The Highlands Borough Arts Council was founded in August 2013 as the result of FEMA-sponsored Hurricane Sandy Recovery Committees. Initially we worked cooperatively with Monmouth County Arts Council,
and still do.
From 2014-2015, we were managed as a committee under the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, a registered 501c3..
Highlands is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,005. It is the home town of film maker, director, and comic book writer Kevin Smith. The eastern part of the town is built on a high bluff that overlooks Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean, from which the borough derives its name. Atop this bluff are the Navesink Twin Lights.
Steve Solop is a fixture in Highlands, operating his custom shirt shop for an elite clientele. Steve says, "I cut my teeth manufacturing soft roll button down shirts for Brooks Brothers. There were stops at major fashion houses where Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and other very talented designers were associates. Eventually, landing here, able to offer a sensible product, superior quality at a terrific value. "
Owner Valerie Browning has made Waterwitch Coffee the nexus of the arts in Highlands. Besides serving the finest coffee and pastries in New Jersey, Waterwitch Coffee is host to art exhibits, poetry readings, and music events encompassing jazz, blues, folk and every other genre you can think of.
A seasoned veteran of wedding and family photography, Rob Kneller now specializes in portraiture and event photography for major NJ corporations, A Certified Professional Photographer, Rob has won top competition awards from the NJ Professional Photographers Association.
Longtime patrons to the arts, The Redman family of Rumson has generously donated their talents and dollars to the Highlands Film Fest. Family patriarch Tom Redman, also known as the "Data Doc," provided his expertise in data quality to the Highlands Film Fest.