Kathy Missel for Queen of 'Arts 2019
"When asked if I would consider being a candidate for the 2019 Queens of the Arts, I hesitated. Then I drove through downtown Streator and saw the beautiful mural at the Heritage Park on the corner of Monroe and Main Streets. It was an instant reminder of the importance of art in all forms in our communities and the major contributions that NCI Artworks made in making that happen.
I'm blessed to call Engle Lane Theatre in Streator my theatre home, but my motto is "Have stage, will travel!" I've also been a part of community theatre productions at Lakeside Dinner Theatre in Mendota, I.V.C.C. in Oglesby, Prairie Arts Council and Festival 56 in Princeton, Morris Theatre Guild in Morris and River Valley Players in Henry. I'm also serving as the secretary for the Illinois Theatre Association Board of Directors and formerly served the ITA as a community theatre division rep. I've been blessed to have played many "bucket list" roles over the years, but what's most special to me is the lifelong friendships I've made as a result.
I'm the general manager at 1430 WCMY and 95.3 JACK fm radio stations in Ottawa, Illinois. I love the team I work with and their commitment to serve our communities. We're especially proud to provide publicity and airtime to arts organizations in our area to promote the important work that they do.
In the words of Kurt Vonnegut: “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
So....I'm doing it, but I need your help! Let's do this together help support the arts in our communities!”
One dollar donated equals one vote. The minimum online donation is $3.
We invite you to attend the coronation. The selection is based totally on which of the three candidates has the most votes by Thursday, September 19th at midnight. The "Queen" will be announced at The Mad Hatter Ball at Celebrations 150, La Salle on the evening of September 20th. (All of these candidates are "arts royalty" in our minds.)
The WOW factors for attending the Mad Hatter Ball are experiencing outstanding performances and displays by seven talented student honorees - and - knowing your $35 ticket helps ARTworks make great arts happen for students, adults, seniors and the community all year long.WOW! Plus there'll be great food, games and whimsy to share with friends and family. Buy tickets here.