Access to the arts provides strong health and social benefits for our community that enhance quality of life for residents and draw visitors to the area. Nurturing arts, culture and heritage brings considerable economic benefits. Arts and culture generates $5.2 billion annually in BC.
Colwood has a strong arts community and a growing number of opportunities to participate in and enjoy art, music, theatre and dance.
PACE Musical Theatre Program
Starting as early as kindergarten, children can participate in the PACE Musical Theatre Program (Program for Academic and Creative Enrichment). For the past 20 years, up to 500 students from Kindergarten to grade twelve have rehearsed and performed three major musical theatre productions in the school district each year along with opportunities to perform at community events.
School District 62 Fine Arts
Dunsmuir Middle School and Belmont Secondary school each offer music and band programs, as well as dance academy, drama programs and film and television courses. Check out this video showing Fine Arts Programs at Belmont Secondary.
West Shore Arts Council
The West Shore Art Council encourages creative participation and excellence in the arts, creates opportunities to exhibit arts and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts.
Coast Collective Art Gallery
Coast Collective is a new and different kind of art centre. Beautiful surroundings. An affordable showcase for Fine Art. A place to visit, relax and learn. A place to bring people together to celebrate our rich cultural heritage on the Westshore.
Four Seasons Musical Theatre
Four Seasons Musical Theatre is the Westshore's family theatre, and has provided a place to create and offer good family entertainment since 1975. People of all ages enjoy plays featuring interesting characters involved in compelling stories that incorporate song and dance. Four Seasons also offers volunteer opportunties in all aspects of the theatre.
Arts education in Colwood
The new high school in Royal Bay will include a theatre and will increase opportunities to learn about and enjoy the arts on the Westshore.
Exploring possibilities: West Shore Community Arts Centre
The City of Colwood has teamed up with almost 30 arts, education and community groups to get a true sense of what kind of facility is required in our region and explore the possibility of creating the West Shore’s first performing arts centre. Consultants Shick Shiner and Associates were engaged to develop a comprehensive plan and detailed business case.
The plan envisions a performing arts centre along the waterfront at Royal Bay - the perfect complement to Colwood's renowned national historic sites, Fisgard Lighthouse and Hatley Castle. Together, these sites would promote arts and culture, celebrating our rich history and heritage. Learn more and share your thoughts at http://www.westshoreperformingarts.ca/.