Marshall County Arts Commission selected to Create Ky Ornaments

Ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia to be displayed at the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C.


(Filed October 24, 2012) 

Benton, KY – The Marshall County Arts Commission has been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Kentucky’s tree for the 2012 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced.
Valera Brooks and art students from Marshall County High School, Benton and South Marshall Middle schools join local artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia who were selected to design and create 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree.

“It is an honor to be selected because it gives our youth an opportunity to display their artistic talent,” said Valera Brooks, MCAC spokesperson. “We are excited to be a part of the National Christmas Tree display because it helps showcase Marshall County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Gifted art students from Marshall County High School, Benton Middle School, and South Marshall Middle School were selected by their teachers to work with Mrs. Brooks in the creative design of the ornaments. Most of the ornaments are being painted with acrylic paint with the theme of Christmas in Kentucky State Parks.

“We are very pleased that the Marshall County Arts Commission and the youth of Marshall County will represent Kentucky in this year’s National Christmas Tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This time honored tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.”

Four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park will kick off with the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The exact date of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be announced in mid-October.

As one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, President’s Park hosts a variety of family oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.

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The mission of the Marshall County Arts Commission is to insure the inclusion of the cultural heritage of the Arts in Marshall County, aid in providing venue opportunities for Arts presentations by and for the citizens of Marshall County and assist in securing financial support for these provisions. The Commission seeks to serve as a catalyst for the development of an appreciation for the Arts as a whole and all the disciplines therein.

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