Dear Lover of the Arts,
In the dark of winter in Highland, a group of determined women met “to promote the arts and to provide cultural enrichment for the community.” Following the first recorded minutes on February 11, 1990, they managed to move forward on their goal. Within two years, they had gained corporate status as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and had begun educational programming, workshops, art exhibits, and public performances for all who lived or visited Highland County.
Now, more than a quarter of a century later, the current council needs your help to continue the quest set forth by those women. Over the last year, the Council has been responsible for an increasing number of efforts to “promote the arts and enrich the cultural experience” for Highland County.
- Established the monthly Highland County Presents series with local, regional, and national performers with free or low admission fees
- Supported performances for children in the Highland Schools and public venues
- Mounted monthly art exhibits by local and regional artists at the Library and host receptions for the artists
- Coordinated the art and photography competition at the Highland County Fair
- Brought together artists for annual weekends of painting Highland landscapes
- Granted scholarships for Highland college-bound graduates and high school students
- Organized an annual summer drama camp with public performances
- Opened its facility at The Highland Center for local arts workshops including basket-making and painting
- Raised the funds to purchase a grand piano and a multi-purpose stage for The Highland Center
- Initiated the drive to upgrade the Highland Center auditorium and participated in the fund drive to improve acoustics, lighting, sound, and seating
- Expanded the support for arts in Highland to include funding from regional and state wide organizations and private foundations
To keep this momentum, we need your continued help. It is obvious that live experiences with the arts as viewers or participants are more important now than they were more than a quarter of a century ago.
Below is a link to our membership form. Please join us and make an impact on all our lives and the lives around us. Thank you!