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Venue Committee Updates

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July 14, 2017 - Town Council approved the Phase One: Needs Assessment Recommendations brought forward by the Venue Committee. The Town is working toward implementation of Phase Two of the Venue initiative, which at this point is focused on defining a Community Arts Center concept and business model.

June 6, 2017 - Town Council accepted the Phase One Recommendations made by the Venue Committee.

May 18, 2017 - Venue Committee drafted and approved a set of six recommendations to forward to Town Council for their acceptance.

March 23, 2017 - Duncan Webb of Webb Management Services, presented the findings from Phase I of the Entertainment, Arts, Culture and Heritage (EACH) needs assessment. To learn more about what was shared via the link below.

Webb Management Services Cultural Facilities Needs Assessment Presentation pdf icon

March 23, 2017 Venue Committee Meeting Video on Demand

What should Island residents expect next? Here are the upcoming steps in this ongoing process:

  • The Venue Committee will convene on Wednesday, April 5th to review the consultant's findings, integrate them with a year's worth of committee work, analyze all of the data and prepare its recommendations.
  • Those recommendations will be presented first to the Community Services Committee and then to Town Council in May. Town Council will consider the recommendations and evaluate which steps should be taken to move forward in the process.

November 22, 2016 - The Venue contract was signed by the Town and sent to the vendor, Webb Management Services on November 21 for execution. Phase one will take 90 days to complete and will commence either in late December or early January. A kick-off meeting will be held the week of November 28th via video conference with the vendor to fill in schedule details to include dates for onsite visits.

August 9, 2016 - Arts Center facility study is underway which will recommend the best usage and maintenance of the building, and what role the Town should play in its future, if any. The Report should be available later in August 2016.

July 2016 - The Town contracted with the Lowcountry and Resort Island Tourism Institute at USCB to conduct a residential and business demand assessment for a potential Island Venue(s). The survey will be conducted in August-September 2016, and results are expected shortly thereafter to be incorporated into a Report from the Venue Committee.

June 29, 2016 - The Town issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ 2016-0016) for technical advice/support for the Venue Committee. The consultant is to address the types of future year-round programming and usage needed to satisfy residents and visitors; what facilities and features are needed to support usage and programming requirements; costs and revenues associated with the facilities, features, usage, and programming; determine if and in what areas Town Government or other entities should financially support the venue(s) recommendation; and the amount and type of support by the community for venue modifications and the expected impact to the community. A consultant's Report is expected in the Spring 2017 and will be incorporated into a Report from the Venue Committee.

June 21, 2016 - Town Council adopted a budget to fund an Office of Cultural Affairs. Job description and duties are currently being developed.

February 2016 - The Venue Committee was appointed by Town Council to assist in supporting the advancement of Hilton Head Island as a rich and diverse arts and cultural destination which enriches the lives of our residents and guests. A Report of their findings will be presented to Town Council in early 2017. Committee's Goals are to recommend the structure and funding of venue(s) which satisfy the needs of the Community; and the role, if any, of Town Government and other entities in supporting the venue(s) recommendation.

Big Ideas Like an Arts Venue Create Controversy, New Thinking
View an op-ed submitted to the Island Packet by Kim Likins (HHI Town Council Representative / Community Services Chairperson) and Cindy Creamer (Venue Committee Chairperson) regarding an Arts Venue. Read more...