“The Mission of the Miami Arts & Humanities Council is to promote, encourage, coordinate and support high-quality programs in the arts and humanities for the benefit of the community.”
The Miami Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council undertakes a number of initiatives each year, with the goal of bringing a variety of cultural and artistic opportunities for the community. Below are some of the major initiatives from 2013. In addition, the council members participate in many community events that help foster interest and awareness of the arts.
- Art for Fun – Summer Art Camps for grades 3 – 5
- Musical and Theatre – Shows, concerts and educational events
- Annual Nancy Gee Chairs the Arts – An educational event for kids
- Oklahoma Arts Council – Representation at the annual Oklahoma Arts Council
- Workshops – Hands-on learning opportunities for the community
- Awards – Music and Art scholarship, Charles Banks Wilson Arts awards for NEO students and Willie Osborn awards. The faculty and staff of NEO selects and worthy recipient.
Annual Patron’s Dinner
A main event is the gala Patron’s Dinner held each year. Current and new members have the chance to mingle, enjoy a wonderful meal and participate in the art auction.
Proceeds from the Patron’s Dinner and art auction help fund all of the many activities and events sponsored by the Miami Arts and Humanities Council.
2016 Board Members
President: Mary Susan Whaley
Vice-President: Ann Neal
Treasurer: Marcy Thompson
Secretary: Jessica Stout
Lee Dell Mustain
2016 Board President
Mary Susan Maison Whaley is Instructor of Music and Director of Choirs at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Mrs. Whaley is the conductor of the NEO Concert Choir and Meistersingers, directs the Broadway Cabaret, and teaches Introduction to Music Appreciation, Career Opportunities in Fine Arts, and the freshman level of Music Theory. Mrs. Whaley also teaches Applied Voice lessons. Mrs. Whaley is the Musical Director for the Music Theatre productions that are joint endeavors of Theatre NEO and NEO Music. She is recognized as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer whose experiences encompass professional, college and university, high school and middle school, community, and church. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Music Education from the University of Tennessee where she studied voice with George Bitzas and Lorene Michalopulos and choral conducting with Ambrose Holford, James O. Mintz, and Donald Neuen. Additional post-graduate hours have been obtained at the University of Missouri, Kansas City under Dr. Eph Ely, Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, Milliken College, and Texas Women’s University. Mrs. Whaley has memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, and Miami Arts and Humanities Council.