Explore Art, Cultural, and History on Hilton Head!
Live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Warm ocean waters rimmed by white sand beaches. Meandering rivers weaving through marshes.
Hilton Head has inspired artists, musicians, actors, poets, and writers with its Lowcountry beauty. From Gullah paintings, storytelling, and basketry to contemporary art, theater, music and literature, residents and visitors alike have found their creative spark in the slower pace of island life and its rich cultural heritage.
Plantations of indigo, cotton and lumber once dotted the island. Then as the War between the States raged, the country’s biggest naval battle was fought off our shores in Port Royal Sound. This Union victory led to Mitchelville, the first self-governing freedman’s town in the United States, established here in 1862. Later, in the 1950s, visionary Charles Fraser developed a planned resort community that preserved the natural lushness of the island. As word of this little slice of paradise got out, an artists’ colony emerged.
Today Hilton Head, Bluffton and the surrounding area offer a vibrant literary, music, visual and performing arts scene interlaced with its storied history.
So come for the beach, then kick the sand from between your toes, and get out and explore our galleries, museums, and historic houses. Read our local authors and don’t miss our music, theater, dance performances and festivals.
The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates, and showcases arts and cultural organizations and businesses in the Hilton Head area for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life, and speaking with one voice on cultural issues.
Membership is open to non-profits and for-profit entities in Southern Beaufort County that support the mission of the ACCHH.