Located in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multidisciplinary visual and performing arts centre.

We continually strive to improve the economic, cultural and social quality of life in the community by fostering the participation in, and appreciation of the arts.

As a world-class venue celebrating creative expression through diverse art forms and disciplines, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a unique City of Kelowna facility in which individuals of all ages and backgrounds can come together to share in the excitement of strengthening art and culture in the Okanagan.

History

Officially opened on November 2nd, 2002, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multi-purpose venue designed to accommodate special events, theatre, music and visual arts. The space on which the Rotary Centre for the Arts now sits was once home to the historical Growers Supply Building.

During the early 1990s, the need for an arts facility became increasingly evident. With cultural tourism on the rise, the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) wanted to see the old Growers Supply building turned into a cultural centre for amateur arts and commercial businesses related to the arts.

Their vision became a reality in 1993 when the Kelowna City council agreed to a feasibility study to be carried out on the old Growers Supply Building. In 1998, Hotson Bakker Architects of Vancouver were chosen to design the Rotary Centre for the Arts and by 2001 its construction was complete.

Named after the Central Okanagan Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Centre for the Arts is the hub of Kelowna’s arts and cultural scene. By enhancing the existing former Growers Supply warehouse with a studio, rehearsal space, a bistro and small retail spaces, the RCA remains a part of Kelowna’s industrial past while embracing its status as a modern, multi-purpose arts and performance centre… more

Mission

To celebrate, nurture, and promote the arts
through diversity, entertainment, and education.

Vision

To be the heart of Kelowna’s
arts & cultural experience.

Thank you to our countless volunteers and supporters.

The Rotary Centre for the Arts exists thanks to those who served on committees and boards,
and supported feasibility studies and fundraisers over the past years.

KVPACS Board of Directors

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) is a non-profit society managing the Rotary Centre for the Arts. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors.

PRESIDENT, Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray’s background includes over 10 years of experience in coaching, mentoring, and developing approaches to realize her client’s goals. Lisa is a Bachelor of Management (BMgt) Degree Holder, a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), and a Novations Behavioural Interview Trainer with experience in a variety of industries. She is a member of the Kelowna Women’s Soccer League; the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA); and the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA). Lisa looks forward to contributing her HR expertise to the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society.

VICE PRESIDENT, Christopher Wiebe

Christopher Wiebe was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2002. His practice areas at Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy LLP include labour and employment law and general litigation. Chris advises and represents businesses, employers and individual clients on a wide range of contract, labour and employment matters. Chris joined the RCA board in 2013.

SECRETARY, Louis Blom

Louis Blom graduated from Thompson Rivers University (formerly University College of the Cariboo) with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2003 while working for KPMG in Kelowna. Subsequent to working at KPMG, Louis was the CFO for a uranium exploration company as well as a diamond exploration company. From 2010 until early 2015 he was the Controller for Sherritt’s interest in nickel mine located in Cuba. Currently he is working for a contract drilling company located in Kelowna.

TREASURER, Jonathan Pokhoy

Jonathan Pokhoy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree in 2008 before beginning his accounting career at Deloitte in Winnipeg. He worked in the Corporate Audit function until he received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2010, at which point he transitioned to the Financial Advisory team to focus on business valuation and transaction services engagements. He was then the head of finance at a private construction company before moving to Kelowna and beginning work at his current post as a Finance Manager at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus.

DIRECTOR, Murray Bye

Murray started his career in public practice in 1984 with Arthur Andersen in Toronto. After starting a family, Murray returned to Sault Ste. Marie in 1988 and joined a local practice for three years. In 2001 he moved to St. Catharines as a partner at Crawford, Smith and Swallow, one of the largest public accounting firms in the Niagara region. Murray has spent most of his career providing tax, consulting, accounting, and assurance services to a wide range of industries, both large and small. His comprehensive experience includes large manufacturing, fruit co-operatives, software developers, credit unions, and privately held businesses.

In 2004, Murray moved west to Kelowna, BC to enjoy life on Canada’s beautiful West Coast and join Crowe MacKay LLP. He became a partner in 2006, and then took over as managing director of the Kelowna office in 2009. In August 2011, Murray took on the role of CEO for the firm, while continuing to manage the Kelowna office. In January 2014, Murray became the firm’s first full time CEO.

DIRECTOR, Shirley Dreja

Shirley Dreja has had a long and diverse career in the bookkeeping and accounting field, the longest of which was for a major oil & gas company in Calgary. The last eight years of my working life was serving as Financial Services Coordinator for the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

A long time Kelowna resident, she has been a volunteer at the RCA since her retirement. She feels that visual and performing arts are indispensable to a vibrant city, providing the heart and soul, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a wonderful centre to facilitate and promote this culture.

DIRECTOR, Cayley Humphries

Cayley Humphries is a veteran software developer and designer. Currently he is the CTO of GetintheLoop, a location-based mobile marketing startup located in Kelowna, BC. Prior to joining GetintheLoop, Cayley spent the past 9 years at various startups in the Okanagan valley designing and developing software products including K-7 classroom assessment tools, video games, streaming media platforms and industry-specific applications. Cayley is also on the board of the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, and advisor to the Center for Arts and Technology graduate design program. You can reach Cayley on twitter at @cayleyh

DIRECTOR, Gorden James

Gorden James is an accomplished singer/songwriter who describes his style as urban country, easy listening, with a touch of the blues. His debut album, Heart of the Matter, continues to get airplay across Canada and overseas and he was recently featured on CMT Canada’s “Big in a Small Town”. When James isn’t performing, he spends his time on charitable work including volunteering with Kelowna Hospice, the BC Cancer Agency Cancer Lodge, and Soles4Souls, an organization that provides shoes to people that need them in Canada and around the world.

DIRECTOR, Robin Jarman

Robin Jarman has had a career as a teacher and consultant in the performing arts. He has had business experience and for the last 22 years has been a professional tour guide. He is a musician, actor and artist.

DIRECTOR, Giovanni Marco Litrico

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2012 with his family (his wife and two daughters are Canadian), he spent nearly his entire working career in the telecom sector as a public relations director. He is a communications specialist, an educator and a relationship builder. He is skilled in promoting “Made in Italy” designs and developments and can do so in three languages: English, French and Italian.

More about Us

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Our Impact, Annually

230,000

Visitors / year to our building

20,000

Tickets sold to events last year

4,900

Youth Arts Students / year

  • 2,450 building bookings for almost 17,000 hours of usage
  • We hire 50+ staff every year (including instructors) to meet community needs
  • 90+ volunteers donate over 3,000 hours of their time
  • RCA Presents season tripled its audience
  • Our budget is $1.2 Million and only 28% comes from government grants

Everyone Plays Here!