The Highland Center supports the development of small businesses and non-profit organizations by offering affordable space, shared equipment and technical assistance. Current tenants include:
Highland County Arts Council
The Highland County Arts Council is a founding tenant of The Highland Center. Its mission is to promote the arts and provide cultural enrichment for the community, and it has sponsored and directed dozens of performances in The Highland Center’s auditorium. The Council maintains an arts room at the Center that is used for workshops and classes, and each summer it hosts an arts and drama camp for youth. Visit their Facebook page Highland County Arts for upcoming events.
Highland County Chamber of Commerce
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce, another founding tenant of The Highland Center, promotes tourism and business development in Highland County. It sponsors numerous festivals and maintains a visitors’ center with knowledgeable staff, brochures, maps, postcards and more. The Chamber also promotes Highland tourism through regional initiatives such as Fields of Gold and Virginia’s Western Highlands. For more information contact Executive Director Dorothy Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 468-2550.
Valley Program for Aging Services
Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) provides hot meals to seniors in Highland and Bath Counties. Over one thousand home-delivered meals are prepared out of The Highland Center’s commercial kitchen each month. For information contact Harmony Leonard at (540) 468-2178 or email@example.com. VPAS also sponsors Second Wind — a “senior center without walls”, providing social, recreational, and educational programs at a variety of locations around Highland County. By partnering with the Ruritans, the Highland Center, the Public Library, the Highland Medical Center, local churches, and others for use of their facilities, residents will be able to attend SECOND WIND events convenient to where they live. For the most recent calendar of programs, Click Here. For information contact Harmony Leonard at (540) 468-2178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dance Academy
Instructor Anna Gregory has danced professionally with the Memphis Ballet and Rhode Island Festival Ballet. The Dance Academy opened at the Center in 2006 and has expanded its classical ballet instruction to Bath and Pocahontas Counties. Former students have gone on to participate in prestigious programs, such as the Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information call Anna Gregory at (540) 396-3644.
Highland County Strings
Highland County Strings is led by instructor Gretta Sandberg, a retired teacher from McLean Public Schools with over 40 years of music education experience. Gretta started Highland Strings in fall 2011 as part of the Allegheny Mountain String Project through Garth Newel Music Center, an effort to bring string instrument education to the Allegheny Highlands. Classes are available for children and adults, with performance opportunities throughout the year. For more information call Gretta Sandberg at (540) 468-2769.
The Highland Center provides working studios and gallery space for two visual artists. The large windows in the Center’s old classrooms provide ample natural light, and artists find encouragement and inspiration working in a cooperative environment. Retail opportunities are also available through the Center’s many events and farmers’ markets.
The Highland Center Offices
View our staff page to learn more about the people behind The Highland Center. For small businesses and non-profits, the Center operates a business resource center with books, software, videos and more. Shared equipment such as a laminator, color printer, copier and fax machine are also available.