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Rutherford County is Rich in Culture

Here in Rutherford County, we have a rich cultural environment that includes both visual and performing arts. The centerpiece of our arts scene is the Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Center for the Arts, which is dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities to experience visual and performing arts. In addition, Rutherford County is home to many other organizations that promote the local arts and artists.

The Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Center for the Arts, a beautiful Italian Renaissance building, provides a variety of opportunities to experience visual and performing arts in its 168-seat performance hall and art gallery. The center offers the Celebration Series, a season of entertainment, from September through May, in addition to numerous single performances and touring productions. Operating Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and the art gallery is open Tuesdays – Saturdays 1 pm – 5 pm. Gallery admission is free, and admission to performances varies. For more information, please call (615) 904-ARTS (2787).

In addition to the Center for the Arts, several other Rutherford County organizations host visual arts exhibits and theatre, dance and musical performances.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

  • Murfreesboro Center for the Arts
    Center for the Arts
    The mission for the Center for the Arts, Inc. is to enhance the quality of our community by providing a variety of arts and opportunities, which will educate and entertain people of all ethnicity, ages, and income levels. The Center for the Arts will advance art awareness through quality theatrical productions, musical performances, art exhibits, educational programs, life-long learning and community activities thus improving overall quality of life in our community.
    110 W. College Street
    Murfreesboro 37130
    (615) 904-2787
    Distance: : 0.14 mi
  • Dance Murfreesboro
    Dance Murfreesboro offers quality group classes, private lessons and social dances at an affordable price in a variety of different styles. From ballroom dancing to swing and country, we offer great options for anyone who loves to learn and enjoys dancing. Our classes are aimed toward adults, but we also have many teenage students.
    730-A Middle Tennessee Blvd
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    615-278-9022
    Distance: : 1.37 mi
  • International FolkFest
    Each year, in mid-June, the International Folkloric Society welcomes dancers and musicians from around the world to Murfreesboro for the International Folk Fest. Throughout the week, groups from the likes of Mexico, Canada and south America celebrate international dance, music and arts with performances for local schools, senior citizen organizations, civic organizations and everyone in the community.
    Open: Various performance times
    Murfreesboro, TN
    615-896-3559
    Distance: : 0.00 mi
  • Middle Tennessee Choral Society
    Formed in 1969, the Choral Society, a community-based organization promoting and supporting artistic vocal and choral singing, brings together singers from throughout Murfreesboro and the Middle Tennessee area during its regular season from August through March to rehearse and perform the very best in choral music.
    1301 E Main St
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    Distance: : 1.35 mi
  • Middle Tennessee State University Theatre
    Middle Tennessee State University sponsors numerous theatrical and entertainment events; orchestral, ballet and popular music concerts; and guest performers through its Tucker Theatre and Murphy Center.
    1301 East Main Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    (615) 898-2300
    Distance: : 1.35 mi
  • Spotlite Dance Studio
    Spotlite is a well-established dance studio comprised of 200+ students located in Murfreesboro, TN. Home of a nationally recognized, award-winning competition team. They have a wonderful recital program for those who are not interested in the competitive aspect of dance but want to learn and grow in dances. Also, they offer an amazing tot program and offer adult yoga, pilates and hip hop!
    4075 Luke Court
    Murfreesboro, TN 37128
    615-459-5200
    Distance: : 4.39 mi
  • Springhouse Theatre
    Springhouse Theatre
    Springhouse Theatre presents a year-round slate of high-quality productions that appeal to the secularist as well as the believer. They also conduct summer drama camps for grades 1-12 and provide various educational opportunities for adults throughout the year.
    14119 Old Nashville Hwy
    Smyrna, TN 37167
    (615) 852-8499
    Distance: : 13.06 mi
  • The Center for Chinese Music and Culture
    The Center for Chinese Music and Culture (CCMC) at Middle Tennessee State University opened on March 17th, located on the first floor of the Miller Education Center at 503 Bell Street in Murfreesboro. The Center contains a musical instrument gallery, library, archives, and classrooms. The Center’s activities include exhibiting Chinese musical instruments; hosting visiting scholars and artists; presenting concerts, lectures, and workshops; teaching Chinese musical instruments and ensemble performance; and offering outreach school and community programs in the Middle Tennessee region.
    Open: August to May: Mon-Fri 9:00 A.M- 3:00 P.M May to August: visit by appointment
    503A Bell Street, Suite 1600
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    615-898-5718
    Distance: : 0.52 mi
  • The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra
    The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra
    For nearly 30 years the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra has performed classical, contemporary and pop orchestral pieces for the community. Composed of professional musicians, the caliber of the MSO musicians and the quality of music that they perform continues to impress audiences, both connoisseurs and casual music lovers alike.
    201 E Main St
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 898-1862
    Distance: : 0.04 mi
  • The Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra
    Founded in 1997 with a roster of 17 young musicians, the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra promotes the musical development of area youth through the study and performance of a diverse curriculum of ensemble music. Now in its 12th season, the orchestra has a roster of about 70 young musicians who perform in the community and in area schools.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37133
    615-668-7480
    Distance: : 0.39 mi
  • The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park
    The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park
    This 305-seat theatre showcases musical and theatrical productions, concerts, and special events.
    521 Mercury Blvd
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    (615) 893-7439
    Distance: : 0.63 mi

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

  • Art in the Rotunda
    The City Hall rotunda offers artists an ideal forum to showcase their work with more than 606 square feet in the main round of the rotunda, and another 550-plus square foot along the stairways. The open two-story ceiling with indirect natural light and fluorescent lighting work together to perfectly highlight the artist's talent. All exhibits in the Rotunda are free and open to the public for viewing between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for observed holidays.
    Open: M-F 8am-4:30pm
    Admission: Free
    111 West Vine Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    615-893-5210
    Distance: : 0.17 mi
  • Art in Town Hall
    The Arts Commission works to expand the public experience with the visual arts, promotes the artistic and cultural development of the community and supports diversity in the arts. Visit the art gallery within in Smyrna Town Hall during business hours.
    315 S Lowry St
    Smyrna, TN 37167
    615-459-9742
    Distance: : 11.14 mi
  • Boro Art Crawl
    The Boro Art Crawl is a bimonthly event, that meets the second Friday of every other even month from 6-9pm in Murfreesboro, TN. (Monthly: February, April, June, August, October, December) If you are interested in volunteering for the Boro Art Crawl, please let us know that as well. Extra help is always appreciated. info@boroartcrawl.com For artists that wish to submit an application, please visit: http://boroartcrawl.com/submissions/
    Open: Bi-monthly (second Friday)
    Admission: Free
    Across Downtown Mufreesboro
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Distance: : 3.52 mi
  • Carpe Artista
    Carpe Artista promotes positive culture in the world by developing arts communities and creatives. Offering lessons in all areas of the arts: music, visual, drama, photography, dance, songwriting to book writing.
    101 Front Street
    Smyrna, TN 37167
    615-984-4038
    Distance: : 11.88 mi
  • Murfreesboro Center for the Arts
    Center for the Arts
    The mission for the Center for the Arts, Inc. is to enhance the quality of our community by providing a variety of arts and opportunities, which will educate and entertain people of all ethnicity, ages, and income levels. The Center for the Arts will advance art awareness through quality theatrical productions, musical performances, art exhibits, educational programs, life-long learning and community activities thus improving overall quality of life in our community.
    110 W. College Street
    Murfreesboro 37130
    (615) 904-2787
    Distance: : 0.14 mi
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville)
    Rutherford County is conveniently close to Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a nonprofit art exhibition center with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions.
    919 Broadway
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Distance: : 30.80 mi
  • Mid Tenn Film Fest
    Chances are when you think about Tennessee, filmmaking is not the first thing that comes to your mind. After all, they don't call Nashville, "Music City," for nothing. But film & television production is a rapidly expanding business in the Volunteer State, and Middle Tennessee is at the epicenter of this bustling, vibrant industry, bursting with creative individuals who are cross-pollinating art forms to incorporate music, dance, theatre and film to create new genre-defying works of art.
    Open: Each June
    Smyrna , TN
    Distance: : 11.89 mi
  • Murfree Gallery
    Working alongside local businesses, the MTSU Department of Art through the Todd Art Gallery has collaborated with Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell to create a new community art gallery. With plans to feature ongoing exhibits, Murfree Gallery is located in the lobby and antechamber of the Property Assessor's office on the second floor of the Rutherford County Office Building.
    Admission: Free
    319 N. Maple St.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    Distance: : 0.24 mi
  • Murfreesboro Art League
    Founded by a local group of artists and chartered in 1976, the Murfreesboro Art League is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and maintain a vibrant artistic environment in the Rutherford/ Murfreesboro community. The Murfreesboro Art League offers classes in many disciplines for artists of all levels and has a gallery located in the back of Cannonsburgh Village.
    312 South Front Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    Distance: : 0.29 mi
  • Painting with a Twist
    Have fun painting – No experience necessary! We supply the canvas, brushes & paints. From landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals, brush stroke after brush stroke will bring you closer to completing your own brilliant creation. Take your masterpiece home to enjoy. At the end of the night, you will have a one-of-a-kind creation and hopefully a new found talent you will want to explore!
    2615 Medical Center
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    615-895-8181
    Distance: : 3.36 mi
  • Pottery Place
    A Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studio where you can create art from the heart! Visit the North location too: 149 Wendelwood Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (next to Sprouts) Phone: 615.848.1900 Email: teresa@paintedclaystudio.com
    2615 Medical Center
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    615-893-5556
    Distance: : 3.36 mi
  • TODD Art Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University
    The Todd Art Gallery exhibits works by MTSU's Department of Art and Design. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., closing only for federal, state, and university holidays. Sale of work limited to an arrangement between the artist and interested parties.
    Admission: Free
    542 Old Main Cir
    Murfreesboro, TN 37130
    615-898-5532
    Distance: : 1.30 mi

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