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Don’t miss this largest gathering of artists and arts enthusiasts! The evening begins on the second floor of the Discovery Center at 5:30 PM with delicious tapas from many of our favorite chefs and libations. Attendees will then move to the Reilly Arts Center for MCA’s signature event, Applaud the Arts, complete with performances, MCA Art Awards, and the announcement of the 2017-2018 Cultural Grant recipients. Presentation and performance begin at 6:45 PM. Presented by Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute and Urology Institute of Central Florida.

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Awards are open to all Ocala/Marion County nonprofits, school, individuals and artists.

Complete this form to submit your nomination for a 2017 MCA Art Awards.

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. 

Deadline : August 31st

Service Award

The Service Award recognizes an exceptional individual for their dedicated volunteerism in the arts and contribution to the arts community as a whole.

Vision Award

The Vision Award recognizes an elected public official in Ocala/Marion County for their outstanding advocacy for the arts.

Arts Educator Award

The Arts Educator Award recognizes a school or district that utilizes the arts as a tool for achieving educational excellence in a K-12 setting.

  • Nominee

  • Nominated By

  • Descriptions of these awards are listed above this form for you to view.

  • Support Materials

    Please provide any additional support materials in the form of a biography, letters of support, and/ or other relevant documentation demonstrating the nominee's qualifications to receive this award.
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    Accepted file types: pdf.
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Event Details

Applaud the Arts
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Reilly Arts Center 5:30-7:30 pm


Awards are open to all area arts organizations, city, county, school district, arts organization volunteers, and arts enthusiasts in Ocala/Marion County.

Nominations for these awards will all be evaluated based on each nominee’s level of excellence in:

  • Advocacy for the arts
  • Promotion of the arts
  • Support of the arts
  • Full application form and required materials can be found at


The top three finalists in each category will receive:

  • Recognition in event publicity including print and social media
  • Pre-event media release
  • Featured in the event program
  • Podium recognition
  • Two complimentary tickets to Applaud the Arts


The MCA Arts Awards winner in each category will receive all the above plus:

  • A specially designed award
  • Post-event media release announcing the final honorees
  • Recognition on social media


Nomination/Application Instructions

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Entries must be submitted online at Please be prepared to upload supporting materials or images.


Selection Process

The Awesome for the Arts Selection committee, chaired by MCA Board member, Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC will review all applications based on the criteria stated above and completion of the application materials. Three finalists will be chosen in each category and will be reviewed and approved by the MCA Board of Directors. The three finalists in each category will receive publicity before and during the event. One honoree in each category will be announced live at Applaud the Arts on Thursday, September 28, 2017.


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