A Bit of History

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The Hub

MCA is located in the heart of historic downtown Ocala, Florida. Long before it became the Center for the Arts, it was known as The Hub.

The building built in 1953 was originally a clothing store. It was owned and operated by Robert “Bob” Leibowitz and had been serving local customers since 1935.

Photo credit — Thanks to Kent Sperring for sharing the old photo with us.

Not sure about this copy below, but didn’t want to lose it just yet. I’ve gone through a few iterations.

So why MCA? Our mission is support ART and culture in our community. Our goal is to reach out to

  • ARTists— We offer grants to help fund opportunities for you to develop your talent.We provide opportunities to exhibit your art in our gallery,expand your craft and connect with fellow ARTists!
  • Patrons – Our gallery has exhibits that are new every monthy.Looking for a gift? Come to The Brick where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.Do you need an artist for a mural or painting, you name it, visit our directory of artists to find the one to provide you with what you need.
  • Get Involved! We are always excited for those who want to pARTner with us to enable us to discover more ARTists or offer more venues for the wonderful and growing community of Marion County.

Have an event or meeting coming up? Consider the delightful atmosphere of The Brick as a venue for your next event.

We believe

  • ART is fun.
  • ART is a beautiful expression of what is inside of each one of us.
  • ART should have a platform to be explored, expressed and shared.
  • Art is much more than pretty pictures.
  • Art brings joy, to those who create and to those who appreciate.


10am - 5pm

Free entry

Getting here

Gift shop

on Monday