The Miami Arts and Humanities Council hosts its annual Patrons Dinner and Dance Tuesday, Sept. 18 marking 25 years of facilitating local cultural experiences.

MIAMI — The Miami Arts and Humanities Council will celebrate its 25th anniversary during their annual Patrons Dinner and Dance to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the home of Ann and Chuck Neal. Kris Kanaly, artist and President of the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate, is the special guest speaker. The Wavetones, a nine-piece band, will be performing lively dance music. A variety of art will be on display for a silent auction and the festivities include a cash bar, locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, and local pies from Pie for the People. The event begins with a social hour from 6 – 7 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets for this event of the year, call Teresa Karleskint at 918-542-4479 by Sept. 7.

The Council has been providing unforgettable cultural experiences for the community for the past 25 years.

Founded in 1993 as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, the Council has grown through hundreds of volunteers and the generous contributions of supporters.

Events such as Designs of Autumn, Mural Fest, Art for Fun, and Chautauqua have been provided as well as performances by Light Opera of Oklahoma, Ballet Oklahoma, Shakespeare in the Park and much more.

The Council began participating in the Oklahoma Arts Council Cultural District Initiative in 2016 and are in their third year of developing the 66 Cultural District in downtown Miami.

Local organizations who provide high-quality programs in the arts for the benefit of the community can apply for Council support through its small grant program.

Arts organizations such as Miami Little Theatre and NEO Theatre Experience, and local organizations offering art experiences such as the American Indian Center who offered a program by a Native American filmmaker and the Boys & Girls Club who took the Club to the Clay Station, have been a few of the most recent beneficiaries of grants from the Council.

In addition, funds toward NEO scholarships are awarded to selected students who are studying in the arts and humanities at NEO and a high school student who is planning to study in the arts/humanities at NEO.

Future plans of the Council include developing a scholarship program that would allow teacher-selected public-school students to attend continuing art education programs, partnering with the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce in several initiatives including 2019 Mural Fest 66, a resurgence of Designs of Autumn in place of FestiFall, and a Creatives Roundtable, and achieving Cultural District certification.