Killeen Daily Herald article about MECCA Arts in Park event

Inaugural Summer in the Park festival a success Posted On: By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald

About 15 vendors and artists appeared at the Summer in the Park Book Signing and Art Festival Saturday in Conder Park.

"I am looking for more people, but this is a phenomenal activity," said Sonia Simmons Wren. "This has been awesome for a first-time event. I would really say this is a dream come true."

Wren is the event's organizer, and she wanted the festival to accomplish a great deal and the festival did just that, she said.

It was held to promote the arts in an outdoor environment, but it was also meant to help raise money for the women and children's shelter in Kempner run by Christ on the Move Evangelist, Wren said.

The festival promoted the arts by giving artists and art organizations a chance to gather and promote themselves, and it raised money for the shelter by selling those artist spots for a minimal fee.

A quilt raffle also raised money for the shelter.

"Not only do you do something that is heartwarming for yourself, but it benefits someone else too," Wren said.

The Multi-Ethnic Cultural & Arts Association joined the festival with a pair of Texas clog dancers performing and by providing music throughout the day.

"We are pleased to be here, and they want us here," MECA's Dan Knott said. "For a first time, this is an especially good turn out."

About 150 people were in attendance.

MECA used the event to not only show off its performance art but also as an opportunity to enroll more talent into its organization.

"This is a recruiting booth for us," Knott said.

Other entertainment during the day included storytelling, a poetry slam and a seminar on self-publishing.

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