Students from across Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina have come to TFAC for hands-on arts experiences with a custom-created Arts Immersion Day.

“Arts Immersion Days give small groups the chance to experience many different art forms in a personal way. It’s fun for them to be in this building; it makes them feel special,” says TFAC Executive Director Marianne Carruth. “It also benefits the artists, and gives them the opportunity to share with a new audience.”

Professional visual artists, musicians, dancers and theater professionals come together with students to personally and collectively experience the arts. Arts Immersion Days can be scheduled for 10-60 people, and can be customized to fit your curriculum and students' ages and interests.

For more information or to schedule an Arts Immersion Day for your group, contact Executive Director Marianne Carruth via email or call 828-859-8322.





Spring 2017

Students in Ms. Colleen Stutts’ class at Campobello-Gramling School in Spartanburg District 1 got to experience the arts first hand during their Arts Immersion Day at Tryon Fine Arts Center.

“This is the second year we’ve held this program for the class,” said Marianne Carruth, TFAC Executive Director. “They had a choice of activities—they could choose to go to Carowinds or come back for Arts Immersion Day. I’m glad that we won out!”

The 7th and 8th grade students explored a Steinway grand piano and the music of Bach with pianist Beth Child, while Chris Blalock of Joy Planet Drumming let each of the students play the djembe and learn about African drumming. Local artist Janet Orselli led the class in making collages and ballet instructor Sonya Monts guided a creative dance session. Students also toured TFAC’s Gallery I and the “Showcase of Excellence” exhibit of fellow high school students’ work.