Crescendo Poster for 2018 is announced

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CRESCENDO-Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry.” Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head, September 27, 2018 - November 15, 2018.

Crescendo Opening Night Event- Thursday September 27, 2018 at Coastal Discovery Museum and Inauguration of the 2018 Public Art Exhibition sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

CRESCENDO-THE SECOND ANNUAL Arts, Culture and History Celebration, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH), will be held September 27- November 15, 2018.  The Opening Night event will take place on Thursday September 27, 2018 at the Coastal Discovery Museum with free guided public art tours, ticket give-aways, exhibitions, performances and refreshments. And especially for the Crescendo opening night event, the public is invited to help inaugurate Crescendo and the 2018 Public Art Exhibition sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The exhibit will run September 27, 2018-January 31, 2019 at the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island.

Crescendo, a regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community.   

According to ACCHH President, Patti Maurer, ”Arts and cultural patrons of all ages are invited to help celebrate this important six week-long event in our community by attending or participating in any of the myriad of outstanding and engaging cultural programs offered, many free or reasonably priced, and highlighted on the ACCHH website’s calendar.”  To see a listing of all arts and culture events happening for Crescendo and beyond, please go to

The 2018 CRESCENDO Celebration features 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 which are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

National Arts and Humanities Month, first launched 30 years ago by Americans for the Arts, includes these goals: Focus on the arts at local, state and national levels, Encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts, Allowing Governments and businesses to show their support of the arts and Raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

“Building on the success of our inaugural Crescendo event last year, we’ve added even more engaging, informative, and educational events to the calendar. Our ACCHH membership has grown – and so has the number of cultural activities available during this special event,” said Natalie Hefter, ACCHH Crescendo Chair. We hope that everyone in the community, residents as well as visitors, will come out and support the incredible arts, culture and history organizations, working artists and high-quality arts programs we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Just go to our website and explore our calendar to find out what you can see, learn, or experience during CRESCENDO. Our community is full of talented individuals sharing their expertise and passion with visitors and residents alike.”

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. Currently, more than 40 arts, cultural and history organizations as well as individual artists in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area make up the diverse membership.

CRESCENDO Celebration is sponsored in part by The Hilton Head Monthly, The Island Packet, Hilton Head/ Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

For event information, please go to or contact Crescendo Chair, Natalie Hefter by email at or 843-689-6767 x 225. For ACCHH membership information, please contact Vice-Chair, Linda Bloom at, or 916-205-3504.

For more information about the 2018 Public Art Exhibition sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to be held September 27, 2018-January 31, 2019 at Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island, please contact:  Jean Heyduck at

Crescendo! Month of Arts, Culture & History receives a proclamation from the Town of Hilton Head


September 27, 2017 - the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head held its kickoff reception for Crescendo! - the month (plus) of the Arts, Culture and History. During the event, the Mayor, David Bennett, read the proclamation citing this initial edition of Crescendo!

Crescendo! will feature over fifty events, and growing, from now until November 10 covering all aspects of Arts, Culture & History. Our calendar groups things into categories of Things to View, Learn and Do! A special calendar of Crescendo! events can be found on the Council's website -