Businesses and individuals of McKinney see the value of arts beyond the aesthetics. Arts and entertainment has a substantial economic impact on a community by attracting visitors, increasing local spending and most importantly they provide the opportunity for individuals to transform creativity into progress. The Chamber of Commerce celebrated the arts in McKinney by launching the April/May issue of McKinney Magazine at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The artistic talent that cultivates in McKinney is remarkable: Artists who not only create, but share their gift by teaching others. Musicians so driven they overcome obstacles too great for most, and still never forget their roots. Photographers inspired by the people, places and things around them that many of us pass without regard. Finally, writers who use words to express, tell stories and create imagery.

Historic Downtown McKinney has become a hub for all things Arts & Entertainment; galleries, studios, restaurants and pubs – all venues for self-expression. McKinney Main Street and MPAC host fabulous festivals, shopping and dining that attract 1.5 million visitors each year.

McKinney Magazine dedicates the April/May issue each year to the arts community. The annual photography contest celebrates moments and experiences captured with the snap of a shutter. With more entries than ever, judges unanimously agreed that it was incredibly difficult to choose winners among such talent. This year’s judges included: Roy Renzenbrink, Director of Fine Arts, McKinney ISD; Anna Fritzel, Photography Lab Supervisor/Instructor, Collin College; and Jim Wilson, Jim Wilson Photography.

2013 McKinney Magazine Photography Contest Winners

Under 18

Third place, Ashley Paradis           












Second place, Chloe Shay












First place, Lauren Henderson















My McKinney

Downtown McKinney, Don Chamblee












18 and Over

Third place, Mike Sherman














Second place, Amanda Dale












First place,David Quisenberry











Besides viewing results of the 12th Annual Photography  Contest, readers can enjoy stories about music, dining and even parachuting in: Faubion’s award-winning band, The Place To Be – Historic Downtown McKinney, Creative Resources for the Artist in All of Us, Parachuting Pros, The Art of Food Presentation, Collin College’s Jake Nelson and His Rise to Juilliard, Public Art in McKinney and our reader’s favorite, How To, this month featuring How To Display Photography as Art.

Click here to view the digital edition of the Arts & Entertainment issue of McKinney Magazine.