Hilton Head Island Culture

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

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Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a showcase for professional performing and visual arts, as well as cultural festivals and educational outreach. The Arts Center also offers community education. This includes Visual and Performing Arts Camps, Theater Camp, and other workshops and classes.

The Coastal Discovery Museum

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Coastal Discovery Museum, located at 100 William Hilton Parkway, offers a variety of programs, activities, and indoor and outdoor exhibits year-round to over 125,000 visitors. They include the Sea Island Classroom, the History Time-line Exhibit, and the Museum Store, plus 11 different tours and cruises around the island. The Coastal Discovery Museum also leases the 68-acre Honey Horn Plantation from the Town of Hilton Head Island. The museum uses the land to educate residents and visitors about the history, culture and natural environment of the Lowcountry and Hilton Head Island.

The Hilton Head Choral Society

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Hilton Head Choral Society, founded in 1975, is a non-profit organization “open to community members who love to sing and enjoy good fellowship.” The choirs of the Hilton Head Choral Society are known for their diverse musical repertoire. They feature classical masterworks and pops concerts. They also play patriotic and Americana, gospel and musical theatre, a 20-voice chamber choir and a youth choir. The 120-member full chorus presents four major programs per season: A Fall Pops Concert, The Christmas Concert, The Musical Masterworks Concert and a pair of Memorial Day concerts celebrating the art of American choral singing and a patriotic tribute.

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra was started 25 years ago by a handful of musicians and classical music aficionados. These folks dreamed of bringing “big city” culture to Hilton Head. Since then, they have transformed from a small group of classical music lovers to a highly rated symphony orchestra. Their main performance hall is the First Presbyterian Church on William Hilton Parkway, next to Fire Station 3. A branch formed from the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is the Hilton Head Youth Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra helps young musicians across the county with their love for music.

Arts Council of Beaufort County

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ACBC’s mission is to promote and foster the arts of Beaufort County, South Carolina, including Hilton Head Island. ACBC’s vision is to position and maintain Beaufort County as a vibrant arts community. It is also promotes active marketing, service to current arts organizations and artists and advocacy for the arts. ACBC programs include:

  • Quarterly Community Arts Grants
  • The Ever Expanding Arts Calendar
  • Get Your Art Out emerging artist initiative
  • The print publication ArtNews
  • Arts of the Roundtables, which are free quarterly seminars exploring the business of art.

The Main Street Youth Theatre

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Main Street Youth Theatre, located on the north end of the island on Main Street, is a non-profit community theatre dedicated to enriching the lives of the islands youth by providing a true theatrical experience. Each year, MSYT performs Broadway quality shows that run about 2 months at a time. During the tourist season, MSYT is a major tourist attraction and is also a local hot spot year round. The organization also provides acting, dance, and vocal instruction after school and during the summer.