First Lady Yumi Hogan Recognized as an “Influential Marylander”
‘The Daily Record’ Awards First Lady for Advocacy, Arts Education
ANNAPOLIS, MD – First Lady Yumi Hogan is among the 57 Marylanders who were honored by The Daily Record as “2018 Influential Marylanders.” The awards were presented on Thursday at a ceremony in Cockeysville, Maryland.
The Daily Record’s “Influential Marylanders” Award was created in 2006 to honor the state’s leaders and difference-makers in the areas of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The First Lady’s award, in the “Freestyle” area, recognizes her work in the arts, and her advocacy for cancer patients and their families.
“It is an honor to be selected as a 2018 Influential Marylander,” said First Lady Hogan. “Maryland welcomed me with open arms when I immigrated to the United States from South Korea 38 years ago, and I have been fortunate and grateful for the opportunities to share my passion for art education to enrich the lives of others.”
An accomplished artist, Mrs. Hogan is the first Asian-American First Lady in Maryland’s history and the nation’s first Korean-American First Lady. She grew up in a rural village in South Korea before immigrating to the United States several decades ago. Having developed a love for the arts at a young age, as First Lady, she has made it a priority to share her love of the arts with Marylanders of all ages through arts education.
In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 2010, the First Lady has served as the Honorary Chair of the Council for Arts and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she works with the University and Baltimore City to promote the arts. She has juried numerous art exhibitions, including statewide and national competitions by the Maryland Federation of Art. In 2016, she served as jury chair for the new Concourse D Gallery at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, where artists from Maryland and Washington D.C. were selected to feature their work.
The First Lady became a vocal advocate for cancer awareness after her husband, Governor Larry Hogan, was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. Since his diagnosis, she has devoted much of her time to visiting and caring for Marylanders battling cancer, especially children. In 2016, she was awarded the Pheo Para Alliance’s Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award in recognition of her efforts and advocacy on behalf of cancer patients.
In 2017, the First Lady established the Yumi C.A.R.E.S. Foundation, an independent 501c3 organization which launched its first art therapy program for pediatric patients at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). In the name of the foundation, “C.A.R.E.S.” stands for Children’s Art for Recovery, Empowerment and Strength. This art therapy program is the first of its kind in Maryland and represents Mrs. Hogan’s passion for helping children in the hospital heal through art.
In addition to this award from The Daily Record, the First Lady has received a number of awards and recognitions that highlight her contributions to the State of Maryland and the Asian-American community. These include a 2016 Inspirational Leader Award from the International Leadership Foundation, which recognized her as a trailblazing political and community leader and a role model to the Asian-Pacific American community, and a 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) in recognition of her accomplishments in leadership and inspired service to the state and nation.