BOONE—The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University continues its long-term commitment to strengthen community participation in the arts with new programs this summer. The most recent addition is the Regional Outreach Art Mobile (ROAM) – a traveling classroom of supplies to inspire artists of all ages and abilities to discover their artist within through creativity and design.
One of ROAM’s offerings will be “Art Books and Children” (ABC), in which participants will create an artistic response to the words of well-known authors. ABC will be hosted by Western Watauga County Library on Wednesday, June 22, and Green Valley Park on June 21 and 28, with more dates later this summer. Visit tcva.org for all days and times.
ROAM has already been present at community events at the Jones House on select Friday nights and at Relay for Life.
Pegge Laine, the Turchin Center’s community outreach coordinator, said, “Our mobile van and the ROAM program make materials and inspiration available to community members and their imagination and creativity do the rest.”
The ROAM program supports the center’s vision to be an engaging and accessible resource responding to diverse educational, cultural and health needs by meeting participants wherever they are in their personal relationship with the visual arts and providing them with opportunities to access the power of the arts to help learn, grow and heal.
In addition to connecting with local community organizations such as Western Youth Network and the Hospitality House via ROAM, the Turchin Center’s outreach programs also include on-campus workshops such as Inkalicious and Blazing Easels.
Visit TCVA.org for a full calendar listing of ROAM events and programs this summer.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.
For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, please call (828) 262-3017 or visit www.tcva.org. You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.
The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: WNC Magazine, Charter Media, Mountain Television Network, High Country 365, Classic Hits 100.7, 106.1FM & 102.3FM The Highway, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9, WETS 89.5 and WASU 90.5FM.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Lindsay Miller, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts