Brick City Center for the Arts is a versatile venue for rentals located in the heart of historic downtown Ocala. This unique space includes an art gallery and beautifully landscaped courtyard, both can be easily transformed to accommodate a variety of performances, professional or personal occasions.
In addition to our beautiful gallery, the adjacent courtyard makes for a spectacular setting. Lush and beautifully maintained landscaping, complemented by new awnings and lighting create a welcoming space embedded in the heart of historic downtown. The courtyard is included with indoor rentals or can be rented separately.
Your rental experience will be expertly guided by our Gallery Director. Catering, beer, and wine are permitted. Rentals are available day and evening until 10pm, seven days a week based on availability. Gallery is NOT available on the first Friday of each month and during exhibit installations, unless approved by Gallery Director. For questions, please see FAQ section below!
MCA’s BCCA Gallery aims to showcase local, regional and emerging talent with exhibitions that will expand the public’s appreciation of art as well as reflect the diversity of the community by showing a broad range of artistic techniques, styles, materials and ideas. The Gallery Committee, consisting of local artists, art leaders, community members and MCA staff, will review submitted applications on an on-going basis. The Committee favors proposals that best fulfill MCA’s mission.
Exhibition proposals can include group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, curatorial proposals, student exhibition proposals and more. The Committee plans the Art Gallery schedule one year in advance. Exhibitions can be on display for a period of one day up to five weeks, depending on the month. MCA will host an opening reception for each art exhibit on the first Friday of the month starting at 5pm. Specific times and additional programming / events must be discussed with the Gallery Director upon Exhibit Proposal approval.
‘The Brick’ can accommodate 80 guests inside and 40 on the courtyard. We can seat 70 theater style. For a seated lunch or dinner, we can only accommodate between 45-55 at round tables, depending on your setup.
We have 70 white chairs, 5 60” round tables, 4 8’ banquet tables, 1 6’ table and 4 30″ high-top tables. We also have tablecloths available to rent at $15 each, in black and/or white.
Gallery space rental is $525 for a 3hr event, which includes use of the gallery, the courtyard, tables & chairs, and event set up by MCA staff. A reasonable amount of time on either side of the event is allowed/included. Any additional time will incur in an additional fee of $150 per hour.
The outdoor courtyard can be rented separately for $175 for a 2-3hr event. However, access to the gallery is not included.
We will set up and tear down any items we provide. However, if you bring any items, those will need to be set up and taken down by you or your rental company AT THE END OF YOUR EVENT – so that we bear no liability for damage. We will not store or hold any items after your event unless previously discussed with the Gallery Manager.
Please note: Lessee is ultimately responsible for leaving the facility restored to condition found prior to event. This includes kitchen, floors, and restrooms. All waste is to be removed by lessee from facility (including courtyard) at the end of the event.
We usually grant one hour for set-up and one hour for break-down, depending on the event. This will be determined in the pre planning session with the Gallery Director. An event staff person will be onsite with you at all times.
You rental includes a limited onsite prep area, tables, chairs, bar, courtyard, and the ambiance of an art gallery in the heart of downtown Ocala, which has a different exhibit every 30 days.
We have special rates for meetings, workshops and special arts-related events. If you are interested in an extended use rate, please contact the Gallery Director.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is necessary along with the contract to reserve your date on our calendar. No exceptions. We will not hold any dates in the calendar without a rental deposit.
We accept credit or debit cards, check, and cash.
Yes. Please contact us for more information or see the attached Rental Agreement for the full list.
Wine, beer and spirits may be served on premises. You must follow city ordinances and regulations. Renters are to provide a certificate of insurance naming Marion Cultural Alliance and the City of Ocala as an added insured. Alcohol sales are not permitted, or will require a special permit issued by the County’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco.
There is ample street parking in the blocks surrounding our space, as well as free garage parking three blocks east of us. Parking availability is dependent on the time of day and other events in the area.
Should an unpredictable circumstance (i.e. hurricane, etc.) cancel the event, MCA will reschedule, based on availability, at no extra charge. No refunds for cancellation.
The Brick City Center for the Arts is a fully functioning ART GALLERY with exhibits changing every month. You may NOT affix anything to the walls or put in danger any of the exhibited art. The bar, piano and Gallery Gift Shop area CANNOT be moved from their respective areas. Upstairs office area is off limits. No open flames at any time. The gallery is a no-smoking facility, including the patio and entrances.
MCA is NOT available for rent on the first Friday of every month, during Art in the Attic, Light Up Ocala and major holidays. However, based on availability, the courtyard may be rented on those days.
Please contact us for more information.