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Area residents invited to attend upcoming arts symposium at Ocala Civic Theatre

Ocala Civic Theatre and Marion Cultural Alliance are inviting area residents to join them for an arts symposium titled “From Inspiration to Creation: Hope and the Creative Process.”

The free, 90-minute event will be held Monday, March 8 at Ocala Civic Theatre. It is being billed as an inspiring “happy hour with the arts” and a fascinating conversation with local artists and dreamers. Based on the book “Art Is the Highest Form of Hope” by Phaidon Press, the symposium will explore the power of hope, the creative process and their potential to transform and renew individuals and communities.

Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. In addition to co-sponsors Ocala Civic Theatre and Marion Cultural Alliance, the event is also being sponsored by The David and Lisa Midgett Foundation.

Moderated by R.J. Jenkins, president of the Marion Literacy Council, a panel of leaders from the local arts community will share their insights into the creative process and its place in Ocala’s flourishing arts scene:

  • ART: Leslie Nottingham, Jordan Shapot, and Patricia Tomlinson;
  • CREATIVE WRITING: Barbara Fitos;
  • DANCE: Lisa Lombardo;
  • FILM: Pamela Calero Wardell;
  • MUSIC: Bert Smith and Matt Wardell; and
  • THEATRE: Katrina Ploof.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, stop by or call Ocala Civic Theatre at (352) 236-2274. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Spots also can be reserved at www.ocalacivictheatre.com. Masks are required at all times and socially distanced seating will be arranged by the box office.

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