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"Toyland in Soulsville"

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Beginning Thursday, December 6th – Sunday, December 9th, Hicks Convention Services has partnered with the Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center's (MCAEC) Watoto De Afrika Performing Arts Program for Youth to create an event called "Toyland in Soulsville".

The event will open with a press conference to be held Thursday, December 6th, 11am – 12noon, at the MCAEC located at 55 South Main Street. The facility will be transformed into an amazing toyland filled with giant toys (See attachment A). Greeting visitors at the entry way of the Academy are life sized replicas of Elvis Presley, BB King and WC Handy (See attachment B).   Youth from the Orange Mound Early Child Care Center, Perea Pre-School and the Southwest TN Community College Early Childhood Education Center will visit the "Toyland in Soulsville" exhibit and receive Christmas gifts. The children will also have stories read to them by public officials and local business leaders.

There will be street caroling followed by live entertainment of Christmas songs from the production entitled "Christmas Time is Here" presented by students enrolled in the Funzzie Performing Arts Program, which is the Early Childhood component of the Watoto Academy.

 "Our success of this project has been made possible through the generous support of Hicks Convention Services, local businesses and ArtsMemphis. "We plan to make this an annual project because its gives us a chance to give back to our community and its children in these tough economic times" says Donald O'Conner, MCAEC Founder & Director.

Call Donald O'Conner at 901-409-9892 for more information.

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