The UNITY Project: Bringing the community together through art

The UNITY Project is well underway! This exciting new initiative-led by John Wilkins and a team of community volunteers-is supported by a Polk County Community Foundation Free Events Grant.

We’ve already hosted a number of sessions (with more to come) that let professional artists and community members unleash their creativity to create a multimedia collage and define what “unity” means to them.

If you’d like to join us, there’s still time to sign up for the final session on April 8th at Landrum Library.

 Work is underway on the 3 large panels for professional artists.

 Raleigh-based artist Eric McRay leads a workshop in the creation of multi-media collages.


 Local students learn about the art of collage from McRay, and then try their hand at creating their own.

Shadow Puppets at Polk County Schools

As a member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Team SC1996, TFAC works to facilitate professional development opportunities in the arts. As part of this commitment, we recently presented a workshop on shadow puppets with Teaching Artist Hobey Ford at Polk County Schools’ Professional Development Day. Teachers from across the county received hands-on instruction in integrating shadow puppetry into their classroom. Thank you to Main Street Financial for sponsoring this fun opportunity!

TFAC Receives Grant from Polk County Community Foundation

Tryon Fine Arts Center received an Organizational Strengthening and Board Planning Grant from the Polk County Community Foundation which was used to hold a strategic planning session consider questions and choices that face the organization.  TFAC’s Board of Directors engaged Sandra Kidd of Atlanta consulting firm Alexander Haas to lead the session.

Rigging Renovations

Talk about a throwback, check out the rigging renovations from this summer.

Thanks to support from the Polk County Community Foundation, TFAC was able to update and modernize the fly system above the stage, in order to maintain the world-class performing arts space for the Foothills community.

Thank you to PCCF, Barbizon Lighting, and all the volunteers that made the project possible!

Putting on a show

Check out a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together a performance. Technical Director Jimm and Technical Associate Michelle set up for the Roots Music Festival in downtown Tryon.

Welcome to TFAC’s new website!

Thank you for visiting us at! We are currently in the process of updating our website, ticketing software, and social media presence.

Look around and see what’s new at TFAC. If you run into any issues as we work out the ‘bugs’, please don’t hesitate to contact TFAC at 828-859-8322 or email

See you soon!

Michelle Fleming

Manager, Marketing & Public Relations

Technical Associate