History

Music that inspires you.
Theatre that transports you.
Dance that excites you.

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As an arts and rental venue, Kay Meek Centre offers world-class arts experiences and opportunities for the community of West Vancouver and the North Shore. The venue provides a space for artistic excellence for youth, and for professional artists and community groups to celebrate being part of the vibrant cultural fabric of the North Shore. The 2017/18 Arts Season marks Kay Meek’s most extensive and diverse program lineup yet, including more music and more theatre as part of four compelling new series featuring performances by local and internationally renowned artists.

It took almost 40 years for West Vancouver to have its own performing arts centre. Local groups have long recognized the need, and on several occasions tried to build one. 

Perhaps it’s fitting that in a community where so many successful entrepreneurs make their home, our performing arts centre is very much the product of one person’s vision, passion and financial generosity. Mrs. Kay Meek made this building come alive. 

Born in England, Kay spent most of her life in West Vancouver. A long time supporter of Lower Mainland arts organizations, Kay had a goal to see a learning-based, performing arts centre built in the community she loved. She wanted to do it, as she said many times, “for the children.” 

In 1998, a trust was established and funded by Kay Meek with an initial donation of $1 million to search for a possible location. Things began to move ahead in 2000 when the West Vancouver School District proposed that the new arts centre be built beside West Vancouver Secondary School. In 2002, a Joint Use Agreement was signed between the West Vancouver School District and the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust, which oversees the Centre’s operations. 

Backed by another generous contribution from Kay Meek, construction commenced. During this planning and building process, Kay often commented that the construction of the theatre was what kept her going. Kay Meek died November 6th, 2004 the day of the first public performance at the Centre that now bears her name. She was 98.

 
 
 

OUR VALUES

We create a home for great arts experiences, gathering our community in an inspiring and inclusive environment, and providing access to cultural expression in its many forms. 

We are guided by four core values:

WELCOMING

We offer an inviting, inspiring, and inclusive space where all are welcome. We are a home for creative expression, connection, and celebration. 

ENGAGING

We are a proactive source of engagement and collaboration with community partners across the North Shore. Our relationships extend beyond our walls.

LEARNING

We facilitate life-long learning and strive for continuous improvement in our organization. We encourage curiosity and exploration, and we seek out diverse new ideas. 

LEADING

We set high standards for ourselves, and we aspire to best-in-class performance. Among our peers, we lead by example, and we share what we learn.