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.”