County Commissioners, Hillsborough Town Board, Orange Schools, and public to discuss use of the Whitted Building


Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:00pm


Whitted building, 300 West Tryon St., Hillsborough

This should be pretty interesting:

A BOCC meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to jointly meet with the Town of Hillsborough, Town residents, Cultural Community representatives, and Orange County Schools members regarding the potential uses for the Whitted space. This meeting will be held at the at the Whitted facility, 300 West Tryon St. in Hillsborough.  

 The Orange County Cultural Center has been lobbying for a couple of years to use the Whitted Building as a home for performances and cultral arrts. Learn more about their vision at and .


Thanks so much for posting about the upcoming Town Hall meeting, Ruby.  

The Orange County Cultural Center (OCCC) has been working quietly and steadily, and of necessity, behind the scenes, with the Orange County government and the Town of Hillsborough to form a partnership to provide a conveniently located facility, available for cultural events in central and northern Orange County, where such space is currently limited. A revitalized Hillsborough, with its thriving downtown district, increasingly draws tourist dollars to the area. The OCCC will serve as a place of creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment that bridges both cultural and economic boundaries.

We plan to work closely with representatives from our partner organizations, including the Hillsborough Arts Council, the Historic Hillsborough Commission/Burwell School, the Orange County Historical Museum, the Orange Community Players, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors’ Bureau, Orange County Schools, and the Orange County Arts Commission to survey artists, writers, educators, and performers about their needs for educational, studio, performance, and gallery space. We plan to partner with our member organizations to promote programs which they propose or sponsor. The OCCC hopes to manage all non-governmental uses of the Whitted Building. We will be more than a “scheduler”—the OCCC’s mission provides an overarching philosophy of building a diverse community and supporting outreach.

We are cautiously optimistic that the Board of County Commissioners will vote this spring to share the Whitted Building space with us, but we need your voices. If you care about access to the arts for ALL of Orange County, please attend the Town Hall meeting on Thursday evening. You can even sign up to speak!

Tours of the Whitted Building begin at 6 pm, and the meeting begins at 7, also in Whitted.


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