The Wilson and Carol Trueblood Performing Arts Center is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization providing a multi-purpose 263 seat theater on Washington Island. The TPAC facility was made possible through a generous bequest from long-time summer residents Ruth and Wilson Trueblood, a gift of land and initial endowment funding from Arni and Mary Richter, and substantial support (financial and otherwise) from the Washington Island Foundation and more than 800 individual, family and business volunteers and donors. The TPAC is named in honor of Wilson and his daughter, Carol, and the performance chamber is named in honor of Mary Richter.
The mission of the TPAC is to provide and maintain a public facility in which creativity may flourish and to encourage public participation and entertainment for the residents and visitors of Washington Island.
Since its grand opening in 2004, the TPAC has been host to a multitude of entertaining and educational events featuring exceptional talent from the Island and other communities in Door County and Wisconsin, including at least two (and usually three) productions each season by the Island Players, two weeks of classical music performance, education and appreciation by the Washington Island Music Festival, the annual week long retreat Forum for clergy and laypersons sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, and special community events sponsored by the Washington Island School, the American Legion, the Art and Nature Center, Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, the Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofit Island organizations.
In June of 2010 extensive renovation work was completed, permitting the facility to be open year-round. New sidewalks, exterior and interior lighting, dressing rooms, state-of-the-art video projection and sound systems and beautiful gardens and manicured grounds make the TPAC theater property an ideal venue for its full schedule of diverse programming (both in the theater and outside on the patio and expansive front lawn), as evidenced by the TPAC Schedule of Events.
We are delighted to be able to provide a first class facility to celebrate, entertain and educate all Washington Island year-round and seasonal residents and visitors.
Photo credit: Dan Landbo