WHO WE ARE
Based in New York's historic Hudson River Valley, Highlands Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit community group dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in the Town of Highlands.
Nestled between the Storm King and Bear mountains, the communities of Highland Falls, Fort Montgomery and West Point have long played host to numerous artists, writers, musicians and performers. It is with this in mind that HAA was founded.
Highlands Arts Alliance has three main objectives:
- Support the Arts
- Promote Artists
- Enhance life through art
We aim to raise awareness of the many talented, creative individuals in the Town of Highlands, NY through public and virtual exhibitions, arts events and activities, and more while providing a network of support for our members.
In addition, arts education is important to us and we intend to help support and promote art, music and drama within the Highland Falls - Fort Montgomery Central School District. We also plan to provide arts education to the community at large with lectures, lessons and fun creative projects for members and non-members alike.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Jay LeRoy is an artist, graphic designer, and sometimes writer, living in New York's beautiful and historic Hudson Valley. In 2018, he founded Cornwall Arts Collective, a community organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Cornwall, New York. And in March of 2021, he founded Highlands Arts Alliance to promote the arts in the Town of Highlands, New York.
Though predominantly self-taught, Jay studied art and graphic design in high school, mass media production at Rockland Community College and graphic design with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division.
You can find more information about Jay at his website.
OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Oscar Dotter - Artist & Entrepreneur
John Flynn - American Legion Commander, Post 633
Christopher Meyer - Founder of VetRep Theater
Ann Molina - Founder & Executive Director of The Center of Highland Falls, Inc.
Elizabeth Moore - Entrepreneur & Customer Service Specialist
Marie-Elena Ortiz - Director, Highland Falls Library
Gretchen Weerheim - Former Director of Communications for Orange County Arts Council
Member of Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Member of Orange County Arts Council
Member of Town of Highlands Chamber of Commerce