Murfreesboro Cultural Arts 2021 Laureates
Actor Laureate Cameron L. Mitchell
Cameron L. Mitchell is a Memphis native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. After studying abroad in Japan, Cameron found a passion to speak life and bring positivity as a transformational Spoken word artist & actor. He has appeared in theatrical performances such as “Ghost” a Nashville Children’s theater production based on the book “Ghost” written by Jason Reynolds. In addition to being a poet mentor with Southern Word, Cameron has done poetry to open Conferences and events for Metro Nashville’s Principals summit, Oz Arts, high school Graduations, 21(c)Museum Hotels, Bradley Academy museums, Civil Rights Museum, Vanderbilt University, NAACP Murfreesboro, Links INC, Tennessee State University, AAAM & Phi Theta Kappa Honors to name a few. He has produced the one-man show “Blackbird,” & “INFAMI” a poetic ensemble and series. You can find some of his written work in the Murfreesboro Majesty Calendar that is available now for the 2021 calendar year. Many of his works are used to inspire the community, highlight mental health awareness, and spotlight conversations that we need to have as a society. Cameron is the author of the journal with original prompts called “Metanoia: Changing the State of Mind.”
Dancer Laureate Meg Brooker
Meg Brooker, Director of Dance, MTSU, is an artist specializing in early modern dance. She is Artistic Director of Duncan Dance South, a founder of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, and a former company dancer with Lori Belilove & Company/Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation (NYC), holding over fifty original Isadora Duncan choreographies in her repertory. Meg has performed across the United States and internationally in Austria, England, Greece, Holland, and Russia, where she traveled with MTSU dancers for three years. In Tennessee, Meg has appeared with Duncan Dance South at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, and at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. As an educator, Meg teaches master classes and stages Duncan work for university dance programs, performing arts high schools, and private pre-professional training programs. Her choreography has twice been selected by a panel of national adjudicators for inclusion in the American College Dance Association Regional Gala Concerts, and in 2016 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for her work with the Noyes School of Rhythm Foundation Archives. Meg has presented scholarship on early modern dance for Dance Studies Association, Society of Dance History Scholars, Congress on Research in Dance, National Dance Education Organization, and Women in Dance Leadership. She currently serves as Dance Chair for the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Dance. She holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Yale.
Poet Laureate Amie Whittemore
Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press), the 2020-2021 Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and her poems and prose have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Nashville Review, Smartish Pace, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She is the Reviews Editor for Southern Indiana Review and teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.