Arts & Culture

— Aficionados of the fine arts at Middle Tennessee State University have a new opportunity to show and share their love of both by becoming members of the MTSU Arts Patron Society for the 2015-16 season.

The university offers hundreds of visual and performing arts events to the public each year, most at no charge, but those MTSU art, dance, music and theatre offerings are not free to present. 

– Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced the May 19 release of their third album, Monterey, and will bring their 2015 concert tour to Nashville with a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on November 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Young Murfreesboro and Rutherford County artists’ interpretations of America’s diversified unity are the focus of a special invitational exhibit at MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery beginning Thursday, May 14. 

The city and county schools students created works of art with a theme of “E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One,” showing how many people, races, cultures and religions come together to create the United States. 

April Gunter, a theatre teacher at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, has been named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Over the past 10 years, Gunter has actively participated in TPAC Education programs, arranging field trips for students to see plays, applying TPAC lesson plans in her classroom, and regularly attending professional development training offered by Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT), TPAC’s annual season for young people.

MTSU sociology and anthropology professor William H. “Will” Leggett’s work is part of a new art exhibit opening Tuesday, May 5, in the Rotunda Gallery of Murfreesboro’s City Hall, located at 111 W. Main St.

Leggett, a cultural anthropologist who focuses his academic expertise on globalization, colonization, economic anthropology and urban anthropology, is a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the MTSU Foundation and a member of the advisory board for MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and the university’s Institutional Review Board.

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