Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) proudly presents a series of free, live-streamed music and virtual exhibition events. Because Tryon Fine Arts Center is currently closed to live audiences, Illuminations is a first-ever, virtual-only series of events.

Illuminations Through Music and Heritage

This very special artistic and cultural series celebrates the international exploration of music and heritage between students of Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians and students with the Petra National Trust in Jordan (PNT). 

Here is a link sharing just a taste of what our year-long exchange has been like with the youth of Petra Nationality Trust. The first young woman speaking in the film is reciting traditional Bedouin poetry learned from her elders.  Then a showcase of Jordanian and Appalachian instruments... with our youth performing!

Hidden Heritage: Exploring Bedouin and Appalachian Music Traditions

Opens Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m.

This exhibit, filmed and narrated at TFAC, examines the role of the African diaspora in the creation of Bedouin and Appalachian stringed instruments, and highlights the interconnections of these seemingly very different cultures. Both the exhibit and film are curated by Furman University musicologist Julie Moore, who was also consulted for historical musical accuracy on the 2016 A&E production of “Roots.”


Watch the recording of Arabic & Appalachian Fusion, an extraordinary free musical event.

Arabic & Appalachian Fusion

Recorded July 24, 2020

Featuring River Guerguerian, an Armenian/Egyptian percussionist, Adib Chebli, a Lebanese oud player, Old Time musicians Bob and Amy Buckingham, and Bluegrass banjoist Carson Moore. The musicians will play both individual and fusion sets, combining Appalachian and Arab traditions. 

Download the event program

Same Roots, Separate Sounds: Archiving Song Traditions in the Foothills


A multi-media exhibition highlighting local musicians and the various multi-cultural genres they are preserving through photo, video, and audio clips. Artists include Wayne and Kristin Benson, Ella Hennessee and Mary Johnson, Greenville Fine Arts Center Jazz, Tonya Staley, Adib Chebli, and Brandon Turner & Freddie Vanderford. 

Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) provides opportunities and facilities for the entire Carolina Foothills community in order to advance experience and participation in the arts, including music, drama, film, and other cultural endeavors. For more information about how you can support Tryon Fine Arts Center, please click here.


Illuminations Through Music and Heritage  is made possible by the 2019-2020 Communities Connecting Heritage grant from World Learning at the U.S. Department of State.  This exploration between the young people of PacJAM at Tryon Fine Arts Center and those with the Petra National Trust in Jordan led all participants to deepen their understanding of their own heritage while simultaneously exploring of a completely new culture. 

Communities Connecting HeritageSM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.