More than 15 local and dharmic organizations in Dallas, including partners like the McKinney Fire Department, McKinney Public Library, and many others, held a launch event for the traveling poster exhibit titled ” Darshana: A Glimpse of Hindu Civilization”.
The exhibition featured 24 posters prepared by volunteers from the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh on various topics including arts, science, divinity, architecture, scriptures, spiritual traditions, festivals, dress, yoga , medicine and others. The event featured several exhibits alongside the posters to enhance the contributions of Hindu culture.
The event was opened by McKinney Mayor George Fuller, McKinney City Council members Justin Beller and Patrick Cloutier and lamp lighting by City Fire Marshal Mike Smith and Department Training Chief McKinney Fire Department/Chair of Cultural Awareness and Diversity, Barry Mitchell, McKinney ISD Board Members Stephanie O’ Dell and Imagine School Executive Director Harvey Oaxaca, Ms. Julie Brady, President McKinney Democrat Elizabeth Michel and McKinney Library Programs Director Gary Landeck.
The expo launch brought together elected officials, community leaders, law enforcement officials, interfaith members, equity and inclusion leaders, and educators.
The City of McKinney also issued a proclamation stating April 30 as Darshana day for McKinney.
The visitor list included Texas State Senator Matt Shaheen, US Congressional candidate Keith Self, McKinney Chamber of Commerce Director of Community Development Melanie Williamson, State Senator candidate Fred Frazier , several school district superintendents, principals, educators, etc.
Volunteers answered questions from guests as they toured the exhibit. Guests told organizers they were fascinated by the richness of their culture and civilization and couldn’t take their eyes off the creativity on display at the site. Dignitaries have expressed interest in hosting this exhibition in their offices.
“What a beautiful culture to be found in the Hindu faith. I learned so much about Hindus today at the expo,” Mayor George Fuller said.
Elizabeth Michel, President of McKinney Democrats, said, “We love our community celebrating the beauty of our diversity, from art to music to exposure; it was really wonderful.
“I enjoyed the Hindu celebration so much,” remarked McKinney ISD board member Stephanie O’Dell. “It was so rewarding.”
“Thank you for sharing your culture and I was so impressed with the exhibit,” said board member Justin Beller. “Thank you for bringing this to our community. It’s beautiful.”
“Very educational,” observed Keith Self, candidate for the United States Congress.
“Thank you for inviting me,” said state representative candidate Frederick Frazier. “It was an amazing experience. The exhibits were great. I loved being able to walk around and learn about the culture.”
“We want to take this exhibition on the road and go to as many places as possible,” explained Mahesh Chamaria, Regional Public Relations Manager, HSS. “I think after that we’re encouraged to bring that to all the different places in Greater Dallas and across the country.”
pictures of Chetana Shakha