INSIDE MTSU: Arts soar to new level

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MTSU Provost Brad Bartel, left, and College of Liberal Arts Dean Mark Byrnes applaud during the unveiling of the new MTSU Arts logo. MTSU Arts will organize and promote the visual and performance art offerings on campus. (Photo submitted)
If you’ve been around Murfreesboro for more than a few days, you’ve likely heard or read about some wonderful event going on at MTSU — a play, a musical performance, a lecture by some renowned expert-on-something-interesting, a dance recital, a …

You get the idea.

MTSU has never limited itself to 8-to-3 classes. It’s a full-time, full-service institution for the surrounding community as well as students, regardless of the area of interest or expertise.

That’s why the university has launched a new effort to publicize the events, accomplishments, activities and people in the College of Liberal Arts and, more specifically, the fine arts. Universities have long served as centers of culture for their communities.

That means opening our doors to let people see, hear, touch, learn about and join in activities that they might not otherwise find. MTSU has been and will always be honored to provide those opportunities – almost all of them free – to our neighbors as well as our campus.

If you’ve always been fascinated by "Indiana Jones" movies, for example, you got a kick out of hearing real-life egyptologist Donald B. Redford explain his work at the Mendes excavations during the 2011 Strickland Visiting Scholar Lecture.

If you love live theater, you made a point of getting to your (newly comfy) seat in Tucker Theatre early for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or the MTSU Dance Theatre Fall Concert.

You brought out-of-town guests to the renowned Todd Art Gallery to see the inaugural Nashville Art Galleries Showcase or spent a Saturday afternoon at the Baldwin Photographic Gallery pondering “A Space for Faith: Colonial Meeting Houses of New England.”

Your family makes regular outings to the Wright Music Building, where one of MTSU’s stellar student and faculty musical ensembles is ringing the rafters of Hinton Music Hall more than 200 times every year.

If you’re nodding at this point, then you’re already familiar with MTSU’s fine arts.

But our finest art – educating students – always needs a boost of community support, attention and encouragement, which is why the MTSU Arts effort is under way.

University Provost Brad Bartel said, MTSU “not only [is] an economic engine of this state, we are a social and cultural engine of this state. What better way to really learn about the arts than by coming to MTSU for a concert, a recital, an art exhibition and the like?”

The effort to help you learn more about the arts at MTSU is afoot.

You can get the basics now at, and we’ll keep you posted on all the MTSU Arts that you can’t afford to miss.

Y’all save me a seat!

Gina E. Fann works in MTSU’s Office of News and Media Relations and manages content for the university’s news site, She’s also an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts.
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