Our Charter

Arts Alive in the Hilltowns, dba Hilltown Arts Alliance (HAA), an association of artists and art enthusiasts, seeks to provide a unifying network to promote, educate, showcase, and support artistic and cultural endeavors. Additionally, HAA will encourage economic development through artistic and cultural tourism in the under-served hilltowns of western Massachusetts.

Our purposes are to:

  • Foster networking opportunities for artists living and working in the hilltowns.
  • Promote and maintain a website which informs the arts community and the general public of events, activities and educational opportunities.
  • Develop resources that support artistic, cultural and educational endeavors including, but not exclusively, fund raising, assisting with grant applications and sponsoring events that reflect the diversity of local artists.
  • Develop an arts center that can be utilized by the artists who live in our region. They may include, but are not limited to dancers, musicians, visual artists, and writers.

The organization is volunteer run with a board of directors voted in at the annual meeting held each May. Officers for 2023-24 include:

President: Kathy Ford

Vice-President: Valerianna Claff

Clerk: Kathryn Jensen

Treasurer: Gabriel Unger

Community Director: Mary Jane Carey

Social Media: Jen Parrish-Hill

Membership is open to any person interested in supporting the cultural and artistic life in the hilltowns. There is an annual membership fee of $15.

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