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 this Council is to promote the arts and provide cultural enrichment for the community. Through these workshops, the Council seeks to make Highland a more creative environment for learning and experiencing art on a personal basis.

Along with the mountains and esthetic beauty of Highland county, we are known for our maple syrup. The annual Highland County Maple Festival, held the 2nd and 3rd weekends of March, attracts thousands of visitors to the area to sample this delicious product. This agricultural community also produces exceptional beef, lamb, trout, and fresh produce for your dining pleasure. Many of these can be sampled at local restaurants during the week. 

A highlight of the 2019 Workshops was the Participant Dinner held at the Highland Center on the last night of the sessions. The catered meal was shared by students, instructors, and workshop organizers. Entertainment is provided by local musical talent.  Find out which flavor maple syrup is your favorite ice cream topping for dessert! This is an excellent opportunity to experience a delicious meal of local farm to table cuisine in the fellowship of other participants as you hear about the experiences in other workshops. The Participant Dinner will be held Thursday evening, August 6, 2020.

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. If you have special needs, it is recommended that you bring them with you. Plan on dining with the 2020 Workshops attendees for a special group meal on Thursday Night.  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 are taking Basketry, Eco Dying, Marquetry, Photography, or Pottery we recommend staying in or near Monterey. Barn Quilt students should look for lodging in the Blue Grass Valley. The Stained Glass studio is located in McDowell, VA. 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. Can I take more than one workshop this week?

Our 2020 workshops include  both 3 day options as well as 5 day options.  If you have the desire, you can sign up for up to two workshops over the two week period.  A complete calendar is located in the Workshops tab of this website. 

6. 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.