Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society
The project to create a performing arts centre on the West Shore.
About the Society and proposed Arts Centre
Who are we?
The Juan De Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society is a not-for-profit society (S-0064886) whose purpose is: "to plan, promote, develop, construct, and operate a performing arts facility that will accommodate a comprehensive range of cultural and community experiences."
What are we trying to achieve?
The West Shore of Greater Victoria is rapidly growing, and yet lacks a diversity of available facilities that would make performance arts easily accessible to residents and visitors, without the need to travel downtown.
The addition of theatres at the two new high schools, and proposed facility at the View Royal Casino, will accommodate some of the needs for performance space. This still leaves many needs unmet, including for presenters who need accessible rehearsal and storage spaces, a full stage with fly tower, and a gathering / exhibition place for community artists.
What has been achieved so far?
- The Society has roots that extend back at least 12 years, when representatives from the many performance arts groups first met to discuss the need for a west shore facility. Many dedicated citizens have since spent time pursuing this dream.
- The West Shore Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey, confirming that the residents of this region are supportive of a west shore performing arts centre.
- The City of Colwood hired theatre experts (Schick Shiner Associates) to produce a comprehensive report on the need for a performance centre, the types of spaces that the centre should include, an architectural concept, and a business plan. Further information is provided in the complete Schick Shiner report (148 pages - 10Mb).
- The Juan De Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society was formed in 2016, to act independently on behalf of residents of all the west shore municipalities and unincorporated regions in the Juan de Fuca area. We continue to work in a complementary partnership with the West Shore Arts Council and key stakeholders such as Four Seasons Musical Theatre and the Sooke Philharmonic Society.
- In 2016, the municipalities of Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands supported the JDF PACS with some funding and letters of support.
- Many sites have been assessed for their potential suitability, using a comprehensive process. To date, no single site has been selected.
- Once a site has been selected, it will be important to revisit the business plan and conduct an in-depth analysis of the business model. Architectural drawings will also be required. We are currently seeking funds (approximately $100,000) to support this work.
- Funding to build the performance arts centre will be sought through grants, foundations, business and individual donors.