Scarecrow Search ArtWalk

October 10, 2020

Autumn is always a time of change, leaves transforming into glimmering shades of orange and red and yellow as the temperatures take on the crisp feel, telling us that the seasons are evolving. The year 2020 has been many things, but mostly it has been a time of change as humanity collectively navigates uncharted territories again and again.

The Highland Arts Council (HAC), too, had to adapt and change in light of the current situation, and for us that change meant canceling Art in the Park, our major annual event. The cancellation of one event led to the adoption of a new one: Scarecrow Search ArtWalk.  The Scarecrow Search ArtWalk will lead your team on an adventure through our community, following the Highland’s ArtWalk which is available all year. On October 10, the Scarecrow Search ArtWalk will guide you to explore our community and discover the beautiful artwork that is displayed around Highland.

The object of the game is to visit each of the pieces of artwork on the list identified by a scarecrow and snap a picture of your group with the artwork. After visiting the artwork, you will Instant Message (IM) all of your photos to Highland Arts Council on Facebook. The committee will assign points for each photo to determine the winners of two prizes. The team with the most likes on Facebook will receive the People’s Choice Prize. So, ask your friends to like your post of photos and Highland Arts Council’s page. Click here for the registration form and game details. Click here for the ArtWalk brochure.

 Highland Arts Council

The Highland Arts Council actively promotes the Arts in and around the community of Highland, through a variety of activities and projects.

HAC provides a showcase for local artists and an educational opportunity
for many members of the community to be exposed to the Arts.

HAC enriches people's lives through the appreciation of the Arts and
providing educational opportunities involved with the Arts.

The Highland Arts Council is always looking for new and exciting ways to
promote all areas of the Arts as well as providing budding artists, both
young and old, new and creative ways to showcase their art.

Feel - and share with others - the exhilaration of the Arts by becoming a member of the Highland Arts Council today!

Some of the HAC's Activities include:

»  Art in the Park
Held in October, Art in the Park is an outdoor exhibition of works by nearly 70 professional artists at Lindendale Park in Highland, Illinois.
Artists from throughout the country display fine arts in a variety of media.
The members of the Highland Arts Council organize, plan, and produce this event - one of the
Highland community's highlights during the year.

»  Public Exhibitions of Art
The Highland Arts Council looks for opportunities to showcase,
sponsor and display artwork throughout the community of Highland.
One of the council's latest efforts is an on-going exhibition of art at
Pop Pop's Custard and Coffee.

Brady Kesner and Lynnette Schuepbach of the HAC are shown with a mural created at Art in the Park 2010. Highland Mayor Joe Michaelis and Director of Parks and Recreation, Mark Rosen joined them as the murtal was installed for all to see on the Highland Community Pool building.

HAC Mission Statement:

»  Create a forum for people who share a love and interest in the Arts.

»  Promote local appreciation for the ARTS through community events that create enthusiasm and add cultural value.

»  Provide a venue for the appreciation and exposure of local artists.

»  Encourage community access to professional artists and a variety of art forms.

»  Foster and promote community youth involvement in the Arts.

Joining the Highland Arts Council:

Everyone who has a passion for the arts and the desire to join a wonderful community organization is welcome in the Highland Arts Council! You may join as a Student, Individual, Family, Corporation, or Lifetime. Whatever your situation, you will be surrounded by friends who also love the Arts.

We have a lot of fun and we work hard to promote the Arts in the Highland community. We have long time members and we have new members. We welcome those who have lots to contribute and we we welcome those who can only contribute a little. Either way, the Arts Council can be whatever you choose to make it and we're glad to have you... consider becoming a member today!


Monthly Meetings:

The monthly meetings of the Highland Arts Council are held the first Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m. Come join us!

Highland Art in the Park - Cancelled for 2020

It is with a saddened heart that we must cancel Art in the Park for October 9-11, 2020 because of the uncertainty that surrounds the world during this time. It was a difficult decision.  Please check out our upcoming page listing some of the artists you would have met at Art in the Park, a sample of their work and ways that you can connect with them.

Introduction of Paint the Town Plein Air Event Postponed until 2021

Join Highland Arts Council to Support the Arts


If you prefer not to register online, but would like to join, download a Membership Application!

Membership meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at 1312 Broadway, Highland, Illinois 62249.

You are invited to attend, but are NOT required to attend as a member.  If you choose to help with any of our programs, send an email to HAC membership chair. Click here.

HAC Activities Continued

»  Art of Soul Workshops
Art of Soul is a five-week session that meets on Thursday evenings from 7 pm - 9 pm at the Evangelical United Church of Christ to experiment with five different mediums. It began in 2013 partially funded by a grant from the Highland Area Community Foundation. HAC has presented mediums such as watercolors, polymer clay, ceramics, pastels, acrylic painting, origami, felting, and alcohol inks on tiles. You can expect to see many new things each year.  HAC has been excited to see representation from 22 surrounding communities with 50 - 70 people attending each year.  Learn more..

Finished art the day after Street Art Festival

»  Street Art Festival
The streets around Highland's Square become a canvas on a weekend in September. Artists turn the streets into works of art using chalk and the event has become on of the most unique art events in the area. The HAC helps to sponsor the Street Art Fest and also organizes an Art Expo where local artists showcase their work during the event. | See the Street Art Fest Web Pages.


»  Youth Arts Expo
highlights the music, drama, and visual arts presented by youth from middle schools and high schools from Highland Community Schools and surrounding schools. It's an opportunity to show the creativity and brilliance of our young people.