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ac­ces­si­ble place,” Molle­son said. “I think peo­ple be­lieve that art events are elit­ist, or that you have to dress or act a cer­tain way, but that is just not the case. The Arts Cen­ter is a place for ev­ery­one to come, and our events are so much fun. I wanted this to be a place where peo­ple can come and for­get about their trou­bles for a while. You can see a play or a hear a con­cert, or see the visual art dis­plays and tour the Roland Hayes Mu­seum for free. There is usu­ally some­thing here for ev­ery­body.”

Molle­son has ac­crued a lot of last­ing mem­o­ries dur­ing her time as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, and re­ceived an unique op­por­tu­nity to witness some of the area’s best ex­hibits and shows. How­ever, what Molle­son will re­mem­ber the most from her time at the Arts Cen­ter will be the peo­ple she had the chance to in­ter­act with.

“The thing I’ve loved the most are the vol­un­teers and oth­ers that I have got­ten to work with and know,” Molle­son said. “We have had some won­der­ful peo­ple come here. Ev­ery­day has been dif­fer­ent, and I have grown in so many ways be­cause I have learned so much.”

The de­ci­sion to step down was far from an easy one for Molle­son, but she wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity for the Arts Cen­ter to ex­pe­ri­ence guid­ance from a new leader, and is ex­tremely ex­cited to spend more time with her fam­ily.

“I have loved my job, but I feel like I have brought the Arts Cen­ter as far as I can bring it,” Molle­son said. “I want a new per­son with new ideas to bring us for­ward and to keep us go­ing. My hus­band re­tired in June, and we have one grand­daugh­ter and a daugh­ter that lives in Akron, Ohio, so I look for­ward to vis­it­ing them and not hav­ing a sched­ule.”

Tak­ing over the po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor is Jen­nifer Dud­ley, who Molle­son de­scribed as a “per­fect per­son” for the po­si­tion. De­spite step­ping away, Molle­son ac­knowl­edged that the Arts Cen­ter’s fu­ture is bright, and it still has many goals to try and ac­com­plish in the com­ing years.

“I hope that we broaden our mem­ber­ship base, reach out to a younger de­mo­graphic and of­fer pro­gram­ming that our cit­i­zens are in­ter­ested in,” Molle­son said. “We want stay cur­rent and vi­tal, and con­tinue to of­fer in­ter­est­ing and var­ied pro­gram­ming.”

Molle­son’s last event as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor will be a re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate her ca­reer. The re­cep­tion takes place on Thurs­day, Sept. 28 from 4-7 p.m. in the Com­mu­nity Room up­stairs at the Arts Cen­ter, which is lo­cated at 212 South Wall Street in down­town Cal­houn.

“I would love all my friends and all the won­der­ful peo­ple that know us here at the Arts Cen­ter to come hug me and tell me good­bye,” Molle­son said. “It will be a drop-in re­cep­tion with won­der­ful food, and I would love to tell ev­ery­one thank you and good­bye.”

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