Netta and John Simek made their home in Bryan and became involved in the community immediately after their marriage in 1992. Netta served the Board of Directors of The Arts Council in many capacities, including President, and orchestrated several of our signature fundraising events. Together, Netta and John enthusiastically participated in and were integral to successful major events for MSC OPAS, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, The Arts Council and many others. Even when health did not permit her more intense involvement, Netta, with John always by her side, continued to attend community arts events, showing her heartfelt support.
In November 2015 and August of 2016, the community lost both Netta and John, two of our most ardent arts supporters. The arts community in the Brazos Valley was greatly enhanced by the Simeks’ philanthropy and active support, and deeply sadden by their passing. The Simeks truly loved the arts, and Netta was particularly passionate about empowering and encouraging young women to take on leadership roles in the field. After Netta’s passing in November, John approached The Arts Council with a generous leadership gift to perpetuate Netta’s work in positively impacting the lives of women in our community. A new scholarship in her honor was established in July.
In memory of the Simek’s dedication and lasting impact on the arts in The Brazos Valley, The Arts Council is honored to announce the Netta Jackson Simek Emerging Artist Scholarship. This scholarship has been awarded to one innovative female student annually since May of 2017. To participate in this scholarship, contact The Arts Council at (979) 696-2787.