TCarts Facility

Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787)

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center.

TC Arts is a non-profit organization with the mission to "To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County." The Arts Council receives support from TC Arts Members-the local community, Transylvania County Schools, Duke Energy, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Arts In Our Schools

Become a member of the Arts Council! Individual memberships are the primary source of income for TC Arts. Memberships allow us to produce and maintain community outreach programs such as Arts-in-Schools. Membership also keeps you informed about arts happenings in Transylvania County. For more information on memberships or sponsorship opportunties call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or email Tammy Hopkins .

Thank you for visiting our TC Arts Website. Feel free to contact us with your comments or questions or visit us at the TC Arts Center,  weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transylvania Community Arts Center is located at 349 South Caldwell Street, in Brevard, NC. Please visit our other website for the arts of Brevard and Transylvania County at

Winners Announced for the 2014 TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition

The Transylvania Community Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC is proud to announce the winners of the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition that was held Friday night at Brevard Little Theatre. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “It was a fun evening filled with 21 youth from Transylvania County singing, playing instruments, acting and dancing. I am so proud to work with this group of talented young people. Its amazing watching them learn and grow and improve each year.”

Taking top honors in the 10 – 13 year old category: 1st Place: Madeline Dierauf – fiddle; 2nd Place: Greta Cullipher – singing; 3rd Place: - Brooklyn Rising – singing. The winners for the 14 – 17 year old category were: 1st Place: Claire Griffin – singing, dancing and acting; 2nd Place: Sarah & Maya Borhaug – comedy skit; 3rd Place: Madeline Lefler – singing. And the Grand Champion for the evening was Claire Griffin with her rendition of “Ring Them Belles.”

TC Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC would like to thank the following judges for working the finals: Marla Cilley, Stan Moress, Faith Quesenberry-Malloy, Jennifer Merrell, Don DeBiase, Sammy Kicklighter and Ann Sharpsteen. A special thank you goes to our judges that worked with the kids during auditions to improve their performances: Jennifer Merrell, Tammy Hopkins, Ann Sharpsteen and Don DeBiase. The Emcee for the finals was the ever funny and entertaining Lori Roberts and helping her backstage was Betsy Langston, Bob Stacy, Paula Wesley, and Matt Sharpsteen. Helping TC Arts Council to coordinate this event was Ann Sharpsteen and Rick Slone of Executive Planners, NC.

TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.

Grand Champion for the Finals: Claire Griffin wins Grand Champion
Friday night at the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition.
L to R: Rick Slone - Executive Planners, NC, Claire Griffin - Grand Champion,
and Lori Roberts - Emcee for the evening.

Talent finals 10 - 13 year olds
L to R: Brooklyn Rising - 3rd Place, Greta Cullipher - 2nd Place
and Madeline Dierauf - 1st Place

Talent Finals 14 - 17 years old
L to R: Madeline Lefler - 3rd place, Maya & Sarah Borhaug - 2nd Place
and 1st place Claire Griffin.
The TC Arts Council is a non-profit 501 c3 arts organization that promotes ALL ARTS in Transylvania County. To learn more about the TC Arts Council call 828-884-2787. To learn more about the arts community in Brevard and Transylvania County go to


Kid's Campaign Launches

The Transylvania Community Arts Council believes that strong arts programs in schools are essential for all students. Unfortunately, due to major cutbacks in government funding and grant cuts TCArts faces the possibility of having to scale back its arts in schools programming.

For this reason, and in celebration and continuing support of 27 years of Arts-in-Schools programming, TCArts is launching its 2012 / 2013 Arts-in-Schools Kids Campaign.

To donate contact Tammy at TCarts: 828-884-2787.

Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Last year, Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending--$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, "$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included."

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

What We Do

·         Artist-in-Residence:  NC artists spend a week in the schools, giving students a hands-on art experience.

·         School Performance Series: Every county student attends a live, professional performance annually, featuring multi-cultural music, theatre, opera, storytelling and dance.

·         Take Art to Heart:  Volunteers present monthly art lessons to first, second and fifth grade students.

·         Student Art Show: Students, grades K through 12, proudly exhibit their art work at the TC Arts Gallery.

·      Summer Art Camp: More than 80 children find creative expression through painting, pottery and dance.


What You Can Do


Join our campaign to provide theater, music, opera, dance and week-long residencies in county schools. Your donation of $250 enables TCArts to reach an entire classroom of young people for one year with our Take Art to Heart Program. A donation of $1,000 enables us to put an Artist in Residence for one week in one school.


Arts in the Schools depends on you. We hope you will be generous in supporting this important aspect of our mission to celebrate and nurture the creative spirit in our county.

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

  Artwork from the Transylvania County Student Art Show

In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787)

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center.