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TCVA offers ROAM; its ‘Art Books and Children’ project to be offered this week in two locations

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.

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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 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 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 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.


Media Contact

Lindsay Miller, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts