16th Annual Applaud the Arts | October 14, 2023

16th Annual Applaud the Arts

Soirée de Lumière


Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 7 – 10 p.m.

at the Appleton Museum of Art







For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director by clicking here, or call (352) 369-1500






About Applaud the Arts


MCA annually presents Applaud the Arts, Ocala’s largest gathering of artists, arts organizations, MCA members, and the business community. This signature event kicks off the cultural season in Ocala with the announcement of arts awards, cultural grants recipients and is always set in one of our favorite cultural venues. Following the brief program, guests enjoy tapas, libations, and entertainment. The 2022 Applaud the Arts will be held on October 8 at the NOMA Black Box at the Reilly Arts Center.


We Applaud the Arts because…




We hope you will join artists, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, elected officials, arts patrons, and nonprofit leaders as we gather to applaud the visionary individuals and organizations who play such a vital role in the quality of life in Ocala/Marion County.


Email MCA Executive Director Jaye Baillie for more information or call (352) 369-1500



Marion Cultural Alliance: Eighth Annual ARTS AWARDS


EDUCATION AWARD – Prof. Tyrus Clutter

Recognizes an arts educator (K-college) who utilizes the arts as a tool for achieving excellence.






VISION AWARD – Margaret “Peggy” Watts

Recognizes an individual or an organization in Ocala/Marion County for their outstanding advocacy of the arts.








SERVICE AWARD – Dr. Leslie Hammond

Recognizes an exceptional individual for their dedicated volunteerism in the arts and contribution to the arts community.




Arts Awards Information


Questions? Please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director at (352) 369-1500


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