Applaud the Arts 2022

October 8, 2022

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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:

MCA Thanks Our 2021 Sponsors!

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. Look for the 2022 date announced in early in the new year.

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.


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

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



The 2021 Arts Award winners will be announced at the 14th Annual Applaud the Arts.