On Sunday October 10th, 185 Ocala art and culture enthusiasts gathered to recognize 2021’s standout talents at an awards event hosted by the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA). The “Applaud the Arts” ceremony recognized individuals who have positively impacted the arts and culture in Marion County throughout the past year. A champagne brunch at the Ocala Civic Theatre on East Silver Springs Boulevard commemorated the honorees’ achievement.
ARTS EDUCATOR AWARD: Recognizes an individual or organization in Ocala/Marion County for outstanding advocacy of the arts.
For the past 15 years, Brooke Hutto has been teaching music to children of all ages and abilities.
She is the K-5 music teacher at Harbourview Elementary School; the lead elementary music teacher for Marion County Public Schools; and the president of the Marion County Music Association. Brooke supports teachers and administrators throughout the county. She also organizes two largescale county events, the Charlie Dixon Music Festival, which involves nearly 1000 students and their families; and the Marion County Elementary Honor Choir, which involves 100 students and their families. These events offer students the experience of performing in venues including The Reilly Arts Center. Due to her effectiveness with teaching students with special needs, Brooke has become a state-wide presenter with Arts4All Florida, an organization whose mission is “to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities.” She consistently volunteers her personal time to form an arts-rich community and is an asset to our School District and to the State.