MTSU, community collaborate Oct. 9 on 1st of new nature-focused arts workshops

Oct 07, 2021 at 11:42 am by WGNS

Photo: Meg Brooker, associate professor and director of the MTSU Dance Program

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Multiple MTSU departments are collaborating on “Green is the New Blue,” a new nature-focused, monthly community arts workshop series that begins this Saturday, Oct. 9, with an outdoor dance event. 

Meg Brooker, associate professor and director of the MTSU Dance Program and the current Murfreesboro dance laureate, will be joined Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon by Patricia Collins, a visiting dance educator from Massachusetts, at the boardwalk at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. 

“The Body in Nature” will be a Noyes Rhythm somatic dance workshop, which draws on nature imagery to develop strength, coordination and efficient movement patterning.  

Brooker and Collins will help participants explore a simple sequence of technique exercises, developed by early 20th-century dance artist Florence Fleming Noyes and inspired by the outdoor setting, and will guide them in an inclusive and joyful dance improvisation. 

No prior dance experience is necessary. This event and the entire monthly series of “Green is the New Blue” workshops are free to the public.

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“Green is the New Blue,” which brings together community teaching artists, naturalists and MTSU professors, will guide participants in creatively connecting with each other, themselves and the natural world, organizers say. 

The workshops, led by artist and naturalist duos, will focus on movement and dance, writing and visual arts. 

“‘Green is the New Blue' is inspired by the idea of ‘blue sky dreaming,’ or boundless creativity, nurtured by time in nature,” said Amie Whittemore, the project coordinator and the director of MTSU Write, a creative writing program in the MTSU Department of English that offers individualized, from-home coaching to writers at all levels nationwide.  

The title also plays on MTSU’s “True Blue” brand since multiple MTSU departments are involved, added Whittemore, who also is Murfreesboro’s current poet laureate and an English lecturer at the university. 

A visual art workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, with Megan Kelley, a Nashville-based studio artist and writer.  

Additional monthly workshops are planned January through May 2022, winding up with a series-ending celebration in June. 



The two-hour workshops are recommended for participants ages 16 and older. They’re free with funding and support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Greater Nashville Regional Council and the MTSU Department of Art and Design, Department of Theatre and Dance and the English department, as well as the MTSU Office of the University Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Center for Environmental Education. 

Brooker, MTSU art professor Erin Anfinson and biology education professor Kim Sadler are helping Whittemore with workshop planning alongside MTSU alumna and MTSU Write mentor Kory Wells. Wells also is founder of Poetry in the Boro and the community liaison for the new arts series. 

Pre-registration is requested. For more information and to register for the October or November events, see or go to at the MTSU Write website. 



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