Expanding Our View of the Arts in our Foothills

Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Expanding Our View of the Arts in the Foothills Capital Campaign provides for an expansion and remodel of TFAC’s existing building. When fully funded, the Capital Campaign will provide for the current and growing community demand, with 3 major goals for substantial structural improvements:

  • Flexible performance space for student education, intimate concerts and lectures, and enhanced exhibits space
  • Improved patron accessibility
  • Operational efficiency, safety, and additional storage

TFAC lacks space for audiences of ~100 for concerts or performances. TFAC’s existing 315-seat auditorium is perfect for concerts and theatrical performances and the Peterson Amphitheater has been exceedingly popular for jazz, bluegrass and Americana musical programs.

A new addition off the rear of TFAC will provide that needed space and when combined with interior of the existing building, seating for 150 people for community gatherings can be enjoyed. Improved safety and efficiency is a high priority in this new design to meet the demand for the vibrant and dynamic place TFAC is today. Building access has been an issue throughout the life of the building for disabled patrons. The new design is addressing this existing problem.

This year the Capital Campaign Committee established a three staged approach for construction. Stage I will include an additional building and modify some of the existing interior at a cost of $1.5 Million.

Stage I is scheduled to commence First Quarter of 2019.

For detailed information on the Capital Campaign's finances and design plans, please call us 828-859-8322. We're happy to schedule of tour of the facility at your convenience.

Get Involved

An anonymous donor has given TFAC a very special matching gift of $25,000 for the Capital Campaign. Your donation of any size will be doubled, helping us reach our Capital Campaign goal of flexibility, accessibility, and efficiency.

This gift is coincidentally the same amount as the original bequest which led to the founding of Tryon Fine Arts Center.  In the 1960s, Violet Erskine Parish-Watson left $25,000 to be matched by at least 100 members of the community for the purpose of building a center for the arts. The challenge was met and the generosity and vision of these donors has lived on for 50 years.

We're asking the foothills to pull together once again to help expand this vision and improve the facility as we continue to serve the growing demand for the arts in our community. Click here to donate today.