Established in 1968 by Gilman and Lucille Snyder, the Highland Art Center is the culmination of a dream to foster culture and creativity in Trinity County. At the time, Weaverville was a working town with few frills; but the Snyders saw potential for this to become a quaint artistic mountain town. They believed that by creating a place to gather artists and celebrate their work, they could improve the local community and increase tourism. They purchased the white farmhouse on Main Street for it's location and historic appeal, then spent the remainder of their lives investing in their dream of establishing it as a cultural center. Upon their deaths they created the Snyder/Highland Foundation as a way of further supporting the Art Center, and through the careful management of the Board members that Foundation has been able to continue to support the Highland Art Center for 50 years. Join us as we celebrate what the Highland has been, cast vision for where the Highland is going, and raise a glass to the couple who were pioneers in establishing what is now a thriving cultural framework in our little mountain town.