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.
To celebrate, nurture, and promote the Arts through diversity, entertainment, and education.
To be the heart of Kelowna’s Arts and Cultural experience.
Officially opened on November 2, 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.
Black Lives Matter today and every day.
As the awareness increases and conversations continue around systemic racism and institutionalized racism both here in Canada and around the world, the Rotary Centre for the Arts would like to reaffirm its commitment to inclusivity, diversity, respect and equality. We also commit to continuing to listen, learn and to change as needed.
We also recognize that the Rotary Centre for the Arts is situated on the unceded and traditional territories of the syilx/Okanagan People. We’re grateful to be guests in such a beautiful place, and we acknowledge that Indigenous lives matter too.
At the RCA, we know that diversity makes our institution and our community stronger, and we strive to maintain a diversity of people, ideas, perspectives and cultural backgrounds in our work, programming and team. We also aspire to provide the opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to actively engage and participate in the arts.
Dismantling centuries of racist policies and social inequities will not happen overnight, but we’re committed to doing our part to make Kelowna and the Okanagan a more inclusive, welcoming, equitable and artistic place.
230,000 Visitors annually
29,000 Tickets sold to events last year
4,900 Youth Arts Students annually
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.