MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/17/13) – It is hard to believe it's been only three and a half years since Cora Hughes assumed the position of Muhlenberg County Extension Agent Fine Arts Director.
The position, part of Cooperative Extension and the University of Kentucky, is one of only four arts positions in the state and nation through the Muhlenberg County Cooperative Extension Service.
In her last newsletter to the community, Hughes expressed gratitude and a bit of sadness as she leaves the position she has worked so hard in.
"I have so many mixed emotions and wonderful memories from the past three and one half years,” said Hughes. “Starting from a vision and many goals for this position, we are firmly grounded with the programs that the Arts Council has sponsored and will continue to sponsor for our county. Those of you who pledged private funds for this position should be proud and excited at what we have been able to establish in this county through your contributions! I only hope that you will continue your pledge for this position and will keep it firmly grounded through the Cooperative Extension Office and the University of Kentucky, as this is where it should stay! We have reached hundreds of people, young and old, through our arts programs and we should not let those who have worked so hard for these programs to succeed become only a memory.”
Just a few of the projects Hughes spearheaded during her tenure with the arts council included the UK Visual Art field trip to the iron pour with high school art students and teachers, an arts camp which was a huge success both years, a performance by the UK Symphony Orchestra, teaching young people how to play the dulcimer, and visitors from Tennessee, Indiana, and across the state attended the council's Line Dancing Workshop.
Muhlenberg native and world famous musician Jimmy Walker, who played with the Henry Mancini Orchestra, performed a concert, and the council arranged for residents of Central City's Courtyard to enjoy a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Art Council President Joy Richey may have summed up the gratitude of the county best.
"What a wonderful time we have enjoyed with too many accomplishments to mention. We look forward to what is in store! The big difference is that we will be without the leadership of our agent Cora Hughes. I must take the time to say that we feel a huge void without her. What Cora has directed and established for us here is by far too good to give up on. We are forever indebted to her for the hard work and dedication that she has so lovingly poured into this program. We wish for her the best in this chapter of her life, praying that she will be blessed in many ways." Richey commented.
Keep up with activities presented by the arts council during the 2013 year at www.muhlenberg.ca.uky.edu/FineArts
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