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Unity Project

The Exhibits Committee of Tryon Fine Arts Center is embarking on a new community art project under the leadership of John Wilkins and with the financial support of Polk County Community Foundation. Entitled the UNITY project, this special project will have three major parts – visual arts, music and spoken word.

The first in this series is a visual arts project designed to engage the foothills community in a conversation about unity through the creation of artworks that capture both individual and collective visions of unity. This art project will provide opportunities for local amateur and professional artists to work together as well as opportunities to directly involve and engage students, adults and senior citizens in an art project. 


Working together, local artists will create a work of art that will express a combined vision of unity on three 4’ x 8’ panels. Local artists will volunteer their time & talent to develop the unity theme and execute a cohesive project. The final product will be displayed at TFAC for 30 days for receptions and discussions before being put on tour to selected locations in our foothills.


Local arts professionals will lead community members, from students to adults to seniors, in a series of mixed-media/collage workshops. At the workshops, community members will be provided a small canvas, basic art supplies and guidance on how to express and execute their individual visions of unity. The resulting individual artworks will be hung together and displayed at TFAC. After approximately 30 days the individual canvases can be claimed and removed by their owners.

Raleigh-based professional artist Eric McRay, will be on hand March 31st-April 1st to lead two important workshops to begin the project. McRay will lead a teaching workshop designed for local arts professionals willing to serve as workshop session leaders, facilitating the mixed-media/collage workshops noted above. McRay will also lead several hands-on workshops for community members from students to seniors.