Applaud the Arts

ATA 2023: Saturday, October 14 at Appleton Museum of Art
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16th Annual Applaud the Arts – Soirée de Lumière

Saturday, October 14, 2023

7 – 10 p.m.

at the Appleton Museum of Art

Thank you 2022 Sponsors!

We Appreciate Your Support of Applaud the Arts and MCA!

Sponsorship Information


We thank you in advance for your interest in MCA’s signature event. We are confident that your company will benefit and enjoy Ocala/Marion County’s dynamic connection between business and the arts at this entertaining event.


Sponsorships start at $500 and provide recognition not only at Applaud the Arts. Depending on the level you select, your business will become a Business pARTner at the level commensurate with the amount of your Applaud the Arts sponsorship. Click here for pARTnership levels and benefits.


For a personal appointment to review sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director [email protected] 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: Seventh Annual ARTS AWARDS


DEADLINE TO APPLY: MONDAY, September 12, 2022, 5 pm.


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Arts Awards in the following categories.


Recognizes an arts educator who utilizes the arts as a tool for achieving excellence.


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


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


Applications are now closed. Thank you!


Questions? Please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director at 352. 369.1500

14th Annual Applaud the Arts


Thank You!


The 14th  Applaud the Arts was held on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at the beautiful Ocala Civic Theatre. Following the Arts Awards Presentation and the announcement of the 2021-2021 Cultural Grants, guests moved to OCT’s outdoor courtyard. Thank you to all who attended,  our sponsors, and the amazing OCT team of Katrina, Jim, Larry, and Craig for all your support.


And last, but not least a BIG MCA thank you to this year’s  ATA Chairman (3 years in a row!) and MCA Chairman Lisa Midgett for the vision and execution of this applause-worthy event!


And now, enjoy this video recap of the event: