Our History

December 2005:  Community meeting held at the Baptist Church to assess need for and nature of a
community arts and cultural center.
2006-8: Steering committee formed, called Cultural Center Committee, with monthly
meetings at the Library (Whitted Building), Historical Museum, and Artist
Cooperative.
April 2008: Presentations by a number of groups at the April 15th BOCC meeting in favor of
using the Whitted Building as a cultural center for Hillsborough and Northern
Orange County.
2008-9: Steering committee visits to the Prizery in South Boston,VA, and the Murphey
School in Durham County to discuss formation of an Orange County cultural center.
Governing board of Cultural Center Committee formed. Two more presentations
to BOCC to make the case for a cultural center housed in the Whitted Building.
2009: Hillsborough Town Board endorses a “Proclamation of Support” for the
establishment of a cultural center.
October 2009: Cultural committee presentation to BOCC about using the Whitted Building as a cultural
center; request for a task force to determine “best use” of building.
February 2010: Name changed to Orange County Cultural Center; feasibility study undertaken.
Tourism Board offers challenge grant of $10,000 to OCCC. Articles of
Incorporation drawn up; Mission Statement, Bylaws adopted.
February-May 2011: Rallying of OC organizations and individuals in support of using Whitted Building
as the home for OCCC; meetings with architects, engineers, county officials, fire
marshal, etc. to discuss project phasing and codes.
October 2011: Non-profit status application.
January 2012: Discussion starts of BOCC renovating Whitted Building and partnering with
OCCC in use of space.
February 2012: OCCC hires first Executive Director; outreach to local organizations and boards
starts.
March 2012: Obtained 501(c)3 nonprofit status; official incorporation of OCCC.
June 2012: Charitable Solicitation License obtained. Board retreat, summer 2012.
November 2012: Neighborhood meeting convened by OCCC for talks with Whitted neighbors.
March 2013: OCCC moves to new interim office space at 118 N. Churton St, the historic Alexander Graham Building.
April 4 2013: Town Hall Meeting in Whitted Building, including representatives of the OCCC, Whitted neighbors, the BOCC, Hillsborough Town Board, and Orange County School Board.
April 2013: Hosts information table at Ladies Night Out and Last Friday garnering public support.