support through programming, grants, and scholarships enhancing art and cultural programs across every medium in Ocala/Marion County.

 

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Events

Grants

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MCA Cultural Grants

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4 Friends Grant

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Korzenny Grant

Art Exhibits

NEW: Please enjoy our Virtual Gallery experience! (See below)

Download the Art Steps app to view it from your smartphone or VR headset.

May Exhibit:

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The Art of Aging: Resurgence

A Celebration of Our Seniors in Partnership with Marion Senior Services

June Exhibit:

June Exhibit - Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom, Sponsored by Agapanthus Ocala

A ‘Garden of Art’ Featuring Artworks by MCA Artist Members

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You're invited to our May opening reception this Friday, May 7th from 5 - 6 p.m. #atTheBrick. The Art of Aging: Resurgence exhibit features artwork by 25 senior artists working in all mediums and sizes. All art is available for purchase through the month of May. Special thanks to our annual partners at Marion Senior Services, and to our presenting sponsors Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute & Urology Institute of Central Florida, and our silver sponsors Brookdale Senior Living. #mca4art
The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series continues this Friday, May 7th from 7 - 9 p.m. (right after our May opening reception!) with headliners Sideline and openers Justin Mason and the Blue Nights. Enjoy free live music, food trucks, games, vendors and more at Webb Field every Friday. #musicmoves #mca4art #levittamp
The lovely "Desert Blossom", an original 16" x 20" canvas oil painting by Maureen Simpson, is available for purchase through our gift shop at $200. 🏜️ Come visit today! Open til 5 p.m.

We are open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get your #MothersDay gifts at the MCA Gallery Shop! 🙂

#MCA4Art #SupportLocalArt #ShopAtTheBrick
A key element of MCA’s mission is supporting local arts organizations with direct funding. Cultural grants are an important means to promote excellence in the creative sector and the cornerstone of MCA’s fund raising efforts.

Each spring, MCA announces the release of the Cultural Grant Criteria and Application to the nonprofit arts community. Ocala/Marion County arts nonprofit organizations are awarded grants to enhance, expand, or support their artistic or cultural endeavors. 

Cultural Grants are available for all artistic disciplines, including music, theater, dance, visual arts, cinema, literary arts, folk arts, and photography. Historical and scientific museums may also apply.

Each arts organization approved by the MCA board for funding, will be notified following the August meeting of the Board. Projects may start on September 1 and must conclude by August 31, 2022. The grants are formally awarded with a check presentation at Applaud the Arts, MCA’s annual showcase and celebration of the arts. This year’s event is scheduled for October 10, 2021 at the Ocala Civic Theatre.

To apply, organizations must submit the required contents, electronically, by 5 pm on Friday, July 16, 2021. For more information and to apply, please visit mcaocala.org or contact us at 352-369-1500.
It’s installation week #atTheBrick! Please excuse our mess - we’re getting ready for our new exhibit Art of Aging: Resurgence featuring artwork by senior MCA artists and photography by Ralph Demilio. Join us for the opening reception this Friday, May 7th at 5pm. Our exhibit partners Marion Senior Services will be providing refreshments for our guests thanks to our generous sponsors. Stay tuned for the Lunch & Learn schedule for the month of May. #mca4art #seniorartists #supportlocalart #artexhibit #art #artgallery #seniorart #downtownocala #localart #marionseniorservices #mayexhibit #marionculturalalliance #artinstallation #artgalleryflorida #artofaging #exhibitopening #ourocala #ocalaflorida #centralfloridaart
From original paintings, to handmade jewelry, to cool MCA & Horse Fever merch and pretty little Gift Cards - we've got you covered #atTheBrick! Shop unique Mother's Day gifts in our Gallery Shop and support local art with every purchase. Come and see us in downtown Ocala Tuesday thru Fridays from 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. #atTheBrick #SupportLocalArt #MothersDay2021 #shoplocal #mca4art
"Black, Pink, Gray Weave Flowers", another charming textile piece by Susann Smith, is available in our gift shop #AtTheBrick for $55.50! Come purchase it this week.

We are open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.🙂

#MCA4Art #SupportLocalArt #ShopAtTheBrick #textileart
Have you seen the incredibly vibrant jewelry artwork by Sallie Collins in our gift shop #AtTheBrick yet? 
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This abstract sailboat necklace piece is available for purchase at only $40! Stick (or necklace chain) not included. 😆
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Come in to check it out today. We are open now until 4 p.m.⛵
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📸 Photo by Willow Heatherly (@willajeen)
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#MCA4Art #SHOPatTheBrick #customjewelry #handmadejewelry #abstractjewelry #SupportLocalArt
It's a great day to visit @worldequestriancenter
and buy a chance to win one of these @horsefever2020 beauties! Raffle tics are $100 and the drawing is June 4th! Rules and regs at mcaocala.org visit our booth! #worldequistriancenter #mca4art @horsefever2020 @florida_thoroughbred #publicart
🎨 #ArtoftheDay: “The Kuang Si Falls of Laos” by Joanie Ford, pastels, approx. 11x14”, available for $240.

This piece is part of MCA’s April Exhibit featuring the artwork of Ocala Art Group members. LAST DAY ON VIEW #atTheBrick! 📍 #art #artist #artwork #painting #arte #instaart #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #artsy #gallery #gifts #fineart #artgallery #arts #modernart #artlovers #artcollector #artforsale #contemporaryartist #artcollectors #localart #artgalleries #performingarts #artclasses #eventspace #mca4art
Ed Basso's "Kansas" copper wire tree sculpture is available for purchase at $50 through our gift shop! The stone it sits on is actually from Kansas. 🙂
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#MCA4Art #SupportLocalArt #SHOPatTheBrick #AtTheBrick #coppersculpture #copperwiresculpture
We are ready for this weekends' @festivalsofspeed show at @worldequestriancenter! Grab tickets online now at festivalsofspeed.com! Use code "MCA" at checkout for a special 50% discount! ‼️‼️

Come meet the @horsefever2020 Giving Collection for your chance to win your very own Horse Fever horse! Plus MCA will be hosting a Derby Hat contest, so get creative! This and more TOMORROW, Saturday May 1st from 10am to 4pm at the Festivals of Speed Thoroughbred Derby Weekend at WEC! 👒🐎🏎🎨🎉 #HorseFever #FestivalsofSpeed #worldequestriancenter #mca4art #kentuckyderby #hatcontest #ocalaflorida #horsecapitaloftheworld #derbyhats #speedcars #luxury #festival #outdoorevents #centralfloridaevents #wecocala #paintedhorses #ftboa #marionculturalalliance
🎨 #ArtoftheDay: “Tree Song” by Sue Primeau, watercolor, approx. 15x22”, available for $629.

This piece is part of MCA’s April Exhibit featuring the artwork of Ocala Art Group members. On view #atTheBrick now through May 1st. 📍 #art #artist #artwork #painting #arte #instaart #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #artsy #gallery #gifts #fineart #artgallery #arts #modernart #artlovers #artcollector #artforsale #contemporaryartist #artcollectors #localart #artgalleries #performingarts #artclasses #eventspace #mca4art
These stunning, 24 karat sterling silver earrings by Denny Machette Pizarro can be found in our jewelry case #AtTheBrick! They are available for purchase at $45. 
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While small, these earrings showcase an incredible array of color, and their appearance can vary based on the light and angle they are viewed at. You too can create a similar design by signing up for our upcoming #jewelrymaking workshop with Denny on May 15! Details at mcaocala.org.
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Come see them and other Pizarro designs for yourself in our gift shop today! We are open until 5 p.m.😄
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📸Photo by Willow Heatherly (@willajeen)
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#MCA4Art #SHOPatTheBrick #customjewelry #handmadejewelry
🎨 #ArtoftheDay: “A Day at the Faire” by Lisa Russo, oil, approx. 24x36”, available for $3500.

This piece is part of MCA’s April Exhibit featuring the artwork of Ocala Art Group members. On view #atTheBrick now through May 1st. 📍 #art #artist #artwork #painting #arte #instaart #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #artsy #gallery #gifts #fineart #artgallery #arts #modernart #artlovers #artcollector #artforsale #contemporaryartist #artcollectors #localart #artgalleries #performingarts #artclasses #eventspace #mca4art