Board of Directors
The Winfield Arts & Humanities Council's mission is to provide all people with programs, opportunities and knowledge to enrich their lives through the arts.
Whether it be visual arts, performing arts, pottery, creative writing, song writing, photography, or various crafts, the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council believes that cultivation of art education and promotion of artistic development, creates sense of identity for an individual, but benefits all in a community through inspiration and inclusivity.
Who We Are
President Megan Beeson
Vice President Ashlee Mayo
Treasurer Susan Andrews
Secretary Liz Frazier
"The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.” Robert L. Lynch, the President of Americans for the Arts
Mr. Lynch's profound words are apart of everything we work for. The Winfield Arts & Humanities Council (WAHC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide the City of Winfield, as well our neighbors in Cowley County, with a vibrant and active arts environment. Our mission is to promote awareness of how vital art is to human life and invoke appreciation and development of all creative outlets (literary, visual, tactile, musical, performing, etc.) as a way to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. In turn, the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council offers an array of programs and events, to all of our citizens, as an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skill sets, and enrich their lives through art.
Annually, we offer over 120 classes, from culinary to stained glass, all set at affordable prices, making the arts accessible to all ages! WAHC serves over 1,000 of our community's youth with a wide variety of summer programs and a few after-school classes, for during the year, along-side a myriad of programs catering to the older members of the community that have very limited time for creative expression.
From our Mini Music Fest in September, prior to the kick-off of the Annual Walnut Valley Festival, to October's Art in the Park at our beautiful Island Park. Our Evening for the Arts annual fundraiser is always guaranteed to be an evening of fun themes, prizes, entertainment and auction with the proceeds going directly to youth art programs. Our Empty Bowls Fundraising Dinner in November, where our guests can purchase beautiful, handcrafted bowls and have them filled with soups, stews, chilis, etc., all donated and served by members of the community as well as local restaurants for the benefit of the Winfield Food Pantry in an effort to support the drive against hunger in Cowley County. WAHC also sponsors the Kansas Voices Writing Contest, Kansas Soundscapes Composition Contest, and scholarship programs to our local high school and college students.
We are able to do this due to the efforts of our Board of Directors, Staff, the dedicated volunteers who assist at events and the support of the community
If you would like to be involved the the WAHC, please feel free to contact us anytime. We are always inviting motivated individuals to be a part of our efforts to support the Winfield Arts Community, either by participating on our boards, committees, as part of individual projects or as a member. Your monthly or annual membership to the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council helps us to continue our efforts to provide these events and programs to continue. Just click here as membership has never been easier and it means so much to so many.