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.
Phillips receives 2014 Cook Legacy Award
Wonda Phillips will be awarded the 2014 Marian D. Cook Legacy Award at 7:00 p.m., November 12 in Cloud County Community College’s Cook Theatre prior to Dennis Etzel’s Cook Series presentation of “Science Fiction and Social Awareness.”
The award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting the arts, culture, and education in the area.
During a thirty-five year career at Cloud County Community College, Phillips promoted the arts and cultural events while serving as music department secretary and humanities division secretary. Phillips is a long-time member of the Brown Grand Theatre Board of Directors and the National Orphan Train Complex, serving as both treasurer and secretary.
As a twenty-seven year member of the Brown Grand Players, she has worked both in front of and behind the curtain. She has served in various capacities and has experienced each from a unique perspective. She has lived and worked in this community, has tirelessly devoted herself to the arts, and she credits her involvement in the arts of Concordia as enriching and creating satisfaction in her life. Communities can only grow stronger by the participation of its members, and her philosophy has always been one of growth.
Her most recent service to the arts in the area is being named to Concordia’s first-ever Arts Commission formed to promote the arts in Cloud County and North Central Kansas.