May - June 2013
The Ocala Municipal Arts Commission executes a visual artist survey to determine how the City of Ocala and the community at large could better serve artists and art organizations in Ocala/Marion County, FL and better sustain their creative process. Results showed that artists are in need of professional support and that they are seeking:
OMAC representatives and a core group of community stakeholders traveled to New Smyrna, FL and visited Hub on the Canal and Atlantic Center for the Arts' Main Campus and Community Residence House to research facilities that support the professional development of artists. The team recommends exploring the feasibility of repurposing Ocala Union Station to house a similar facility and that a new organization should be formed to manage the endeavor due to the significant project scope.
January - March 2014
The City of Ocala recruits a team of stakeholders to serve on what would become the Magnolia Art Xchange Steering Committee.
Initiation of research and business plan development.
April 26, 2015
Presentation of the Magnolia Art Xchange Business Plan to City Council occurs. Council provides City Staff with approval to move the project forward.
July 8, 2015
Formation of the Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. a registered, Florida Not For Profit Organization.
July 9, 2015
The Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. applies for 501c3 tax exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service.
July 20, 2015
The First Organizational and Board of Directors Meeting for the Magnolia Art Xchange occurs.
September 3, 2015
The Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. and the City of Ocala enter into an agreement to establish an art incubator at Ocala Union Station.
January 8, 2016
The Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. receives their 501c3 tax status determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
April 18, 2016
The Magnolia Art Xchange, Inc. adopts the 2016-17 Strategic Fundraising Plan.
October 6, 2016
The Magnolia Art Xchange Advisory Council was formed and held their first meeting. The council aids the MAX Board of Directors in obtaining goals outlined in the MAX Business Plan by sharing knowledge, providing advice, and facilitating conversations with potential project partners, patrons, and artists.