What Makes Up the Huron Valley Council for the Arts

Our Vision



The mission of the HVCA is to enhance the cultural life of the region through programs that enrich and entertain, through arts education and through the promotion of artists.


HVCA’s vision is to be the preeminent arts and cultural center in southeast Michigan, a center which improves and supports all aspects of the artistic life experience for all individuals.

Core Values

HVCA’s core values are guidelines that describe how we as an organization expect HVCA staff members and volunteers to conduct themselves

Integrity We adhere to the highest levels of integrity, honesty and ethical behavior.

Leadership We look to our board of directors to be knowledgeable of HVCA operations, to demonstrate effective leadership and to employ good governance practices. We encourage staff initiative and leadership, and we strive to be a model nonprofit organization.

Leadership, Inspiration and Positive Change We maintain the authority to lead, the creativity to inspire, and the will to foster positive social change through the arts.

Collaboration We practice teamwork internally and work together with external partners in an open, cooperative and respectful manner to further foster and encourage the arts in all forms and mediums for all audiences.

Accountability We hold ourselves responsible for operating HVCA as a business, being fiscally responsible, adhering to ethical principles and maintaining professionalism in all endeavors.

Diversity We exist to serve the general and artistic community. We respect and welcome visitors, artists, volunteers, staff, sponsors and business and municipal partners of every religion, race and gender in the spirit of inclusiveness, while encouraging diversity of thought.

Volunteerism We maximize the participation of professional and highly competent volunteers to achieve our mission.

Value We provide effective, affordable arts programming that enriches our community.

Goals & Objectives


As a regional center for arts and culture Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) is a uniting voice for the arts and arts support within the region.  Based in western Oakland County, HVCA is committed to working with and supporting activities of established and aspiring visual and performing artists and organizations, located in and around western Oakland County.  HVCA’s mission is to enhance the cultural life of the region through programs that enrich and entertain, through arts education and through support of artists.

HVCA’s goals and objectives for the next five years are:

  • To provide on-going exhibitions, performances and educational classes and artistic opportunities
  • To cultivate a diverse environment
  • To establish on-going partnerships with supporting municipalities
  • To expand the outreach of our educational programming to a broader regional constituency
  • Strengthen current relationships and/or partnerships with other arts organizations, businesses and community groups
  • To enhance our regional collaborations with community partners through shared resources
  • Promote & grow arts appreciation & education efforts, especially within schools from preschool to collegiate level
  • To enter new market areas currently not served by HVCA
  • Increase revenues to sustain HVCA’s operations & to meet the ongoing and changing needs of the community
  • Strategically identify and recruit new board members who’s skill sets augment HVCA’s current board leadership   


Executive Director- Erin Sabo is a Michigan native who was raised in Dearborn. She attended undergrad at Albion College before moving to the left coast to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation, Erin moved to New York City where she worked for Broadway, Off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway Theatre productions as a casting associate, assistant General Manager, House Manager and Company Manager. She returned to Michigan in 2010 and got the three great loves of her life; her husband AJ and her two sons, Nolan (age 7) and Lachlan (age 2). She currently resides in White Lake, MI and is the Executive Director for the Huron Valley Council of the Arts where she produces over 60 events each year including three large art festivals, two music series and multiple education and youth programs. She is also the owner of Creativity in a Click, an event and marketing production company. Erin has received the Emerging Leaders scholarship from Theatre Communications Group, a Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences grant, a Huron Valley Hero award and most recently was awarded the only mid-career scholarship in the nation to the Americans for the Arts Convention. 

Office Manager- Maggie Dashevich

Board of Directors

Gaylord Gill
Vice President
Ros Smith
Sylvia Ashton           
Lori Verbrugge
Denise Forrest
Jill Bahm
Georgia Bingham
Alicia Gostek

Employment Opportunities


Marketing Intern-  Huron Valley Council for the Arts is seeking a Marketing Intern to assist in the management of  HVCA and the ART SHOP located inside the historic Highland station gallery building. Intern will work directly with the Executive Director and Art Shop Manager on branding, merchandising, marketing, POS system and artist recruitment. Daily activities will include running the Art Shop, working with Artists and being an Ambassador for HVCA. Artists are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to executivedirector@huronvalleyarts.org

2015 Annual Report

Below you will find a link to the HVCA 2015 Annual Report generated from the Cultural Data Project

Download Here

The HVCA Board of Directors
Monthly Meeting

The Board of Directors meet the second Monday of every month
at 5:30 pm, Highland Station House.

All members welcome.

Gallery and Community Room Rental


You can rent HVCA for your special event, class or meeting by contacting Executive Director, Erin Sabo by email or phone


Rental fees are discounted for Huron Valley Council for the Arts members and other nonprofits. Piano tuning charges are applicable for all piano usage. 

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Gallery & Art Shop Hours
Tuesday10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday - Monday Closed

Huron Valley Council for the Arts
205 West Livingston Road
Highland, MI 48357


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