Mary Kingslan Gibilisco

Theresa Sindelar

Executive Director

From the University of Nebraska, Mary has a Master of Science in Youth Development and Nonprofit Management, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Art, Minor in Art History and in Spanish) and an Adult Training certificate from the College of Continuing Studies. She is an accomplished visual artist and instructor. Mary lives in Omaha with her husband, John. They have two grown children and two grandsons.
Mary was appointed to the WhyArts Governing Board of Directors in 2021 as part of the merger between WhyArts and Arts in Motion. She has been affiliated with Arts in Motion (formerly The Artery) since 2004, initially as a visual and Dancing Classrooms teaching artist, then as the organization’s business/grants manager, and finally as a board member. Most recently, she was employed by the Metropolitan Community College Foundation in the development department.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mary as our new executive director,” said Jon Flower, president of the WhyArts Governing Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of experience with both WhyArts and Arts in Motion, uniquely positioning her to honor the history of each while charting a new course for our newly combined organization. The board was energized by Mary’s fresh ideas and passion for the arts in our community. We look forward to this next chapter with great enthusiasm.”
Mary is looking forward to continuing the strong programming that both arts organizations have delivered over the years. “I am excited to be part of the WhyArts team, and I look forward to honoring, continuing, and expanding the inclusive arts mission.”
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