Marian Cook Legacy Award
The Marian D. Cook Legacy Award was established by the Cloud County Community College Humanities Division in 2011. In the spirit of Marian Cook's dedication to the arts and her community, the award is presented annually to an exemplary supporter of the arts and education within the community.
Marian Cook was a patron of the arts – simply described as “one that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause.” Colonel N. B. Brown was probably Concordia’s first back in l907 when he opened the Brown Grand Theatre. After a gap of 73 years, Marian D. Cook was the next. Though gone, both are still giving to the Concordia community.
Marian Cook’s husband, the financial wizard Charles, died in l971, and shortly thereafter, Marian joined a small group of citizens talking (some thought nonsense) about buying and restoring the Brown Grand. What followed became another of fate’s happy marriages of time and place.
Marian began giving to the (Brown Grand) theatre from the onset: money, time, ideas, leadership, and encouragement. But she wouldn’t take credit or wish to be singled out above anyone else. She did what she did to get the job done. The Brown Grand Theatre continues today as a testament to Marian’s community-minded generosity.
The Charles and Marian Cook Series was founded in 1992 by Marian in memory of Charles. The Cooks were avid global explorers who embraced travel as life’s greatest form of education. Recognizing that not everyone had the resources for world travel, Mrs. Cook created an ongoing event series that would bring cultural and educational experiences to Concordia through Cloud County Community College.
Miller Receives Cook Legacy Award
Dr. Everett Miller was awarded the 2015 Marian D. Cook Legacy Award at 7 pm November 5 in Cloud County Community College’s Cook Theatre prior to Michael Tougias’s Cook Series presentation of “The Finest Hours.”
The award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting the arts, culture, and education in the area. A close friend of Marian Cook, Everett Miller is a life-long supporter of the arts in North Central Kansas. He directed choirs and served other vocal music interests at all age and grade levels for 54 years. As founder and director of the Great Society Singers of Cloud County Community College, Dr. Miller toured his college students across the United States and to Bulgaria, Canada, and Australia. The NCK Youth for Music partnership flourished under his guidance, giving area high school students the opportunity to be part of much larger performance groups than rural schools could provide. In addition, Miller is a long-time board member of the Community Concerts Association.
In the 1970s, Dr. Miller spearheaded the dream that the Brown Grand Theatre be restored and preserved as the premiere arts venue for the area. His efforts became the standard for other sites to be restored in Concordia, as well as sites statewide. He served several terms as President of the Brown Grand Board of Directors and continues to serve as a board member.
A reception will be held in the library at Cloud County Community College following the Michael Tougias presentation. All Cook Series events are free and open to the public.