The Highlands Museum of the Arts and the Visual Arts Center

Our current exhibit at MOTA is by world renowned Photographer Fred Leavitt. Fred is currently a Sebring FL. resident, but has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, The Middle East and the Orient doing various photographic essays. He has been a Pulitzer Prize Nominee, he is published and has photographs in permanent exhibits and collections including The Vatican. Show has been extended through October 31, 2021.

Also something to add to your calendar: THE COSTUME SHOW~ A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, a collaboration between the Highlands Lakeside Theatre and the Highlands Art League.

Artist’s Opening Reception Saturday, October 9, 2021, 5-7 pm. Show runs through November 10, 2021.

Ongoing GALS AND PALS OPEN PAIINT Every Tuesday morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Free to all Highlands Art League Members.

The Highlands Art League (HAL) is a 501 c3 non profit organization formed in 1966 by a visionary group that identified the need for a cultural entity within the county that would bring awareness of the visual arts and support for the endeavors of local and regional artists.  This group included Aronette Schneck, Lillian Depp and Elsa Kahn.  The organization provides art education for kids and adults; studio, gallery and exhibit space for artists and art collections, an annual Race to Taste Culinary, Wine and Beer Tasting Gala, the annual Fine Arts Festival.   HAL is responsible for all repair, maintenance, utilities, security, insurance, taxes of the buildings and property as well as all expenses associated with our different programs, activities and exhibits, so HAL relies heavily on the support of community  such as yourself.  If you would like to donate to the Highlands Art League click here

To encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts


  • HAL intends to improve and maintain the campus to thrive and provide a community for artists at all levels. Due to challenges in 2020, we have released two of our buildings, The Clovelly House and Yellow House, back to the city to focus on maintaining the longevity of HAL and MoTA to best serve the continued needs of our community.
  • HAL hopes to increase its offerings for 2020 and beyond and serve 5,000+ established and evolving artists in our community via classes, exhibits, workshops, camps, festival, art competitions, studio space and programming.
  • With support from community and regional sponsors, HAL hopes to raise funds to: 1) develop a stronger kids and teen art education program year round, 2) expand its Artist in Residency Program in a new format,  3) expand programs and activities for artists of all ages and abilities and 4) continue growth in arts and culture for the county.

    With your support and involvement, more individuals (of all ages) will receive exposure to art and cultural in our community, which often leads to positive, life-changing impacts.  The benefits of art education in communities has been proven in the areas of: Health, Interpersonal, Social, Cultural and Economic.

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