The Highland Arts Council (HAC) has been notified that they will receive a $10,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant was designated for a mural to be placed on the west wall of the Weinheimer Building to honor its past and to shine a light on the future of Highland and the Weinheimer Building as a part of the community.

“This was quite an honor for the Highland Arts Council,” reported Lynnette Schuepbach, president of the organization.  “A representative for the NEA actually called us to ask if we wanted to apply for the grant. It was unusual to have a national organization call us, but we received it as an honor and applied. This is the second time that the NEA has shown confidence in HAC and its mission to bring art to the community, and the community has stepped up to match the grants. We are honored and thrilled.”

Schuepbach continued, “Because the building is over 50 years old, we needed approval from the Highland City Council and the State Historic Preservation Office as part of the grant process. Since we are not damaging the structure of the building, we received the approval. The Highland Arts Council is proud of its Art Walk and the ways in which art has enhanced our city. We plan to expand the Art Walk and build Highland’s reputation to be the Arts Mecca of the Metro East as a Mural City.”

This grant will help bring renowned artists from St. Louis, Robert Fishbone and his daughter Liza, to paint the mural after the design has been approved by the HAC and the City Council. In addition, there may be an opportunity for people from the community to paint part of the background of the design, under the artists’ directions, to make it an interactive experience.  This interaction of the community will continue the purpose of the Weinheimer Building, which was built to bring our community together. It has done that since 1949 through the generosity of forward thinkers within the city.

The HAC is extending an invitation to citizens, businesses and organizations from the community who see the value in creating beauty in our city. We encourage you to partner with us to develop a mural that will bring people into our community and expand the local economy. As a donor, you will share ownership of Highland’s newest community art. Engraved bricks will replace the small area of landscaping in front of the wall.  People of the community and beyond have the option to buy a brick to keep Highland’s history moving forward and to help match the grant. Honor or remember you or your family’s name, your business’, or your organization’s name. These bricks will commemorate every business, organization and/or person who knows the value of keeping art alive in our city. To receive an order form, call 618-558-0054, email or download it here. Pave the way for community art.

Highland Fountain on the Square: Reprint from original artwork by Patricia Ballwin using alcohol inks on tiles.

Louis Latzer Memorial Library, Highland, IL: Reprint of original artwork by Patricia Ballwin using alcohol inks on tiles.

Highland City Hall Clock Tower: Reprint of original artwork by Patricia Ballwin using alcohol inks on tiles.

Highland Note Cards

These note cards of a few Highland icons are perfect to send to friends and relatives away from our city and support the Highland Arts Council with your purchase. Read more.


 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!

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.

Monthly Meetings:

The monthly meetings of the Highland Arts Council are held the first Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Chamber Office, 1216 Main St, Highland, IL 62249. Come join us!

Highland Art in the Park - October 8-10, 2021

Join us for Art in the Park for October 8-10, 2021 - outdoors and indoors! We will take precautions to keep you all safe so that you can enjoy the creations shared by our artists. Find out more. For the artist.

Join Highland Arts Council to Support the Arts

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!


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 via Zoom.

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.

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.


»  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.




»  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.


Art Walk »  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.