Applaud the Arts



MCA’s 17th Annual Applaud the Arts: 

Surrealist Ball


Saturday, October 12, 2024
5:43 p.m.
at the Reilly Arts Center’s 
NOMA Black Box




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…

    • art creates beauty in our city and connects its people

    • art is a cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous community

    • art is an economic driver

    • art improves education by encouraging creativity, problem solving, and lateral thinking

    • art improves and inspires economic development, creates jobs and produces tax revenue

    • art attracts tourism revenue

    • art is an experience fundamental to our humanity

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.



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

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