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DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 12, 2019

MCA’s 12th annual Applaud the Arts will be held at The Appleton Museum of Art on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6-8 pm. The event is a celebration of art and culture through performances, arts immersion experiences, and the awarding of Cultural Grants and MCA Arts Awards.  

MCA is now accepting nominations for the following categories:

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

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

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

Event Details

12th Annual Applaud the Arts at the Appleton Museum of Art on Thursday, October 17, 2019| 6-8 pm

ATA 2019 provides guests with arts immersion experiences, tapas and libations from many of Ocala’s top chefs and the announcement of the arts awards and cultural grants. 


Awards are open to all area arts organizations (not for profit or for profit), city, county, schools, 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 here.

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 Award winner in each category will receive all the above plus:

  • A specially designed award sponsored by Floyd Hershberger, B-J Trophies and Awards
  • 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 MCA Arts Awards Selection committee, chaired by MCA Board member Ellen Amatea, 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, October 17, 2019. 

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