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Port Coquitlam's Leigh Square

Blog by Rod & Rhea Hayes | January 24th, 2012

Friends of Leigh Square
The Friends of Leigh Square Society (FLSS) was registered as a non-profit society in 2005 and later as a charity in Nov. 2010. This initiative was undertaken by interested members of the arts community, arts/heritage organizations and business in recognition of Port Coquitlam as a growing edge city and the growth of arts/heritage/culture and related services. It also complemented the City of Port Coquitlam’s vision to build a dedicated cultural facility downtown to support and celebrate arts, culture and heritage as an integral part of being a complete community that is vibrant and attractive.

Founding members of the Society played a critical role in the planning and creation of this new cultural facility, the Leigh Square Community Arts Village and prior to that as stakeholders in the development of a Cultural Policy and Plan in 2001. With the opening of Leigh Square Arts Village in 2007, the Society entered into a partnership agreement with the City to provide governance and nurture the growth of the art/culture/heritage through relationship building and inclusive/diverse programs/events. 

The Society’s mission is to enable and facilitate the growth of artistic and cultural opportunities for the community and connecting the arts with all people and businesses. It plays a role in realizing these goals by actively supporting the programs, events and services at the Arts Village and city wide in collaboration with City staff in Arts & Cultural Services. The Society board consists of 6 to 10 volunteers and a roster of +50 volunteers in programs and services working with staff throughout the year.