Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge: The Arts Council was successful in its application for the grant to support the performances at the Highland Center.  The Foundation awarded $3000.  When the Council uses that money to match performance grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, it can double the funds available.

Arts Council and the Chamber: The Council met with Josh Umar to discuss areas where the two organization can work together.  Consideration was given to programming for the Maple Festival, the Hands and Harvest Festival, and support for initiatives to complete the work on the Highland Center Auditorium.

Artists’ Weekend: The annual weekend is June 29-30.  The relaxing low-key event, dubbed “just for the joy of it,” has artists coming from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond and other locations.  The event will not only generate art, but it will also infuse the local economy with funds.  A Sunday, June 30, Wet Paint Show will be open to the public at the Highland Center.  For more information check the Highland Chamber of Commerce website or contact Liz Delahoussaye at

2019 Arts Academy – Creative learning in a tranquil environment:
Reserve your space in the Arts Academy Summer Workshops today!  Registration will remain open through June or until workshops in Barn Quilt Painting, Basketry, Pottery, and Stained Glass are filled.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn a new skill or simply enjoy the company of fellow artists along with a talented instructor as you create a lasting memory. Workshops will be held July 29- Aug 2 with extended days of July 22- 24 for pottery.  For complete information on workshops, schedules, and registration visit

May Performances: On May 11, Bobby BlackHat Band gave Highland a taste of the Blues.  A surprise was the invitation and recruitment of Jason Canze to play with the group.  He did us proud.  Many in the audience have requested that we invite the group back.

The Highland Middle School and High School Bands: “Coming Soon to a Theater Near You,” a concert featuring the music of hit movie and Broadway musicals was played to a nearly full house with parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends of the arts.  Jason Canze said it would be “a band concert of epic proportion!”  He was right. 

June Performance: Two artists from The Crooked Road will bring traditional Appalachian music to the the Highland Center.  Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia, who sing southern song-duets and play powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo tunes.  Admission for the Saturday, June 15, 7 pm performance is $10 for adults, $5 for students 15-18, and free for children under 15.

Summer Drama Camp: Caroline Smith is returning to the Boards with a production of How to Eat Like a Child by Delia Ephron.  The musical will be performed by students in the summer camp.  Smith says the musical “celebrates the joys and sorrows of being a child.”  The Drama Camp will be held at the Highland Elementary School the week of June 24-28.  Performances will be the 28thand 29th.  Tuition is $95 plus an additional script fee.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Caroline Smith at for more information.

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