skip to Main Content

MCA Sponsors are Champions of the Arts

Your sponsorship allows MCA to produce a first-class event, while raising funds to forward its many initiatives, including Cultural Grants. Specifically, your sponsorship helps provide event infrastructure, marketing, event management, marketing and social media, and signage.


But it is so much more: Your sponsorship:

  • Provides high-profile recognition for your company at the event and throughout the year at the Corporate Champions of the Arts qualifying levels
  • Signals to your employees and the community that you value arts and culture and their important roles in our quality of life and local economy
  • Shows your company promotes better quality of life through promotion of healthy lifestyle activities
  • Brings statewide and national recognition to Ocala/Marion County
  • Provides a unique experience for residents and visitors
  • Stimulates the local economy through expenditures at local shops, restaurants, and hotels We are committed to tailor your sponsorship to best compliment your corporate goals. Let’s talk!


We’d love to discuss opportunities and promise to over deliver on our commitment to you! Contact Jaye Baillie, Executive Director 352.629.1500 or fill out the contact form. 


2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Presented by: 

City of Ocala

Silver Sponsors

Auto Customs


MCA created Ride for the Arts in 2015, combining the burgeoning sport of cycling with an art experience for a unique event that took both elements to a new level. The ride highlights two of the best assets of Ocala/Marion County, as cyclists travel through the unparalleled natural beauty of Marion County’s picturesque horse country.


An Invitation to Sponsor Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo 2017

Dear Fellow Business Leaders,

I am so pleased to invite you to join us as a sponsor for Marion Cultural Alliance’s (MCA) 3rd Annual Ride for the Arts, a Gran Fondo* added in 2017. Our Gran Fondo is one of the first in Florida and is enthusiastically sought after by cyclists, due to the competitive timed segments. To generate even more interest, we will award $2,000 total cash – equally to men and women – 10 deep.

The event has routes for all levels of ability. Cyclists may choose from a 15-mile, 38-mile or the Gran Fondo, which is 68-100 miles in length. All cyclists will have an amazing experience, beginning in historic downtown Ocala and winding through beautiful landscape, punctuated by its famous rolling hills and horse farms. Participants and guests will enjoy live entertainment, see Plein air artists, win terrific door prizes, and wander through the Vendor Village, where equipment and memoirs can be purchased.


And in the spirit of our recognition as Horse Capital of the World here in Ocala/Marion County, we are inviting our riders to don an equine-themed costume, representative of Horse Fever – which is one of Marion Cultural Alliance’s most public art projects. We can’t wait to see what the riders wear!


Marion Cultural Alliance is joining forces with DINGO, Race Productions, to professionally stage and manage the timed segments of the event. Projected to be a “must attend” national event as this Gran Fondo grows each year, I hope you will strongly consider making the investment to partner with us as we all promote arts and culture in our community.


I am happy to meet with you, or please call with any questions, at 352.266.7885 or MCA’s Executive Director: Jaye Baillie at 352.229.2000.


Mary Verrandeaux, Chairperson 2017 Ride for the Arts

April 22, 2017

Applaud the Arts

Date: TBD September 2017

Reilly Arts Center

About Applaud the Arts

For eight years, MCA has honored and celebrated the arts with Saluting the Arts. In 2016, the event was renamed Applaud the Arts and it is with inspired energy that we request your support for the 2017 event.

Join us as we share the fantastic story of Ocala’s creative community in the newly restored and state-of-the-art historic venue, the Reilly Arts Center in Tuscawilla Park.

MCA began with Horse Fever in 2001 and has continued for 15 years, supporting every genre of local talent with public art, a gallery, advocacy, and funding including Cultural Grants totaling $250,000. It’s time to up our game showcasing the talent and local arts organizations and we can only do so with your help.

We Applaud the Arts because…

  • art creates beauty in our city and connects its people
  • art is a cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous community
  • art improves education by encouraging creativity, problem solving, and lateral thinking
  • art improves and inspires economic development, creates jobs and produces tax revenue
  • art attracts tourism revenue
  • art is an experience fundamental to our humanity


Join artists, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, elected officials, arts patrons, and nonprofit leaders as we gather on Thursday, September 21,2017 to applaud the visionary individuals and organizations who play such a vital role in the quality of life in Ocala/Marion County.

We thank you in advance for your for interest in MCA’s signature event. We are confident that your company will benefit and enjoy Ocala/Marion County’s dynamic connection between business and the arts at this entertaining event.

For a personal appointment to review sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Jaye Baillie, MCA Executive Director

Gallery Sponsorships

A great way to show your business’ support for the arts is through a month long Gallery sponsorship. Benefits include acknowledgement on all social media posts, banner signage throughout the month of the exhibit, speaking opportunities during the Artists’ Reception, the opening event of the exhibit. Sponsorship is $1,000. For more information, contact Jaye Baillie, Executive Director.

Back To Top