Town's new department seeks to promote arts, culture, history

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The Town of Hilton Head Island's Office of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to be celebrating its one-year anniversary.

During this past year, we have hit the ground running, working to promote and support the art, culture and history resources that our island has to offer.

As this is our first arts and culture article for the Hilton Head Sun, we'd like to offer a quick glimpse at some of the exciting projects that we have cooking:

First, if you have not visited it yet, surf to our new website, CultureHHI.org. It is the Town's hub for information about art, entertainment, history, and culture activities and organizations found on the Island.

The calendar on the site is the most comprehensive listing of events on the island. You will want to bookmark the page to stay up-to-date and get behind scenes sneak peeks.

We invite all visual, performing and literary artists, as well as arts, history and cultural organizations and businesses on the island to register on the site and create a page to promote what you have going on.

One of the principal goals of the site is to support our local arts and culture community by sharing information and demonstrating the great depth of assets that we have to offer.

When you visit CultureHHI.org, be sure to sign up for the mailing list to receive our biweekly newsletter of events and feature articles about the interesting people and activities on Hilton Head Island.

The Office of Cultural Affairs is also active on Facebook at @CultureHHI and Instagram at @Culture_HHI, so there are many different ways to stay informed.

Coming up, mark your calendars for 3 p.m. Oct. 2, for the opening of the newly installed art gallery at Town Hall. The Artist's Gallery at Town Hall is an initiative to celebrate the contributions made by the island's art community to the Town.

The Artist's Gallery is a public forum to highlight local artists, creating a space to showcase their work and an opportunity for our Town to honor the important role art plays in our community. The gallery is located just outside the Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers.

The gallery is being presented in partnership with the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head, presenters of Crescendo, the month-long celebration of the arts, culture and history on Hilton Head Island in October.

On that note, I'll share a pro-tip. Be sure to visit the Arts and Cultural Council's website, hiltonheadartsdaily.org, for up-to-date information about Crescendo. You will find more than 80 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences and educational offerings.

This is a great time to go out and enjoy the depth of the creative community on this island.

I look forward to using this space in the coming months to connect our community with the rich and exciting offerings that our arts and culture resources contribute to our island and meeting those of you whom I have not met yet.

Jenn McEwen is the director of the Town of Hilton Head Island's Office of Cultural Affairs.

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