The beautiful structure on Mathers Avenue in West Vancouver is proof that when a community has a vision and the tenacity to create something special, great things can be achieved. Our community’s long-held dream for a local performing arts centre has resulted in the cultural treasure we take pride in today. Now, our campaign seeks to build on this legacy. Our goal with this project is not to simply enhance the Kay Meek Arts Centre but to enhance our community’s access to it, so that more residents and visitors, regardless of physical abilities, can enjoy this exquisite performance venue and participate in the cultural life of our community.


As the only performing arts centre in West Vancouver, the Kay Meek Arts Centre is unique. For fifteen years it has been one of the leading venues in the region for large community gatherings. Over the years, the organization has worked with hundreds of community partners to welcome patrons of all ages, and it has become the premier performing arts venue on Vancouver’s North Shore. The Kay Meek Arts Centre is where the excitement happens.

For this reason, our campaign is not just about reconfigured spaces or even state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. It is about accessibility and inclusion. It is about welcoming and inviting everyone in the community to discover and engage with the arts.


Funds Raised to Date:
Government Funding: $1,980,000
Corporate Gifts: $400,000
Individual Gifts: $428,406

Total Raised: $2,808,406

Construction Start Date: July 2019
Construction Completion Date: September 2020

Funds raised through this campaign will go toward the following renovations:

  • Installation of a full-sized commercial elevator connecting all three levels of the lobby to the two theatres

  • Addition of accessible washroom facility for the lower level Studio Theatre

  • Improved accessibility and comfort in the Studio Theatre with a new, higher standard retractable seating system

  • Expanded accessible seating spaces in the Grosvenor Theatre

  • Upgraded exterior safety and accessibility through improved pathway surfaces, lighting and wayfinding

  • Replacement of aging and obsolete sound and lighting systems with high performance, energy efficient technologies

Recognition and Naming Opportunities

The Kay Meek Arts Centre has a number of ways to recognize and thank you for your gift and would be pleased to meet with you to review the program and what best suits your needs.

Capital Campaign Committee
Patricia Bowles, Chair
Susanna Bell-Irving Gray
Dorothy Byrnes
Betsy Gibbons
Paul Tutsch
Rob Gloor, Executive Director
Lenore Swenerton, Director of Donor Relations & Audience Development

For more information about this campaign, ways to get involved or donate, please feel free to contact:

Rob Gloor
Tel.: 604.981.1170 ext. 1005

Lenore Swenerton
Tel.: 604.981.1170 ext. 1003
Mobile: 604.230.2859

Kay Meek Arts Centre is a registered Canadian charity under our governing/legal name Kay Meek Arts Society. 
Charitable Registration: # 11929 6010 RR0001


Kay Meek Art Centre Unveils Plans for the Faris Family Courtyard
Marie Khouri Wins Juried Competition for First Commissioned Artwork

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Kay Meek Arts Centre is pleased to announce the creation of the Faris Family Courtyard as a result of Reema Faris’s donation to the Centre’s Capital Campaign. In addition to creating the Faris Family Courtyard, Ms. Faris’s donation will fund a commissioned sculpture in honour of her mother Yulanda Faris as well as the re-landscaping of the area outside the main lobby. Internationally renowned sculptor Marie Khouri has won the juried competition for the development, production, and installation of the Centre’s first commissioned public artwork.

Faris had been seeking a location for a commemorative artwork in honour of her mother, who worked on behalf of the Vancouver arts community for more than 40 years. Yulanda and her husband Moh liberally donated their time and support to opera, dance, the visual arts and literature, with a particular focus on young people, arts education, and professional training opportunities for artists. In 2010, Moh and Yulanda Faris were the recipients of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, The Ramon John Hnatyshyn (RJH) Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.

Original plans for the Kay Meek Arts Centre had included a sculpture courtyard. The launch of the Centre’s capital campaign for accessibility upgrades presented a perfect opportunity to reimagine the space and garden outside the main lobby. The outstanding gift from Ms. Faris will help to realize this vision and to facilitate the improvement of exterior spaces, pathways, lighting, and landscaping as part of the comprehensive project to upgrade the Centre’s amenities and physical accessibility.

 “I’m so pleased to be working with the Kay Meek Centre on this project. It honours the memory of my mother, who passionately believed in the power of the arts to make meaning and change, and it ensures the viability and vitality of the arts for all North Shore residents and their guests. My thanks to Marie Khouri for her visionary design and for capturing my mother’s spirit in her inspired sculptural creation.” Reema Faris, Donor

“We are extremely grateful to Reema Faris for her extraordinary gift. Her generosity not only allows us to create a more accessible and welcoming entrance to our building, but will further enhance the overall Kay Meek experience with the addition of this beautiful artwork by Marie Khouri.” Betsy Gibbons, Chair, Board of Directors, Kay Meek Arts Centre

“This work, comprised of two sculptural benches, spell the Arabic script ‘Y’ for Yulanda. 'Sit with me, Share with me' is in the reflection of Yulanda's passion for creating spaces and places for people from diverse backgrounds to share, celebrate and create together.” Marie Khouri, Artist

PARC Retirement Living Donates $400,000 to the Kay Meek Arts Centre
Monday, July 15, 2019

PARC Retirement Living is pleased to donate $400,000 to kick start the public fund-raising segment of the Kay Meek Arts Centre’s $4-million capital improvement campaign. Funds raised will allow Kay Meek to undertake important upgrades to improve the Centre’s accessibility and experience, creating a safer and more inclusive venue for performers and audience members. In recognition of PARC’s donation, the main level lobby area which connects the public areas and amenities of the Arts Centre will be named the PARC Retirement Living Atrium.

PARC’s support for the Kay Meek’s programs and productions has been on-going since 2011, as both organizations strongly believe in the power of arts and culture in the community. Art sparks thought and conversation, provides purpose and meaning, nurtures intergenerational relationships and leaves a lasting legacy.

”We’re proud to support community initiatives that enable seniors and their families to fully participate and enjoy the arts.” says Rainer Müller, owner and founder of PARC Retirement Living. “It’s vital that seniors continue to live enriched, full lives after they move into one of our residences, and enjoying arts and culture is a big part of that. As such, we encourage our residents to participate in on-site art activities and attend off-site events – such as a theatre, music or dance performance at the Kay Meek Arts Centre.”

“PARC Retirement Living and their founder, Rainer Müller, are true community partners. In addition to their sponsorship of the Kay Meek Arts Centre’s season programs, they have shown outstanding leadership with this significant gift toward vital facility upgrades.” Betsy Gibbons, chair, board of directors, Kay Meek Arts Centre.

This generous commitment of $400,000 by PARC Retirement Living brings our total to $2.5 million, significantly closer to our $4-million goal. We know that it will be an inspiration for other donors to join us in making the Kay Meek more inclusive and accessible to residents and visitors regardless of their physical abilities.” Patricia Bowles, chair, capital campaign.

The Government of Canada Invests in Infrastructure and Accessibility Upgrades at the Kay Meek Arts Centre
Tuesday, May 21

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) and Member of Parliament (West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country), today announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding of $1.48 million to the Kay Meek Arts Society for cultural infrastructure and accessibility enhancements at the Kay Meek Arts Centre. Parliamentary Secretary Goldsmith- Jones made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

With this funding, the Society will undertake a series of important upgrades to increase the Centre’s accessibility, creating a safer and more inclusive venue for performers and audience members. The Society worked collaboratively with the Rick Hansen Foundation as part of this project.

Activities will include installing a commercial elevator with complete access to all three levels of the building; expanding areas to include at-level dressing rooms and a covered breezeway to access both stage wings; replacing seating in the studio theatre; increasing the number of accessible seats in the main theatre; and building accessible public washrooms on the lower and upper levels. Additionally, the Society will replace outdated lighting and sound equipment, as well as purchase public art to display on the grounds of the Centre. Funding for this project is provided through Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

West Van's Kay Meek Centre gets $1.48M for accessibility
North Shore News
Tuesday, May 21

Blues musician Jim Byrnes, West Vancouver MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Kay Meek Arts Centre board chair Betsy Gibbons squeeze into the centre’s tiny elevator.

Blues musician Jim Byrnes, West Vancouver MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Kay Meek Arts Centre board chair Betsy Gibbons squeeze into the centre’s tiny elevator.


Even if you find jazz inaccessible, the building it’s played in shouldn’t be. West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Arts Centre has been given a $1.48-million grant aimed at making the performing arts space more accessible for people with disabilities.

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, made the announcement in the building’s atrium Tuesday morning. Betsy Gibbons, chairwoman for the arts centre’s board, said money would go towards improvements that will benefit Kay Meek audiences and artists alike. “The federal government’s investment is indeed transformative. The result of this project will be a facility of the highest standards for performance and accessibility. These vital improvements will make our venue a more welcoming space for our diverse community across West Vancouver and the North Shore,” she said.

The centre will receive federal funding to improve accessibility. The list of improvements slated in the $4-million project includes a new commercial-sized elevator connecting all three levels of the building, redesigned pathways and lighting outside the building, a new accessible washroom serving the lower level Studio Theatre, more space for wheelchair seating in the Grosvenor Theatre, improved seating in the Studio Theatre, and state-of-the-art upgrades to the sound and lighting systems.

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