BUILDING ON THE EXCITMENT!
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.
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $4 million
Funds Raised to Date: $2 million
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
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:
Tel.: 604.981.1170 ext. 1005
Tel.: 604.981.1170 ext. 1003
Kay Meek Arts Centre is a registered Canadian charity under our governing/legal name Kay Meek Arts Society.
Charitable Registration: # 11929 6010 RR0001
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATES
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
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.