In The News!
The Magnolia Art Xchange endeavor has moved forward due to a dedicated team who has contributed countless volunteer hours in research, business plan development, and now fundraising. The below articles highlight our journey.
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ART To The MAX: The Magnolia Art Xchange fuels Ocala's art movement
In the past five years, public and private interests have aligned, resulting in investments that have resulting in investments that have accelerated Ocala's cultural arts scene. The renewed commitment resulted in an arts movement housed within the Magnolia Art Xchange. (click for full article, on pages 86-91, published Winter 2016/17)
Gerald Ergle: Art Xchange gives artists a place to grow
Since June 2013 the MAX, of the Magnolia Art Xchange (or the art incubator), has been hard at work. Kudos to its Board and Melissa Townsend of the City of Ocala - they are charting this course in collaboration with other art champions in Marion County. (click for full article, published Oct. 23, 2016)
Magnolia Art Xchange group seeking to raise $150,000
Ocala got its first look at the proposed Magnolia Art Xchange art incubator at historic Ocala Union Station on Tuesday. (click for full article, published Mar 30, 2016)
7 arty transformations: new lives for old buildings in Marion County
On Friday, the Reilly Arts Center will finally be ready for its closeup. The old city auditorium at Tuscawilla Park has been transformed into a sparkling new performing arts hub that will be home to the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and also host other artists and artistic groups.
in honor of this transformation, we point out some other well-known, arts-related transformation projects around town. (click for full article, published Oct 22, 2015)
At MAX Paint Out, Ocala's historic train station to be captured on caves and more
The Magnolia Art Xchange is looking for local artists to make an investment in the organization’s mission and in the Ocala Union Train Station.
Magnolia Art Xchange executives are inviting area artists to join “The MAX Paint Out,” set for Saturday, Sep. 26, in which participants will be asked to create images of the historic train station. (click for full article, published Sept. 22, 2015)
Nearly 100 years old, Tuscawilla Park now a growing cultural hub
Its centennial only months away, Tuscawilla Park continues a metamorphosis begun a half-dozen years ago: becoming a crown jewel in the revitalization of Ocala's downtown core. (click for full article, published Aug. 19, 2015)
MAX art center wants $150K, city money needed
The Magnolia Art Xchange is asking the Ocala City Council for nearly $150,000 to renovate the Ocala Union Train station and another $14,000 annually toward the building's upkeep and utilities so artists can rent individual and communal space and work there. (click for full article, published Apr. 29, 2015)
Art incubator warmly received
A plan to develop the Ocala Union Train station into the Magnolia Art Xchange with individual and communal spaces where artists could work is moving down the track, but whether it reaches its final destination will be up to the City Council.
Supporters view the project not only as a hub for artists and patrons of the arts, but also as an enhancement to the cultural life that is spawning at Tuscawilla Park and as an economic driver that could help revitalize the North Magnolia area. (click for full article, published Mar. 24, 2015)