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Cultural Arts

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The Cultural Arts Division, as part of the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department develops policies and initiatives that support and encourage the development of cultural arts in our community. This includes partnerships with local art organizations and the development of visual, performing arts and educational science programming.  

Cultural Arts programs currently being executed through partnerships with community stakeholders include First Friday Art Walk, Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, the Student and Emerging Artist Competition, Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series, and Spring Art Park Series. The Discovery Center features quarterly science exhibits, permanent animal exhibits, educational classes, exhibit dates nights and summer camp.

In addition to these programs we utilize our public spaces, both interior and exterior, to provide exhibit and performance space to local, regional and national artists and cultural arts organizations.


With funding support from the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA), the Community Cultural Arts Plan will bring together stakeholders, community members and City leaders to implement an overarching, coordinated, 10-year strategic Community Cultural Arts Plan.

Click here to read the Cultural Arts Plan


The Ocala Municipal Arts Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the City government in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the City and aesthetic aspects of city activities.  City officials, officers and staff may consult with the commission on matters coming within the scope of this division. Click the button below to learn more.

Visit OMAC page


Art enhances our public spaces and transforms an ordinary space into a destination.  It fosters creativity, discovery and thoughtfulness among our citizens and visitors. The City of Ocala invites you to visit the many art exhibits in our city spaces.  Public Art is COMPLIMENTARY and is for EVERYONE! Click below to learn about visual arts programs.

Visit Call to Artist PageVisit First Friday Art Walk page

Visit Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition Visit Student & Emerging Artist Competition


Through creative placemaking, the city cultivates performing arts programs and events which support the community's unique cultural identity and vitality while activating community public spaces. Performing arts programming includes the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series, Spring Art Park Series and Retro Sounds. Click below to learn about performing arts programming.

Visit Performing Arts Events


Visit Discovery Center
The Discovery Center of Ocala strives to provide community members of all ages an interactive educational experience which stimulates a desire to expand personal knowledge. Ocala’s Discovery Center is a member of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. The Discovery Center features quarterly exhibits, educational classes, exhibit date nights and an annual summer camp program. Click the logo for more information. 


For more information, contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447 or