The Highland Arts Council presents an “Art Affair” on Saturday, April 9, at the Lindendale Park Ballroom in Highland from 7 to 10 p.m. The purpose of the event is to kick off fundraising to match the $10,000 grant awarded to the Highland Arts Council by the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will be used to design a Treehouse Gallery to be built at Lindendale Park.
The evening will feature entertainment from Highland Community Chorus, Ninth & Washington, other soloists, a magician, Triad drama students, plus hors d’oeuvres and beverages. An arts-related silent auction will present donations from regional artists, plus tickets to the Fox, Muny, the Hett, Hard Road Theatre, Highland Community Chorus and sports-related artwork to please a variety of fans.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from any HAC member, by calling (618) 558-0054, or by mailing your check to HAC, 907 Main, Highland, IL 62249.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) granted the Highland Arts Council $10,000 to create the design of a Treehouse Gallery. In order to receive the grant, the Highland Arts Council and the community of Highland must match that grant. HAC needs your help to make it a reality.
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The vision of the Treehouse Gallery is to create a building that will plant Highland’s roots in a rich arts culture. The arts will grow Highland’s community, add to the forward thinking of its residents and the surrounding communities, and draw visitors into the community. An open layout will serve as space for exhibits, education, art fairs, literary readings, theater, dance, and music programs.
HAC’s plan is to build a “treehouse” gallery which could be a work of art in itself. The unique treehouse space could be the hook to bring people to the arts and a space for art- and non-art-related events. Dan Hurford, architect from Glen Carbon, will be the designer of the Treehouse Gallery. He also has designed our initial concept of the building. The gallery will not only be within the trees, but also have a tree sculpture on the outside of the building. Each $250/$500 donation will earn the donor a leaf on the tree engraved with his/her name. As an IRS-designated 501(c)3, all donations to Highland Arts Council are tax deductible within the IRS rules and regulations.