The Murray Arts Council was established in 1977 by then-Mayor LaRell D. Muir. His vision was to bring community theater productions and other arts events to the city. For several years the council sponsored a musical production in Murray Park, constructing a stage and renting sound and lighting equipment. The dream was to have a city-owned outdoor amphitheater constructed in Murray Park. That dream became reality in the early 1980s. Today, the tradition of theater and concerts is going strong.