Applaud The Arts

Applaud the Arts

You will hear, see, and enjoy a variety of unique art forms making this an evening that will be long remembered.

For over a decade, MCA has honored and celebrated the arts with Saluting the Arts. In 2016, the event was renamed Applaud the Arts and it is with inspired energy that we request your support for the next Applaud the Arts event, October 17, 2019 at The Appleton Museum of Art.


This year’s event features a variety of arts immersion experience including painting singing, theatre and more.


MCA began with Horse Fever in 2001 and has continued each year, supporting every genre of local talent with public art, an gallery, advocacy, and funding including Cultural Grants totaling $310,000. It’s time to up our game showcasing and supporting the talent and local arts organizations and we can only do so with your help.


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 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


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.


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.


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

Applaud the Arts 2019


Please join us on Thursday, October 17th at The Appleton Museum of Art to celebrate our 12th Annual Applaud the Arts! Enjoy an evening of delicious tapas, cocktails, interactive art experiences and music by DJ Big Bert and help us honor our 2019-2020 Cultural Grant and Arts Awards Recipients.


To date, we have given over $310,000 to local arts organizations in Marion County. Your support of this event will help raise that amount, enabling us to do even more for our community, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Cocktail attire is requested. We will enjoy the beauty of the courtyard and the Appleton’s cafe for our celebration.


MCA’s Mission is: To Champion, Convene and Create Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations.

You will hear, see, and enjoy a variety of unique art forms making this an evening that will be long remembered. And, you certainly won’t go hungry as there will be plenty of tapas from our Community Restaurant Partners.


You will also enjoy several interactive arts experiences including recreating this whimsical Appleton elephant by local favorite Maggie Weekly. Music by DJ Big Bert and maybe even some pop up sing-a-longs!


Of course, we will announce our annual MCA cultural grants and MCA arts awards in a less than traditional way.




Tickets are $60 ($50 for MCA members, $25 for member artists and arts organizations).

Purchase Tickets

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