The Toe River Arts Council’s Arts Resource Center is a renovated space above the Spruce Pine Gallery and includes a large multi-purpose room, two classrooms, an office, hallway gallery, storage area, lobby, bathrooms, a covered porch, and street access to the alley behind the building. The building is handi-cap accessible with parking at its back-door entrance. Also as a part of the project, the entire building, that includes the downstairs Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery, was made fire and safety compliant.
The expanded space offers to the community a wide range of new opportunities: art classes and workshops (for all ages), a variety of performance opportunities that will be held both in the new multi-purpose room and outdoors on the covered porch area, a space for smaller exhibits, and a place to network and convene on the arts.
Funding for the renovation centered on providing unique hands on training on the best practices for established and emerging artists on running a small business including technology training, marketing and networking assistance, and branding.
Funding for the renovation was made possible by the Town of Spruce Pine, the Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation, The Golden LEAF Foundation, the Cannon Foundation, Inc., and Progress Energy. TRAC also recognizes the support of numerous individuals who helped with the “pay-off the mortgage” project. The TRAC Board and building committee are continuing on additional improvements to the building that includes additional façade upgrades, signage, and storage for its downstairs’ space. Recently a new awning was installed and signage is being designed and created by local artists, Carl Peverall and Kat Turczyn.
Arts Resource Center 269 Oak Avenue [upstairs-alley entrance] 828.682.7215