The Four Friends Grant Fund was established in 2015 as a permanent part of the MCA endowment. This fund, for grants for individual artists, was named for E. L. Foster, Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, and an anonymous friend. Through their words and deeds over many years, these four extraordinary people established a legacy of leadership, inspiring positive change in Ocala/Marion County, and directly influencing the development of MCA as an arts advocate.
The spirit of the fund is to honor their legacy by supporting ideas and initiatives of a broad range that encourages creativity, culture, and the creation of beauty within our community. MCA member artists will be able to apply for financial assistance to further their professional development, purchase equipment, or supplies.
The Fund currently stands at $28,294 and is quickly approaching the initial goal of $50,000. Once reached, MCA will announce the grant program, application, and criteria.
The fund was established by MCA in October of 2015 as a permanent endowment, designed to generate income to support occasional one-time grant requests that fall outside the scope of timeline of MCA’s annual Cultural Grant awards.
The inspiration for this fund is the legacy of leadership created by four important community leaders. Through care and concern, words and deeds, over many years and across many institutions, Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E. L. Foster, and another friend (who wished to remain anonymous) have impacted the lives of nearly every citizen residing in Ocala and Marion County.
Each of these Four Friends of MCA leaves a leadership legacy of his own, that when combined serve as an enormously inspirational example of those who may choose to follow in their footsteps of improving the quality of everyday life in our community. As close friends over the years, they inspired one another, with E. L. , Jim, and Mack even earning the nickname, “the Three Musketeers” as they had a reputation for coming to the rescue of so many good causes, including the seedlings of what grew to become MCA.
As stand out leaders of their generation, their support of improvements to education, city life, health, many recognized and continued. The open-minded supportiveness of new ideas and initiatives sets this group apart.
The spirit of this fund is designed to emulate that same act of encouragemetn of those seeking such from MCA. The fund is nearing it’s initial goal of $50,000 up from last year’s total of $17,225 to nearly $33,000. We thank our generous supporters as of this printing. Your contributions will fund individual MCA artist member grant requests for equipment and training.
MCA thanks the donors and supporters of this exciting new initiative.