We Believe Art Is ESSENTIAL To Community.

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The Highland Arts Academy is a program of the Highland Arts Council. The purpose of the Council is to promote the arts and provide cultural enrichment for the community. Through the workshops, the Council seeks to make Highland a more creative environment for learning and experiencing art on a personal basis.

Four workshops were launched in 2019 during the last week of July. Participants in basketry, barn quilt painting, pottery, and stained glass enjoyed a week together immersed in learning a new skill with talented instructors. The week ended with a gallery style show and tell where products created during the week were on display. Over 60 people attended this open house and admired the beautiful pieces. 


Based on the success of these workshops, the plans for 2020 included eight over a two week time frame. Unfortunately, COVID interrupted these plans and the workshops were canceled. However, the Arts Academy did not want to lose the momentum gained in 2019 and decided to use the opportunity to adapt and grow. Four workshops that could be safely held outdoors with all participants wearing masks were developed over the course of the summer. They included basketry, Eco printing, barn quilt painting, and broom making.  All workshops filled up quickly.


The 2021 Arts Academy season was planned using what we learned from the feedback of both participants and instructors from the last two years. Our workshops are now one to three days in duration and are spread throughout the season enabling people to take more than one workshop. 

We are proud of the response the workshops have generated and grateful for the enthusiasm of the gifted instructors. We continue to grow and expect 2021 to be a marvelous year. New ideas for workshops continue to be developed so make sure to follow us on Facebook for updates!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you have cell phone service in Highland County?

This is a rural county with limited cell phone coverage. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint coverage in the town of Monterey.


2. Do I need to bring my own food?

Limited groceries are available in this area but we are an agricultural community with local raised beef. Lamb, trout, and produce available. You will not want to leave without buying some of our famous maple syrup to take home with you. If you have special needs, it is recommended that you bring them with you. Listing of local restaurants can be found on the Chamber of Commerce Website. 

3. How do I find lodging?

We have provided a link to the Highland County Chamber of Commerce website that has a complete listing of lodging facilities. If you have further questions, please use our Contact Us page to reach out.

4. What supplies should I bring for my workshop?

While most supplies are provided, the instructors or a staff member will be in touch two weeks prior to your workshop with a complete list of additional supplies needed and/or the cost associated with supplies being provided for you. 

5. What other activities can I enjoy while in Highland? 

Our county offers many free activities including cider tasting, forest bathing, bike rides, star gazing, bird watching, barn quilt tour, driving our scenic roads and more.  You can find a full list including links to local businesses and area activities at the Chamber of Commerce Website.