February 2021 Newsletter





We regret to inform you that we will be rescheduling Bill Heid’s jazz piano performance on  Saturday, February 13 from 7-9 PM.  Please follow us on FaceBook or check this website for more information on rescheduling!





Arts Council Sets Goals for 2021

The annual planning retreat for the Arts Council Board was held on January 9th at The Highland Center.

A primary goal of the organization will continue to be a focus on the mission to, “Make Highland County a Destination for the Arts”. Providing opportunities to both make art as well as enjoy art will be a major objective of this goal.

The Arts Council programs have expanded over the years and Board members have seen increased activity. While growth for any organization is important, 2021 will be a year of refining some of the programs and learning from the experiences in 2020.

Partnerships with other county organizations will be cultivated and communication enhanced so there is more awareness of our programs. This could lead to more cooperative efforts to promote the county.Monthly concerts, workshops, and exhibits will be the focus again in 2021.

The 2nd Saturday’s at 7 concerts have proven to be popular – whether in person or online. The live stream of our November membership meeting and concert broke records. We had over 730 views of the event.

Arts Academy Workshops are in the planning stages. Workshops, instructors, and dates will be announced soon. Some of the canceled events such as the Artists’ Weekend will be rescheduled and may be held during a different season in 2021.

This year will provide its own set of challenges but the Board is excited about plans and the chance to promote, experience, and share art with Highland citizens and visitors to our community.



Member Message: Liz Delahoussaye

Over the years that I have been an Arts Council member the thing I have most enjoyed is showcasing the talents of many, many creative community members in the Mountain View Room of our terrific public library.

While the pandemic is challenging all of our creativity in different ways, I hope we can all make time for some fun creative activities.



Coming Performances

Coming Performances: The Highland County Arts Council will resume the Second Saturdays at Seven series on April 10.

Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman will bring the traditional Bluegrass and old-time mountain music that is the hallmark of The Crooked Road on Tour.

The concert is currently scheduled for the Highland Center, but it may be moved to another location or streamed depending on the pandemic situation in April.The Martha Spencer Trio will perform a concert of Country Music on May 8.


The 2020-2021 season ends with Larnell Starkey and The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers on June 12. The latter will be an outdoors concert at the Highland County Fair Grounds.

The Second Saturday at Seven performances are partially supported by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.

For more information, please see our website: highlandcountyartscouncil.org

Pictured (above): Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman


A New Lease, A New Year

While COVID has changed many plans and activities the Arts Council annually sponsors at the Highland Center, we are looking forward to scheduling concerts and workshops once again.

The Arts Council, along with the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, were original partners in the development of The Highland Center, and are proud of this long term relationship to help the Center become a catalyst for economic and cultural development.

The AC has maintained a presence there through planning, construction and residence in the Highland Inn, and moving back in following renovation.

We celebrate the beginning of a new year in our classroom, artist studio, and Allegheny Mountain Strings Project room.


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