Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts and property development and investment
group Grosvenor Americas today announced a 10-year naming partnership that will
see The Kay Meek’s main theatre titled as the Grosvenor Theatre.
The multi-year gift from Grosvenor with a total value of
$1 million will help to establish an endowment to sustain youth initiatives,
and also support ongoing programming that delivers
artistic excellence, creativity, and community engagement.
partnership complements Grosvenor’s commitments to place-making, supporting
arts and culture, and contributing to community vibrancy on the North Shore
while providing support for the Kay Meek Centre in an exciting period of
expansion and artistic growth.
Established in London, England in 1677, Grosvenor is a privately-owned
property group with 17 offices in 11 countries around the world. The
Company established roots in North America through the purchase of Annacis
Island in 1953. On the North Shore, Grosvenor has developed the mixed-use projects
Avondale, Time and 15 West and is in the planning stages for developing two
significant sites in Ambleside and Edgemont Village.
“We take a ‘Living cities’ approach to city building, demonstrated in the value we put on creating places of performance, culture and art. Grosvenor has contributed to sustainable growth on the North Shore for over a decade and we are excited to see this further enhanced through this 10-year partnership with Kay Meek Centre,” says Andrew Bibby, Chief Executive Officer of Grosvenor Americas.
Located in West Vancouver, The Kay Meek Centre for the
Performing Arts is a hub of artistic excellence that attracts music and theatre
lovers from all over the North Shore. The Centre boasts a flexible-use studio
theatre, a 498-seat main theatre now to be called the Grosvenor Theatre, plus
rehearsal spaces. Founded in 2004 by community leaders and named to honour the primary
donor Mrs. Kay Meek, the Kay Meek Centre is becoming known across the North
Shore and beyond for artistic excellence and quality programming. It is home to
professional theatre, international music, dance, and a dynamic range of community
presentations, along with school and youth productions.
“We are thrilled that Grosvenor shares our commitment to ensuring access to performance excellence for the community,” said Paul Tutsch, Chair of the Kay Meek Centre’s Board of Directors. “Like all arts organizations, we need the support of strong partners to enable us to deliver the quality of entertainment our community wants and needs. The West Vancouver School District joins us in welcoming Grosvenor to the Kay Meek Centre.”
This announcement builds upon a programming partnership announced earlier this year whereby Kay Meek Centre will program the performance space for the mixed-use waterfront project at 1300 Marine Drive. When complete, this will offer a stage where performances can take place throughout the year and are open to the whole community. The inaugural show is anticipated in summer of 2017.
Grosvenor joins a strong family of corporate supporters from the Greater Vancouver community, many of whom have been part of the success of Kay Meek Centre from the very early days. The new partnership will be celebrated at an unveiling ceremony for the Grosvenor Theatre at Kay Meek Centre scheduled for June 24th, 2014.
Grosvenor Americas aims to become a property
market leader in select geographical areas and sectors in Canada and the USA
through focused, strategic expansion. We use our knowledge of the cities we
work in and our property skills to develop projects that contribute to the
vibrancy of those communities. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Americas had
assets under management of C$2.6bn. www.grosvenor.com
Kay Meek Centre
Kay Meek Centre is the premier home of performing arts in West Vancouver. Offering a season of international and Canadian music, dance, festival films, professionally produced theatre, and youth programming. The two-theatre venue also supports a broad range of community and touring presentations. The Kay Meek Centre is led by Executive Director Jeanne LeSage and the artistic programming by Claude Giroux, Artistic Director. For more information about Kay Meek Centre visit kaymeekcentre.com or contact Elaine McHarg (firstname.lastname@example.org)