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 visual arts, performing arts, pottery, creative writing, songwriting, photography, and varied crafts, the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council believes in learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development benefits all in our community.
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
The Winfield Arts & Humanities Council takes Mr. Lynch's profound words to heart. The Winfield Arts & Humanities Council is a non-profit organization working to ensure that the City of Winfield, as well our neighbors here in Cowley County have a vibrant, vital and active arts environment. The mission of the WAHC is to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation and development of all of the Creative Arts (literary, visual, tactile, musical, performing, etc.) in order to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. It is our mission to provide all of our citizens with programs, knowledge, and the opportunity to enrich their lives through art.
WAHC does this by serving up to over 1,000 of our community's youth with a variety of summer programs from varied forms of art to staging theatrical performances. WAHC also offers a myriad of art programs open for all ages to participate. From stained glass, pottery, varied crafts and painting, we provide over 120 classes annually at an affordable price literally making the arts open to all from 1 to 100!
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.