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© 2019 Highland Arts Academy      photos by Michael Bedwell and Karen Milnes

We Believe Art Is ESSENTIAL To Community.

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 2019 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 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.


5. Can I take more than one workshop this week?

Each workshop is designed to last one week so you will have the skils necessary to design, craft and complete each project. If you are interested in taking an additional class (or have ideas for another art form not offered) please note that on our evaluation form for the following year.

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. 


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 benefits of creativity, we also hope to share other benefits of our country lifestyle. Highland is an agricultural community. We are known for our maple syrup production in the spring. Our farms also raise grass fed beef and sheep, our streams yield trout, and our gardens provide local produce. These pleasures will be shared each night of the workshops with farm to table style meals. Activities such as music, cider and maple syrup tasting, and viewing our dark night skies are also planned for the evenings.