SHAWNEE -- Arts Trek 2012, the third annual arts festival held at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, has been honored as Outstanding Event or Festival by the Central Oklahoma Frontier Country Marketing Association.
The award came during the organization's Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, June 21, at the Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City.
Arts Trek was held April 21 at the museum and on the grounds of St. Gregory's University and St. Gregory's Abbey. More than 2,000 people attended the event which featured a performance walk combined with an arts festival.
More than 40 artists had booths and created art on site. More than 60 volunteers from 21 Helping Hands Sponsors (local organizations and businesses) offered 25 free art projects and activities for visitors.
Visitors also were treated to 19 performances by local and far flung theatrical, dance, spoken word, and musical performance artists.
"Though the Museum is honored to have received this recognition for Arts Trek," said event organizer Donna Merkt, "the award really belongs to the whole community.
Arts Trek is a community endeavor. The event is only possible due to the 150-plus volunteers and Helping Hands Sponsors who work diligently to plan and man the event and to the incredible Event Sponsors who generously support the event."
Event Sponsors for Arts Trek 2012 included Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Troy and Dollie Smith Family YMCA, Three-Nine Media, Junior Service League of Shawnee, First National Bank and Trust Co., Lions Club of Shawnee, State Farm Agent Chris Rick, Yvonne Kaaloa and David Reed, St. Gregory's Abbey, and St. Gregory's University, and Shawnee Twin Lakes Association.
Due to the success of the previous three Arts Trek events, the Museum plans to continue the annual festival, and already has chosen April 13 for the 2013 festivities.
"The event continues to get bigger and better each year," said Merkt, who credits the growth to the strong involvement and support of many other community organizations. Arts Trek has grown by more than 50 percent each year.
For additional information regarding Arts Trek, please visit www.artstrek.org. For additional information about the Mabee-Gerrer Museum, please visit www.mgmoa.org or call 878-5300