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Thank You! (Also, we're closed next week.)
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/22/15.

With Thanksgiving week upon us, we wanted to take a minute to express a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has participated at the Arts Center or supported the Arts Foundation over the past 9 1/2 years. We hope we have served and loved you well. Without question, you have served and loved us! Thank you.

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities." - Psalm 103

P.S. We are closed the entire week of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday and time with your family and friends. We'll see you when we return on Monday, November 30th.

We Need Your Help Now, More Than Ever!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/19/15.

At Trinity Arts Center, we believe in the difference that the Gospel makes, and we believe that the arts are a great way to communicate the Gospel to others and to participate in worship and service ourselves. Because of this conviction, we say "yes" every time a student or parent asks for help with tuition and we seek out opportunities to be generous in supporting the arts in our community.

I struggled with sending this message to you, but here's the truth: We need your help. As we wrap up the year, we find ourselves around $20,000 short of where we need to be, with no way to meet that need except God's faithfulness, perhaps through your generosity. If you feel led, please make a tax-deductible donation today.

We need your help.

Trinity Arts Foundation
909 Chase Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604

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Support The Arts Through!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/19/15.

For those of you who shop on, it is super-easy to support the arts every time you shop. Just visit, select the Trinity Arts Foundation as your preferred charity, and shop away. It's a great way to give back!

Speaking of giving back, thanks to all of you who have supported the Trinity Arts Center and the Trinity Arts Foundation for the past nine years. We'll eclipse $50,000 in scholarships and grants for this semester (over $350,000 since 2006), and we are looking to do much more in the future. We are super proud of the work that our teachers and students are doing in our community. We know it changes lives and we really appreciate your ongoing support.

P.S. Please keep us on your short list for charitable giving this year. We could really use your help. Thanks!

Support The Arts Through!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/08/15.

For 2016, we've set a goal to give away $50,000 in scholarships and $6,000 in grants to local low-income schools (we're on pace to surpass $350,000 in total grants and scholarships since 2006). To do that, we need your help. Whether it's $10, $100, or $10,000, please consider a year-end gift. We can't do it without you.

Who is the Trinity Arts Foundation?

Since 2006, the Trinity Arts Foundation, a non-profit 501c(3) organization, and the Trinity Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary arts school, have connected with students, parents, artists, teachers, and patrons to provide God-honoring arts education and performance opportunities in the Tri-Cities area. Through hundreds of educational workshops, classes, and live performances; and more than $350,000 in performance grants and educational scholarships, the Arts Foundation continues to press into its mission to support Christian musicians, dancers, actors, teachers, artists, writers, and directors who aspire to create programs and performance that balance excellence with accessibility, passion with purity, and truth with love.

We believe that art is meaningful, that stories are inspirational, that music is universal, that dance is beautiful, that creativity is valuable, and that God is good.

For more information, visit Make a difference by donating online, dropping off a year-end gift, or mailing one to: Trinity Arts Foundation, 909 Chase Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604. Thanks!

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Tickets For God With Us Are Available Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/26/15.

Tickets for the 10th annual performance of "God With Us", our original, full-length ballet retelling the story of Christmas through dance and classic and contemporary Christmas music, are available today! Make "God With Us" a part of your family's Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

We're Closed Next Week For Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/02/15.

Trinity Arts Center is closed next week (Monday, October 5th through Saturday, October 10th) for Fall Break. My suggestion for the week: Hike up to Round Bald on Roan Mountain to enjoy one of the best views in the area and pick the last of this year's wild blueberries (if there are any left). It's a pretty short hike that is well worth the view.

P.S. Tuition reminders will go out again today. Whether you're past-due or settling up for the next quarter, please get those in ASAP. Thanks!

P.S.S. A hike around the lake at Bay's Mountain is pretty high on my fall list too, although that will be prettier once the leaves change (it looks a bit like the photo above).

The Nutcracker & The Land Of Sweets!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/14/15.

Join us on November 13th, 14th, or 15th for an abbreviated, forty-five minute, kid-friendly performance of The Nutcracker, and a follow-up photo opportunity with all of the characters from the show.

Performances will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Saturday, and 3:00 PM on Sunday, with visits from your favorite dancers in the main lobby after each performance. Bring your cameras and take advantage of the Nutcracker themed decorations and costumed characters, who will travel around the room, visiting and taking photos with attendees. Tickets for the performance are $5 and can be purchased at the front desk or at Order early, as seating is limited to around 100 per show.

Tap Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/13/15.

Beginning Tuesday, October 13th, tap classes are returning to Trinity Arts Center! Molly Gumbert will be teaching two levels to start (Tap 2 at 5:00 and Tap 1 at 6:00), with plans to launch an adult class soon. If you're interested, please let us know.

Tuition is the same as for all dance classes -- $120 per quarter, $220 per semester, or $400 per year, pro-rated for when you begin. Drop in for a free, trial class first, to make sure it's a good fit. We'd love to have you!

We Are Open For Labor Day!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/06/15.

We are open for Labor Day (although we won't hold it against you if you choose to sneak in a day at the lake or a family trip this weekend). By the way... We're always open for the single-day holidays, except for Thanksgiving (where we take the whole week off). Our other breaks (fall, Christmas, spring) line up with the Johnson City school schedule.

By the way... Our online calendar is always up-to-date if you have a question about when we're open or closed, or about upcoming recitals, tuition deadlines, or productions. We'll publish info about snow days in a couple months (we do our own thing there too). We'll see you soon!

Our Dance Program Is Growing, Again!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/20/15.

Trinity Arts Center is building yet another dance studio (our fourth), to make room for more early childhood classes, more hip-hop classes, more boy's/men's classes, and more adult ballet classes. If you're considering Trinity Arts Center as your dance studio, we're making room for you! Come dance with us!

Class begin on August 3rd, with offerings for every age/experience level, including adults. Drop in for a free trial class, call, or email Tanya to schedule a private evaluation. Whether you're looking for top-notch ballet training, an opportunity to reconnect with a lost love of dance, or just to express yourself and have fun with other creative people... We'd love to see you in class!

Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, Drums... Try A Free Lesson!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/20/15.

"The only proof I needed for the existence of God was music." (Vonnegut) ~ At Trinity Arts Center, we have ten private music rooms full of instructors, artists, worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians who love music, and love to share that love of music with others. Drop in for a free, trial lesson and see if our instructors can inspire you!

By the way... If you're a teacher who fits the description above, we'd love to add you to our little community. We're always growing, and always looking for new talent. Give me a shout if that's you.

Weekly Art Classes For Littles, Tweens, and Teens!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/20/15.

This year, we're continuing to expand our fine arts program, with three levels of art classes designed for littles (6-8), tweens (9-12), or teens and adults (13+). Classes for all three age groups are offered on Tuesday or Thursday. Come bring your creativity to life, and connect with other artists. We'd love to see you there!

All three classes will introduce students to a variety of art techniques as part of an all inclusive, general fine arts curriculum. We're here to encourage, train, and inspire you. Come be creative, and learn the skills to bring your vision and voice to life!

Classes Begin On August 3rd!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/10/15.

With the new school year just three weeks away, it's time to lock up your class and lesson times for the fall! If you'd like to meet in person, we'll be at the Arts Center every Monday in July from 4:00-8:00. Of course, you can always email or call as well. Our private music schedule is already more than half full, with several classes at capacity. Don't wait. Now is the time!

Don't hesitate to call or email if you've already sent me your registration request and would like to confirm. I'll be sending out tuition invoices this week. Your $40 registration fee is required to hold your spot. Tuition isn't due until the first week of classes (although you're welcome to pay it online and avoid the lines at the front desk). Visit to see this year's class schedule. See you soon!

Summer Music Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/15.

Like to keep from losing momentum and stalling progress over the summer, but need some flexibility for vacations and camps? Sign up for summer lessons and only pay for the weeks you're available. We have teachers available on all of our regular instruments. Call or shoot me an email for more info.

Summer lessons are being offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, starting at 2:30 in the afternoon. Tuition is a flat $17 per week x the number of lessons you are able to make, with no registration fee or extras. Call or email for more info. The majority of our teachers will begin the week of June 1st.

Summer Break Begins On Friday, May 22nd!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/15.

After this week's snow make-up days (Monday through Thursday only), we're on break from our regular classes and lessons until August 3rd. We do still have lots of summer art classes, dance intensives, and music lessons though. Scroll down the page a bit, or check the calendar for those.

P.S. Now is the best time of year to lock up the class and lesson times you need for the fall. Download next year's schedule, then call or email to hold your spots. We'll be a bit slower than usual to respond, but we'll get back to you asap.

Eight-Week Summer Art Workshops For All Ages!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/04/15.

Beginning June 2nd, we're launching an eight-week series of art classes for students of all ages (including adults). Students in all levels will experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques. Whatever your age or skill level, this is a great chance to take your creativity to new heights (and for moms, it's a great chance to get the kids out of the house for a couple hours, and make a mess at our place instead of yours).

Classes will be offered on three different days, from 10:00-12:00 on Tuesday, for ages 6-8, Wednesday, for ages 9-12, or Thursday, for ages 13 and up. The cost, for eight weeks (sixteen hours) of instruction, including all materials, is $200. Call or email to hold a spot. Space is limited, to ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction.

Battle of the Bands - Summer/Studio Edition!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/04/15.

This summer, we're taking our Battle of the Bands student songwriting workshop to the next level with a Studio Edition that will bring students from the rehearsal space into the recording studio! If you're a talented young musician who would like to take the next step in your musical journey; this is exactly what you're looking for.

This two-week intensive will include daily, three-hour rehearsals the week of June 22nd through June 26th, and a single 8-hour block of recording time at The Sound Asylum recording studio in Johnson City in week two. As with our "regular" Battle of the Bands workshops, you'll work with a coach to write original music with other talented musicians. The difference, is that instead of ten one-hour rehearsals, you'll get an intense fifteen hours of rehearsals in a single week, then transition to the studio to record, mix, and master your creation.

The workshop is limited to just four bands, and participants will have to audition so that we can match ages, playing ability, and styles, and ensure a positive writing and recording experience. Of course, you're welcome to bring your existing friends and/or bandmates to participate as well. Any style is welcome.

The cost to participate is $300, which will include rehearsals, studio time, a digital copy of your song, and lunch every day that we're in session (lunch and the studio time alone are worth more than $400). Bands will rehearse from either 9-12 or 1-4 each day, with an hour of crossover for lunch and hanging out, then will spend one eight-hour day in the studio the following week, recording their masterpiece (schedule to be determined by the coaches).

Call or email to schedule a private evaluation/audition. We'll continue scheduling those until all four rehearsal times are filled. We're imagining somewhere between 16 and 20 students total, so act quickly if you're interested. This could fill very fast.

Registration Is Open For The 2015-2016 School Year!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/01/15.

Registration is open for the 2015-2016 school year! We highly recommend grabbing your preferred class and lesson times early as some classes fill quickly. The deadline to keep your existing lesson times for the new school year is Friday, May 15th.

As always, private music students have the option to carry their existing lesson times into the new school year by registering before Friday, May 15th. If you're new, or are hoping to grab new lesson times for the coming school year, this is the best time of year to do that. You'll have more choices now than at any other time of the year.

For more information, Download the 2015-2016 registration form, call, or email. Existing students don't need to complete a new registration form. We already have your info on file, and can hold spots, and take tuition payments, at the front desk or over the phone. As always, check the online calendar for start dates, summer camps, and performances. Call or email if you have any questions. Thanks!

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