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Art in the Rotunda of Murfreesboro's City Hall is maintained by Cultural Arts, Visualize Murfreesboro and the Murfreesboro Art Committee (MAC). The committee consists of seven members who are appointed for three-year terms. The committee was created by Resolution of the City Council on August 15, 1991.

2022 Visual Arts Laureate
Ends on December 9, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Visual Arts Laureate
The City of Murfreesboro is seeking a Visual Arts Laureate for 2022(term begins January 2022 and ends December 2022).
The Visual Arts Laureate shall be considered a civic appointment and one of honor. 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. The desired outcomes of this initiative are as follows:
• that each year the selected Laureates will use their creative practice to impact their community in a way that they find rewarding,
• that the Laureates will continue to give time to their community projects after their term ends,
• that this program will encourage artists to set goals within their own community,
• and that the community will be enriched by the Laureates’ contributions.
The Laureate program is designed to acknowledge the work and contributions of a local artist. The selected artist will receive a year’s commitment from the City of Murfreesboro involving 1) exposure for the artist’s work 2) support for the artist’s community project(s) for 2022and 3) a $500 monetary award. The laureate will be responsible for exhibiting their creative work and expertise at city events. 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 laid out below.
***Applicants are only eligible for one category of the Laureate program: Poet, Visual Arts, or Performing Arts.***
OBJECTIVES:
The Visual Arts Laureate will serve a term beginning in January 2022 and ending in December 2022. The objectives of the position are as follows:
• Serve as a Visual arts advocate for the City of Murfreesboro to a wide demographic of audiences within the City.
• Raise the profile of artists and contemporary Visual arts discourse in Murfreesboro.
• Create an artistic legacy through public exhibitions and civic interactions.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Have the ability to fulfill their term in residence;
• Attend/Participate/Exhibit in select ceremonial/civic engagement events of our choosing as the Laureate’s schedule permits;
• Submit semi-annual reports on their work to the Cultural Arts Department;
TERM:
The application period is open through December 9, 2021. The Visual Arts Laureate will serve a term beginning in January 2022 and ending in December 2022 and will receive a $500 monetary award. Additional project funds may be available to support Laureate activities dependent upon available financial resources.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
Candidates Must:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Available to attend various city events as designated
• Be a professional artist with a well-established performance/technical history
• Work or reside in Murfreesboro
• Have an established body of work or have been recognized for notable contributions to the Visual arts
• Some of their work should be relevant to Murfreesboro and/or subjects that reflect the life of the city at this particular time in history, or candidate must be able to create this type of work during their term.
SUBMISSIONS:
Submission Deadline – December 9, 2021
Eligible artists and nominators are invited to submit proposals that include the following:
1. A sample of your work/your professional portfolio (please limit video clips to 3 minutes).
2. Curriculum Vitae or resume
3. Confirmation of current place of residence or employment
4. Letter of Intent of 1,000 words maximum detailing:
• The Visual artist’s professional accomplishments and community outreach activities in regard to sharing their love of the arts, and professional resources.
• Why the artist feels they are the best candidate for the Visual Arts Laureate for the City of Murfreesboro.
• How the artist envisions fulfilling their key responsibilities through leading classes, public speaking, and/or other means of representation at different community events.
5. An artist bio of no more than 250 words to be used on the City’s website if the application is selected.
6. Three references that can attest to the artist’s talents and their ability to engage others in their craft.
Submissions are accepted through www.culturalarts.submittable.com
For questions about submissions contact: shicks@murfreesborotn.gov  (615)642-3148
SELECTION PROCESS:
Appointment will be by a selection committee comprised of arts professionals from the community. Submissions will be reviewed on the following criteria:
• The artist has made a significant contribution to Visual arts in Murfreesboro;
• The candidate has influenced other artists;
• Artistic merit of the submission;
As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview with Cultural Arts staff.
RESERVED RIGHTS OF THE CITY OF MURFREESBORO:
The City of Murfreesboro, at its sole discretion, reserves the following rights:
• To request clarification or additional information, as it deems necessary to evaluate submissions;
• To determine suitability of the submission and capability of the prospective artist(s)
• To select the artist(s) that it deems most appropriate for the project;
• To make no selection or to cancel this process at any time;
• To issue public announcements regarding the competition.
This document and any submissions in response to it by prospective artists do not create any binding obligations on the City, the prospective artist, or any other party.

 2022 Poet Laureate

Ends on December 9, 2021

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Poet Laureate

The City of Murfreesboro will recognize its third Poet Laureate in 2022(term begins January 2022 and ends December 2022).

OBJECTIVES:

The Poet Laureate will serve a term beginning in January 2022 and ending in December 2022. The objectives of the position are as follows:

• Serve as a poetry advocate for the City of Murfreesboro to a wide demographic of audiences within the City.

• Raise the profile of Poets and contemporary arts discourse in Murfreesboro.

• Create an artistic legacy through public exhibitions and civic interactions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Have the ability to fulfill their term in residence;

• Attend/Participate/Exhibit in select ceremonial/civic engagement events of our choosing as the Laureate’s schedule permits;

• Participate in at least one “arts advocacy” event, during which the Poet Laureate shares their love of poetry with a non-traditional and/or under-served audience. Examples of arts advocacy events could include (but are not limited to) a live demonstration at a Veterans organization; a workshop at a domestic violence shelter; a group exercise and performance at a correctional institution;

(*Work the artist is already doing with underserved audiences can count)

• Create a body of work inspired by Murfreesboro, including three poems during the one-year term, which will be displayed or performed at the Laureate show in the Rotunda the end of 2022

• Submit semi-annual reports on their work to the Cultural Arts Department;

Poet Laureate applicants should submit a proposal for how you will fulfill the duties of the Artist Laureate – are you willing to teach a master class or camp, are you comfortable with public speaking as it pertains to your art and informing the public about the Laureate program, how will you represent the art community at different community events?

TERM:

The application period is open through December 9, 2021.  The Poet Laureate will serve a term beginning in January 2022 and ending in December 2022 with an optional one-year renewal and will receive a $500 monetary award. Additional project funds may be available to support Laureate activities dependent upon available financial resources.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Candidates Must:

• Be at least 18 years of age

• Available to attend various city events as designated

• Be a professional artist with a well-established exhibition history

• Work or reside in Murfreesboro

• Have an established body of work or have been recognized for notable contributions to the arts

• Some of their work should be relevant to Murfreesboro and/or subjects that reflect the life of the city at this particular time in history, or candidate must be able to create this type of work during their term.

SUBMISSIONS:

Submission Deadline – December 9, 2021

***Applicants are only eligible for one category of the Laureate program: Poet, Painter, or Photographer.***

Eligible artists and nominators are invited to submit proposals that include the following:

1. A sample of your work/your professional portfolio (please limit to 10 poems).

2. Curriculum Vitae or resume

3. Confirmation of current place of residence or employment

4. Letter of Intent of 1,000 words maximum detailing:

• The poet’s professional accomplishments and community outreach activities in regards to sharing their love of poetry, and professional resources.

• Why the poet feels they are the best candidate for the Poet Laureate for the City of Murfreesboro.

5. An artist bio of no more than 250 words to be used on the City’s website if the application is selected.

6. Three references that can attest to the artist’s talents and their ability to engage others in their craft.

Submissions are accepted through culturalartsmurfreesboro.submittable.com

For questions about submissions contact: dhunter@murfreesborotn.gov or 615-962-7725

SELECTION PROCESS:

Appointment will be by a selection committee comprised of arts professionals from the community. Submissions will be reviewed on the following criteria:

• The artist has made a significant contribution to the arts in Murfreesboro;

• The candidate has influenced other local poets;

• Artistic merit of the submission;

As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview with Cultural Arts staff.

RESERVED RIGHTS OF THE CITY OF MURFREESBORO:

The City of Murfreesboro, at its sole discretion, reserves the following rights:

• To request clarification or additional information, as it deems necessary to evaluate submissions;

• To determine suitability of the submission and capability of the prospective artist(s)

• To select the artist(s) that it deems most appropriate for the project;

• To make no selection or to cancel this process at any time;

• To issue public announcements regarding the competition.

This document and any submissions in response to it by prospective artists do not create any binding obligations on the City, the prospective artist, or any other party.


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