Grants: The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge awarded a third grant to the Arts Council to support the monthly performances at the Highland Center.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts awarded an operational grant to the Council for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  The Council also received two matching grants thus far to support VCA performers.

Web Site: The Council has contracted with Augusta Free Press to redesign

Highland Arts Academy: The 2019 Summer Workshops are almost here with pottery beginning on July 22, basketry and stained glass on July 29. The planning for the inaugural year of this Arts Council initiative has been an exciting process and we are pleased to have great participation. The only workshop that will not be provided as planned is Barn Quilt Painting due to lack of enrollment, but instructor Margie Boesch has been more than gracious as we learn what works this year. She is now happy to be taking a workshop! Registration closes on July 8 and we have a few openings left so act fast if you are interested and visit You will not want to miss the Show & Tell scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019 from 1 – 4 pm. Participants of the workshops will have their creations on display at the Highland Center for the public to see.

Partnerships: The Arts Council is working with the Highland County Chamber of Commerce to bring entertainment to the Hands and Harvest Festival and the Maple Festival. The goal is to provide family entertainment as well as entertainment that might persuade a visitor to extend their stay.  The Council is also working with the Tourism Council for a grant to promote Highland as an arts destination.

Garth Newell Emerging Artists: The annual concert by young artists from Garth  Newell will be on Tuesday August 6th at 7 pm in the Highland Center.

Second Saturday at Seven: The Arts Council will continue its monthly performance at the Highland Center in September 2019 and continuing to June 2020.  Confirmed for the Fall season: Square Dance by Ellen Ratcliffe on September 14th; Barbara Lawson for two afternoon performances on October 12th; the McCoy Sister’s memorial concert by The Original Rhondels; the Arts Council Anniversary performance by Richard Williams Trio and local talent on November 9th; and A Christmas Drama on December 14th

Artists’ Weekend: Liz Delahoussaye reported the weekend was a success with a largest turn out on record. Thirty-seven artists from around Virginia participated in the informal outdoor painting event. The weekend culminated in a Wet Paint Show on Sunday afternoon at the Highland Center. Over 100 works were shown, representing many views of Highland County.  Nearly 100 visitors admired the works and many paintings went home with them. 

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