Date Set For Applaud the Arts, Thursday, September 28, 2017
MCA’s signature event is considered to be the kickoff of our community’s cultural season. The 10th Annual Applaud the Arts is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at The Reilly Arts Center.
About Last Year’s Event
Ocala, FL- Art. Theatre. Music. Dance. On Thursday, September 22, 2016, culture collides during an entertaining production to applaud the arts. Now in its ninth year, Marion Culture Alliance’s (MCA) signature event, Applaud the Arts (formerly Saluting the Arts) showcases performing and visual arts organizations by providing the kick off to the Ocala/Marion County cultural season. Additionally, the event raises funds for cultural grants, and provides increased public awareness of the community’s arts and cultural organizations.
The evening will begin with an alfresco reception featuring tapas from our area’s top chefs. Performance vignettes will entertain the guests during the reception and throughout the event.
New this year, MCA will present three Awesome for the Arts awards to individuals or organizations recognizing an outstanding arts volunteer, an organization displaying leadership in the arts, and an arts advocate in education.
The evening’s highlight is the award of MCA’s cultural grants selected by a committee chaired by Lisa Lombardo, MCA Board member. These grants, a signature program of MCA, provide funding for art organizations and range from $500 to $5,000. To date, MCA has awarded $256,600 since the inception of the initiative.