Laureate Program

We are very pleased and excited to announce the Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureates for 2023: 
Performing Arts Laureate Kara Kemp and Poet Laureate Mike JamesCultural Arts

          Mike James Kara Kemp 

Read more about Kara and Mike in their Bios...

The Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureate Program is a notable honor for local artists, providing recipients with further opportunities to educate, advocate and represent the community through their own creative initiatives.  Laureates serve for one year with an optional one-year renewal.

The Laureates are considered a civic appointment and one of honor. The Laureate program is designed to acknowledge the work and contributions of local artists. The selected artists receive a year’s commitment for exposure and community support for the work they do and a $500 monetary award. In turn, the Laureates will complete new work inspired by Murfreesboro, exhibit their practice and expertise at city events and complete several community outreach arts- related projects that will target non-traditional and/or under-served audiences during their tenure as Laureate. Laureates serve for one year. 

To be considered for the Laureate Program candidates must live or work in Murfreesboro, fill out the requisite program application and agree to the responsibilities of the Laureate. 

The Cultural Arts Laureate Program was founded with the intent to give experienced individual artists an opportunity to share their talents with their community, offer youth citizens and emerging artists role models within their own community, and to encourage and nurture the growing arts and creative culture in Murfreesboro. Each year the selected Laureates will use their creative practice to impact their community in a rewarding way. This program encourages artists to set goals within their own community and the community will be served by the arts, and lives will be enriched by the work of the Laureates.