Port Moody Arts Centre
What was once a small, neglected storage room has been transformed into an acoustically soundproofed 3rd music studio for the Port Moody Arts Centre, thanks to a generous financial contribution from the Port Moody Foundation.
The Arts Centre, housed in the beautiful Old City Hall heritage building at Kyle & St. Johns Streets in Port Moody, has experienced significant growth in its music program over the past several years. In 2004, the Arts Centre purchased a grand piano, with the assistance of the Port Moody Foundation, to increase the quality of the piano lessons offered at the Arts Centre. Since that time, our music department has grown to include three piano instructors, a flute/clarinet instructor, a voice instructor and two guitar instructors, and in just the last year we've grown from 56 students to over 80 students. The sound level has increased too. In this lovely building, sound travels very easily, making it impossible to use adjoining studios if there is a music lesson in one of them.
The Arts Centre applied to the Port Moody Foundation, and received about 50% of the funds needed to soundproof Studio 6. This is a small, more intimate studio space with a lovely dormer window, ideally suited for our private music lesson structure, and is located off of our main piano music studio, Studio 2. Studio 6 was used for storage, as sound travels so easily that we couldn't program two music lessons in adjoining studios. Soundproofing Studio 6 has allowed us to program additional music studio time, while increasing our ability to program more visual arts programs in an adjoining studio.
The Port Moody Arts Centre inspires creativity and supports the community's interest in arts and culture. The centre provides over 300 art programs and music lessons annually, free gallery exhibitions and special events such as the Wearable Art Awards and the Port Moody Festival of the Arts.