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Former director of Hattiesburg Arts Council honored at reception

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Patty Hall (center), retired executive director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council, and Rebekah Stark Johnson (left), current executive director, speak to attendees at a reception honoring Hall Tuesday night. Patty Hall (center), retired executive director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council, and Rebekah Stark Johnson (left), current executive director, speak to attendees at a reception honoring Hall Tuesday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

An organization which promotes the arts in the Hub City has said a special thank you to its former director of more than 30 years who retired several weeks ago. The Hattiesburg Arts Council hosted a reception Tuesday evening for Patty Hall, who became executive director of that organization back in 1979.

She retired in August. During her tenure, Hall started the Brown Bag concerts, the Emerging Artists Series and children's summer programs.

The new executive director is Rebekah Stark Johnson, a cellist and adjunct professor at William Carey University. 

"It has been a great run," said Hall. "As you know, it takes a village to do anything and the village has always been there when I needed it and together, we've moved forward and we've accomplished some things," she said.

"She's going to be right with me, helping out," said Johnson. "I'm not going to make her work too hard, but I can still see that she wants to be a part of it and I want her to be a part of it," Johnson said.

Johnson also taught at Southern Miss.

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