TFAC receives $40,000 donation to help with programs, building fund

Published 10:26 am Friday, February 18, 2011


An anonymous donation of $40,000 last fall will help Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) bring an internationally-acclaimed ensemble from Ireland and add a generous amount to funds for capital improvements.

This gift, from a donor who also helped other local organizations recently, is an expression of belief in the work that local nonprofits do day in and day out. Participating as artist, performer or observer fosters innovation, imagination, critical thinking and collaboration. TFAC strives to provide a variety of experiences to reach a broad range of tastes and abilities and has been doing so for 42 years.

Part of this gift will help underwrite the final main stage show of the season on Thursday, March 10 featuring Danú, a traditional Irish group. Danú has won numerous awards for their ability to transfer the unique social energy and convivial passion of the lively “craic” (informal gathering) to the concert stage.

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“Their wild spontaneity and breathtaking musical power have made them one of the most in-demand touring groups today,” states JMI Music Agency.

This anonymous gift will also be added to other donors’ gifts for capital improvements at the center. Discussions about these improvements have been part of a recent strategic planning session made possible by the Bradley Fund at Polk County Community Foundation.

Executive director Beth Child said, “The future is exciting for TFAC because of support from members of the community who know the value of ongoing arts experiences. Our board of directors envisions a facility that is a hub of activity for all ages and for downtown Tryon. Improvements are necessary to make that dream a reality.”

For more information about the March 10 performance, call 828-859-8322 or visit or

Visit TFAC during business hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.