Founded in 1948, the Virginia Highlands Festival is an annual, 10-day event devoted to the celebration of Southwest Virginian heritage and rich Appalachian tradition. Held in historic Abingdon, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Festival attracts more than 175,000 visitors each year. The Festival was selected as the “Best Art Event” by the readers of Virginia Living magazine in 2019, recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society and has been consistently named as one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Tourist Attractions over the past four decades. In 2019, the 71st Virginia Highlands Festival will run from July 26-August 4 and feature live concerts, a juried arts and crafts show, and an antique market, as well as workshops, lectures and tours. To learn more about the Virginia Highlands Festival and this year’s events, please visit vahighlandsfestival.com.
The William King Museum of Art is a visual arts and cultural heritage museum serving the residents of Abingdon and the surrounding communities, as well as visitors who are seeking enjoyable and enriching visual arts experiences. Founded in 1989 and housed in a historic 1913 former school, WKMA has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of Southwest Virginia and beyond for over 20 years. The only nationally accredited museum in Virginia west of Roanoke, WKMA offers a world class art experience–at the Museum with rotating exhibitions and in-house classes, and through the highly popular Van Gogh Outreach program, which provides art education to 13 southern Virginia and eastern Kentucky school districts. WKMA is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. If you would like to contribute to the Annual Fund, become a member, or donate to special projects, contact Nikki Hicks, Director of Annual Fund, at 275 628 5005 ext. 113 or at email@example.com.