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2018 MCA Arts Awards

Presented at

11th Annual Applaud the Arts



MCA is accepting nominations for the following categories:


Recognizes an arts educator who utilizes the arts as a tool for achieving excellence.


Recognizes an individual or an organization in Ocala/Marion County for their outstanding advocacy of the arts.


Recognizes an exceptional individual for their dedicated volunteerism in the arts and contribution to the community as a whole.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, August 24, 2018

For more information on eligibility, criteria, etc.

MCA’s Applaud the Arts is a celebration of our community’s arts community with performances, the award of Cultural Grants, and the award of the MCA Arts Awards. The event will be held at the Reilly Arts Center, Thursday, September 20, 2018.

  • 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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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, 2018.


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The awards were established by the Marion Cultural Alliance’s Board of Directors in 2017 with the first awards announced at the 2017 Applaud the Arts event.


2017 Arts Awards Winners (originally called Awesome for the Arts)

Vision: City of Ocala

Education: Jayne Ellspermann, former principal of Westport High School

Service: Rusty Belote, Ocala Civic Theatre

2018 Arts Award Winners

Vision: Jen Normoyle, City of Ocala

Education: Jo Crowder, MCPS Fine Arts Coordinator

Service: David D’Alessandris, Community Arts Volunteer

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