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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…
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.
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: https://tinyurl.com/ru9ey32Posted by Marion Cultural Alliance on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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.
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:
The top two finalists in each category will receive:
The MCA Arts Award winner in each category will receive all the above plus:
Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Entries must be submitted online at mcaocaIa.com/awards. Please be prepared to upload supporting materials or images.
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.