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13th Annual Applaud the Arts | 2020

October 8, 2020

Applaud the Arts

Join us for a visually stunning evening and help us Applaud the Arts in our community.

Applaud the Arts 2020
Starry Night
An Intimate Evening Celebrating the Arts in Partnership with the Marion Theatre
Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors:
RBOI and Urology Institute of Central Florida.
Our main event is the film, Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully painted feature film. Loving Vincent is an animated biographical film about the life of the painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created using the same techniques as Van Gogh by a team of 125 artists drawn from around the globe.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by celebrity photographer Tammy Griffin for a beautiful portrait of your party with an amazing backdrop from the Reilly show ArtRageous, which was partially sponsored by MCA.
Each guest will receive a gift box full of tapas and small bites donated by our culinary partners. For the safest experience,, these boxes will be prepared and packaged in each sponsor’s restaurant kitchen, and handed to you as you arrive.
With a quick stop for a glass of wine, beer or non alcoholic drink of your choice, you will then be seated in the main auditorium, safely distanced.
We have a treat waiting for you in the theatre before the show begins; local vocal powerhouse Ecliff will be singing on stage, and the rest of the fun is our secret!
And, as always, the wonderful Dorothy Pernu will be on hand to give out our MCA Arts Awards, Powered by Duke Energy. We have a surprise award this year that has never been given before!
Then, on to the big show – Loving Vincent, the world’s first, fully painted feature film which won multiple awards, and was a nominee for best Animated Feature at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
To ensure the safety of our guests, we will be selling tickets in groups of one, two and four. Upon arrival at the Marion Theatre, you will be escorted to your seats which will be labeled with the ticket purchasers name. Thank you for your understanding.
We hope to see you at our 13th Annual Applaud the Arts: Ocala’s Greatest Gathering of Arts and Arts Enthusiasts! Doors open at 5:30 pm. Our program begins at 6:15 pm. See you soon!

Photos used by permission. Photo credit: Maven Photo and Film

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 $340,000.


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


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.


Sponsorships start at $250 and provide recognition not only at the event, but for 11 months following.


For a personal appointment to review sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director [email protected] or call 352.369.1500

Every year, we have a big party called Applaud the Arts to celebrate our Cultural Grant Recipients, held in October. The recipients are local non profit arts organizations that we help by funding special projects. Here, Katrina Ploof, Artistic Director of Ocala Civic Theatre explains how MCA helps OCT and why OCT Applauds us, too! If you would like to help, please click here:

Posted by Marion Cultural Alliance on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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

Arts Awards Nominations Now Accepted



DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 27, 2020


We invite your application for one of the three awards below. The awardees will be announced at Applaud the Arts.


MCA is now accepting nominations for the following categories:


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


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


SERVICE: Recognizes an exceptional individual for their dedicated volunteerism in the arts and contribution to the arts community as a whole.


Event Details

Marion Cultural Alliance is proud to present the 13th annual Applaud the Arts in partnership with the Marion Theatre. This evening has been reimagined to provide guests a wonderful experience in an intimate setting respectful of social distancing. Guests will enjoy an individually packed gourmet goody box from some of our favorite local chefs, libations, and the showing of “Loving Vincent” the world’s first fully painted film about the life of Vincent van Gogh.



Awards are open to all Ocala/Marion arts organizations (not for profit or for profit), city, county, schools, arts organization volunteers, and arts enthusiasts in Ocala/Marion County.


Nominations for these awards will all be evaluated based on each nominee’s level of excellence in:

    • Advocacy for the arts
    • Promotion of the arts
    • Support of the arts
    • Full application form and required materials can be found below:


The top two finalists in each category will receive:

    • Recognition in event publicity including print and social media
    • Pre-event media release
    • Featured in the event program
    • Recognition in the event video
    • One complimentary ticKet to Applaud the Arts


The MCA Arts Award winner in each category will receive all the above plus:

    • A specially designed award sponsored by Floyd Hershberger, B-J Trophies and Awards
    • Post-event media release announcing the final honorees
    • Recognition on social media


Nomination/Application Instructions


Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Entries must be submitted online at Please be prepared to upload supporting materials or images.


Selection Process

The MCA Arts Awards Selection committee, chaired by MCA Board member Dr. Saul Reyes, will review all applications based on the criteria stated above and completion of the application materials. Three finalists will be chosen in each category and will be reviewed and approved by the MCA Board of Directors. The two finalists in each category will receive publicity before and during the event. One honoree in each category will be announced at Applaud the Arts on Thursday, October 8, 2020.


Questions? Email [email protected] or call 352.369.1500

2019 Arts Award Winners

Suzanne Schmittling


Olivia Ortiz


Jim Ross