Head Island is celebrated for much more than its recreational
offerings; now, it shares acclaim for its arts and cultural pursuits.
The island is endowed with a strong medley of visual and performing
arts, including dance, theater, music and art.
in the heart of Hilton Head is the Self Family Arts Center, a
remarkable showcase for the visual and performing arts. It houses
not only a theater but also concerts and art exhibits. It is a
vital part of the community, and this year's season is better
the Walter Greer Gallery, the 2,288 square foot art gallery, almost
a dozen exhibits are featured throughout each season. Unique and
beautiful paintings, sculptures and photographs grace the gallery
walls and floor. In addition to the Hilton Head Art League's National
Juried Exhibition May 6 - June 10, there are national and local
shows throughout the year including the Gullah Celebration in
wintertime, which spotlights South Carolina's rich Gullah culture
rooted in Africa and the plantations of the Old South, displayed
in all its beauty.
Elizabeth Wallace Theater features the Arts Center's Main Stage
with two-level seating for 352 patrons. The theater boasts a working
stage, cyclorama, orchestra pit and trap door access for special
stage effects. The Main Stage hosts comedy, drama and musicals
as well as other gifted actors, singers and dancers. The Self
Family Arts Center will present its most exciting year of live
performances ever from pop, rock and jazz to big band, blues,
country and classical, emphasizing that there's something here
for every taste.
seventeen community art groups utilize the pavilion, ranging from
barbershop quartets to a full symphony orchestra. The diverse
roster of cultural disciplines and events will include art shows,
lectures, performances both amateur and professional, arts and
crafts classes, dance instruction and more.
Cultural activities have been in full swing on Hilton Head for
years, even preceding the Arts Center's inception. Each season,
tickets to The Hilton Head Orchestra become more difficult to
acquire, with consistently sold-out performances. The orchestra's
eighty musicians are gifted and cohesive, comprised of a few professional
players from the Savannah Symphony in addition to talented members
of our own community.
highlight in the island's extensive arts portfolio is Dunnagan's
Alley Theater, a 225-seat proscenium theater, the island's original
playhouse, which today still hosts a variety of productions.
Season subscriptions are available to the Hilton Head Playhouse
in the Self Family Arts Center and to its innovative Second Stage
at the Dunnagan's Alley Theater. For ticket or subscription information,