Welcome to The Marion Cultural Alliance
Want to Become a Member?
– MCA members enjoy supporting the arts through its Cultural Grant awards, events, and innovations.
– As an MCA member you will receive the Culture Line newsletter, discounted pricing on MCA ticketed events, 10% off in the gallery gift shops, reduced rates on facility rentals.
– Artist members will receive all calls and may participate in member exhibitions
MAX Coming to Downtown Ocala
On September 3, 2015 the Magnolia Art Xchange and City of Ocala entered into an agreement to establish an art incubator at the historic Ocala Union Station, located at 531 NE 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470. The agreement marks an official beginning to the MAX project, which has been incubating for over a year during their business plan development and negotiations with the City of Ocala. MAX is thankful to numerous arts organizations including the Marion Cultural Alliance who have participated in research and assisted with project development.
MAX is seeking to raise a minimum of $126,000 to bring the project to fruition. This seed funding will be utilized to purchase furnishings and equipment specific to working artists, and to establish a reserve fund to sustain operation of the facilities during the first 5 years, as outlined in the MAX Business Plan. Upon MAX reaching their fundraising goal the City of Ocala will provide capital improvements necessary to support programming.
We are delighted to announce that Fine Arts For Ocala has pledged $5,000 to kick off the fundraising campaign!
Art incubators are recognized as creative place-making anchors, they revitalize communities by supporting the development of new artists and creative businesses; by assisting in the professional growth and expansion of existing artists and creative businesses; and increasing economic activity and community vibrancy through public art exhibits, special events, workshops, and lectures. Successful art incubator models studied during the development of the MAX Business Plan include: The Art Center of South Florida, Miami Beach, FL; Florida Craftsman and Arts Lofts, St. Petersburg, FL; and Hub on the Canal, New Smyrna beach, FL; and The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA.
The Magnolia Art Xchange will further develop the Ocala Cultural Corridor within Ocala’s central business district as a hub of creative activity. This district is currently anchored by key organizations and their facilities, including: The Marion Cultural Alliance’s Brick City Center for the Arts, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Reilly Arts Center, and the City of Ocala’s Historic Marion Theatre and Discovery Center.
The Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. is a registered, Florida Not For Profit organization and has filed for their 501(c)(3) Status. The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County will facilitate MAX’s fundraising campaign, currently scheduled to launch on October 1, 2015.