For those wondering why I made the trip to Chattanooga this week, it’s two fold. The less interesting one, but the one requiring a cargo van, is that I needed to bring some furniture back home — family pieces that we aren’t using now.
But the reason I’m coming home this week is because tonight is my mother’s retirement party. Mom has been an arts administrator for mumble-something years and is very, very good at it.
The arts council is throwing a soiree in her honor.
Here is one of the two articles in the paper about her today.
For the past dozen years, Marilyn Harrison has been the backbone of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, according to Allied Arts president Dan Bowers.
Harrison, formerly vice president, retired June 30. Tonight, a celebration in her honor is being held at the Tivoli Theatre.
“I’m terrified of what might happen,” Harrison said in a telephone interview. “They might roast me.”
She is more likely to be toasted than roasted at an evening that will celebrate her achievements in improving the state of the arts in Chattanooga, those close to the arts organization say.
There are many reasons that I work in the arts, but the main one is that Mom gave me every opportunity to explore them. She never doubted that it was possible to make a living as an artist, puppeteer, or writer because her job, her focus in life, was to make sure that art was celebrated.
And tonight it’s time to celebrate her.