TFAC expansion getting closer to becoming a reality 

Published 11:44 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tryon Fine Arts Center announced that it has reached its funding goal for Stage I of its expansion and renovation project and progress is already being made. Designed to provide performance flexibility, enhance accessibility and improve efficiency, a two-story structure will be constructed on the north facing side of the current building with a beautiful view of Tryon Peak. This space will be used for art education, intimate concerts, plays, readings and as well as community gatherings and fundraisers. In addition, a storage unit constructed above this active use space, located at stage level, will improve operating effectiveness.  


“The foothills community has given generously to this project. We are very thankful to the many individuals who have believed in the need for these improvements and have financially supported this effort. We are particularly grateful to Polk County Community Foundation for its most recent contribution that enabled TFAC to reach this Stage I capital campaign goal”, said Tara Brannon, TFAC President. 

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Architect, John Walters of Tryon and contracting firm Harper Corporation of Greenville, have been meeting regularly with a TFAC building committee since early January. Final engineering drawings are underway and firm bids for the project should be available in early April. 


 “The physical work began this week with soil tests for the foundation. We expect construction can begin within the next few months,” said Marianne Carruth, Executive Director. 


TFAC has been actively engaged in modifying and improving its campus for several years. Over the past 10 years or so TFAC renovated the Veh Stage, demolished 3 older buildings, added 20 parking spaces, built the Peterson Amphitheater, enhanced the Eifert Plaza, modified the auditorium and improved the Wassong Green Room. Numerous generous people from throughout the community have continued to donate to the center as its programs and outreach enhance the lives of so many people. “Countless art loving volunteers have donated their time, talent and resources at TFAC. It is truly the community center that Violet Parish Watson envisioned over 50 years ago. “ said Tim Brannon, Capital Campaign Committee Chair.  


– Submitted by Michelle Flemming