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Cora Lou Robinson presented with Women in Arts Recognition Award

by Will Phillips

A reception was held in honor of Cora Lou Robinson, celebrating her being given the Women in the Arts Recognition Award by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Friends, family, and members of the local community gathered at the Minden First Methodist Church in order to recognize her accomplishments in capturing a unique period of time in Minden’s history through her paintings. 

“We started the process through the National Daughters of the American Revolution to have her designated as Woman in the Arts. A lot of times they are turned down. It’s a very selective process. So after we got together recommendations, a bio from her, copies of pictures, sent it all off and waited with bated breath to make sure she was approved, she was actually approved in 24 hours,” said Cindy Madden. 

“Not only is she an artist, which is awesome, but she did scenes of Minden, and has captured forever things in Minden that are historical and important that we don’t ever want to forget. Very few communities have an artist that can do that.”

Mary Long from Ruston, in charge of the American Heritage Committee, presented the National American Heritage Award and the Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Award. Along with the award, Robinson was also presented with an exclusive pin only given in this circumstance, pinned on Robinson by past Dorcheat-Bistineau DAR Chapter Regent Kathy Johnson.

Mayor Nick Cox was also at the event on behalf of the city, reading a proclamation that officially designated September 24, 2023, in Minden as Cora Lou Robinson Day.

“When I think about things like the old Minden High School or Hunter’s playground, things like that, things I was never able to see myself, those images in my mind were painted by Cora Lou Robinson. She’s very special in our history, so it’s a real honor today to present her with this proclamation,” said Mayor Cox. 

Lastly, Courtney Rodgers, daughter of Robinson, shared some loving words to her mother. 

“I was thinking, as we were celebrating my mom today, of one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. One of her quotes came to mind, ‘If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.’ My mother has done just that. Not only with her artwork, as amazing as it is, and the beautiful things that she captures for everyone in this community, but also for the love and support she has shown those who have the pleasure of knowing her. 

“Mom, you always have kind words, and you always make those around you feel so special. You always have, with your students, your family, your friends. You have left a mark on the world with the strokes of your brush, sharing memories of times past, your many gifts and  hours of service to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the auction, the Dorcheat Museum, the community, and all those around you. Thank you for being you. We are blessed because of you and that can never be erased. You’ve made a really big mark on the world. Happy Cora Lou Robinson Day,” said Rodgers.

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