Mission & History

serving tRINITY COUNTY for 50 years

The mission and purpose of the Snyder/Highland Art Center is to offer a place for local and regional artists and artisans to showcase and promote their art in a beautiful setting in downtown Weaverville.

We work hard to assist our local artists in advancing their careers in all aspects of the Arts using modern marketing techniques, offering an Annual Scholarship to a local-area student, and creating lasting community partnerships in Trinity County and the surrounding areas.

In the 1960’s Weaverville was a blue collar logging town with a mining legacy.  The locals led simpler lives, art was considered a frivolity, and there was little to no culture aside from the historic landmarks.  To Lucille and Gilman Snyder however, art was not a luxury.  They became passionate about creating a center for the arts that could nurture the creative spirit of their community.

In 1968 The Snyder’s used their personal finances to make their dreams a reality and purchased a charming 1893 Victorian house in the heart of historic Weaverville.  They established the Highland Art Center as a place where young and old could take classes to develop skills in the arts, and as a gallery to showcase local talent.  Upon their death, the Snyder’s established an endowment that continues to subsidize a portion of the monthly operating costs of the gallery and campus.  The foundation the Snyder’s gifted has allowed the Highland Art Center to remain a pillar for the Arts in Trinity County for almost 50 years.