Whitby combines a small-town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of a large urban centre. Arts and culture contribute significantly to the quality of life in Whitby promoting health, family enjoyment, community interaction, learning, and creativity. There are many arts and cultural assets in Whitby including the Whitby Public Library and Lynde House Museum and Visitor Centre in downtown Whitby.
Residents and visitors enjoy art exhibitions and displays at the Station Gallery and local theatrical performances offered by the Whitby Courthouse Theatre. The Centennial Building is an anchor in Whitby's arts and culture community and is home to the Whitby Courthouse Theatre and the Whitby Brass Band, a volunteer community band that will proudly mark 150 years in 2013!
Throughout the year, there are arts and cultural events in Whitby that integrate art, music, theatre, and activities for all ages. Learn more about Community Events and Festivals in Whitby. Please check our Community Calendar for upcoming events.
The Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee aims to foster a greater understanding of ethno-cultural and diversity issues amongst the residents of Whitby in hopes of creating a more inclusive community. The Committee is responsible to the Mayor and Members of Council for providing input with regard to ethno-cultural and diversity on elimination of barriers, policy development and promoting awareness. The Committee seeks to establish community partnerships, ensure involvement of diverse groups in activities of the Committee and assist in developing a system of discussion and feedback for residents of Whitby on matters of ethno-cultural and diversity.
at the Whitby Central Public Library
The modern design of the Library and Celebration Square creates a series of spaces for public gatherings, which is tied to the pedestrian system of the downtown. The main reading hall serves as an extension of the public life of the square. The central atrium brings light into the heart of the building, creating a space of luminous serenity.
Celebration Square, adjacent to the Whitby Central Public Library, is an outdoor community gathering space. The Square offers Whitby residents the opportunity to enjoy arts and cultural events at a unique outdoor venue. Don't forget to check out the many events that are being planned for the square.
The Culture Plan provides strategic direction for the provision of arts and culture programs, services and facilities in the Municipality.