Child Leaves TFAC in strong position to move forward

Published 10:00pm Monday, June 2, 2014

Beth Child, executive director of Tryon Fine Arts Center, announced in late April that she will be leaving the arts organization effective May 31. Child has held the leadership role since February of 2010, and says, “This is an exciting time for TFAC. Phase II of the Master Site Plan is off to a solid start, the Main Stage Season is set for next year, and rentals have been confirmed. Our Arts in Education program has never been stronger. All of the established education programs will continue next year and a large part of the funding for the new Junior Appalachian Musician program which begins in September has been secured.”
Volunteer committees are firmly in place to work with the staff to plan the film series, amphitheater programs, and art exhibits in Gallery I. “We have a remarkable and resourceful group of staff and volunteers who have come to see TFAC as a place to create and enjoy all kinds of events,” says Tim Brannon, president of the Board of Directors.
Child continues, “I have a lot of confidence in our volunteers, the search committee, the board and staff. Marianne Carruth is a natural at building relationships with teachers, parents, and educators. Jimm Brink is excellent at handling rentals, and Elizabeth Hartle, as box office manager, loves managing events, working with volunteers and overseeing our donor database.”
Brannon says, “Beth leaves the organization in sound fiscal and physical condition, and we wish her well in her future endeavors. We will miss her conscientious leadership, but we are excited about the future of Tryon Fine Arts Center and what we will continue to bring to the community.”
A committee is launching a search to find the right candidate to continue the forward motion of the 45-year-old organization and lead it to the next level. An in-depth search is being conducted to find the best match for the organization. Until the search is complete and a new executive director is installed, Brannon and other members of the executive committee will keep regular hours at the Center and work closely with the staff to facilitate a smooth transition.
Child continues, “I have always envisioned this facility, with its intimate auditorium and beautiful amphitheater and gardens as one that would draw people in so they’ll feel comfortable coming here often and have great experiences. To have an arts facility like TFAC on a quiet residential street with historic houses and churches, next to one of the oldest libraries in the country, makes it a gem. The current board and staff feel the same way, and have the skill and knowledge to ask the right questions and carry TFAC forward. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

– article submitted
by Marianne Carruth

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