Like most great events, the Take 190 West Festival started as a simple idea from like-minded art, culture, and literature lovers. Representatives from the City of Killeen, the Killeen Independent School District, and The Killeen Civic Art Guild envisioned a festival where authors, artists, and sculptors would come together to display their work in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Founded in 2009, Take 190 West is Killeen’s weeklong salute to the arts featuring the creations of KISD student’s and culminates with an exhibition of professional artists and authors. This family friendly event will occur on March 2 and allows attendees to tour the exhibition hall, visit with their favorite author or artist, and even purchase their favorite works.
Connie Kuehl, Director of the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, is quick to point out the collaborative effort it takes to put on a event of this scale. “It has been extremely gratifying to experience the support of the city of Killeen, Killeen Independent School District, and countless volunteers from throughout central Texas for Take 190 West. The business community has also been quick to come to the support of our festival and the growth and success of Take 190 West can certainly be attributed to their participation as well. We continue to receive inquiries from well-known and up-and-coming artists and authors that have heard about our festival and are interested in attending. Like last year’s event, the exhibit hall will be filled with these immensely talented individuals and will also include a stone sculpting competition and a metal sculpting demonstration. We will keep our website, take190west.com, updated with attending artists information and other events associated with the festival.” Ms. Kuehl also notes that event proceeds are dedicated to promotion of the arts and art education throughout central Texas.
Take 190 West takes place in the Killeen Civic & Conference Center located on W.S. Young Boulevard in the heart of Killeen. The Killeen Civic and Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility boasting more than 30 square feet of meeting space. Killeen is located 15 miles west of Interstate 35 on US Highway 190. For individuals or families looking for overnight accommodations, a detailed listing can be found on the Take 190 West website or by calling (254) 501-3888.