Save the Date

Applaud the Arts

October 8, 2020

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 8, 2020 at The Appleton Museum of Art.


With the move last year to the Appleton Museum of Art, MCA added 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 $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]

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

2019 Arts Award Winners

Suzanne Schmittling


Olivia Ortiz


Jim Ross