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Four Friends Grant Fund Small Grants for Individual Arts

About the fund:

The Four Friend Grants Fund was establish to honor of the Leadership Legacy of Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E. L. Foster, and an Anonymous Friend.

The fund was established by MCA in October of 2015 as a permanent endowment, designed to generate income to support our MCA artist members to pursue their craft with funding for equipment, training, programming, etc.

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 to 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 grassroots efforts, and the arts, is a legacy that must be recognized and continued. The open-minded supportiveness of new ideas and initiatives sets this group apart.

MCA thanks the donors and supporters of this exciting new initiative.

As a result of your generosity, MCA will announce and begin granting individual grants to artists in late summer 2018.

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