Ocala’s cultural community is robust. It is comprised of organizations big and small, independent artists, arts education providers, and regionally known facilities and festivals, all of which provide the city and county with programs that range from the performing and visual arts to culinary arts and historic preservation. The City of Ocala is a strong proponent of arts and culture in the community. This includes partnerships with local art organizations and the development of visual, performing arts and educational science programming.
The City of Ocala Cultural Arts & Sciences Division presents many events and programs including public art, First Friday Art Walk, the biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Art in City Spaces exhibitions, Tuscawilla Art Park Series, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series, and partnerships with community events around the city. 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.