History, Vision and Mandate

MAC Exterior 5 x 7

One of the oldest buildings in the area, the current McMillan Arts Centre started life as Parksville School in 1913.  At that time, Memorial was one of the main streets in Parksville, and the building was a centrepiece. The Oceanside Community Arts Council (OCAC) purchased the building in the 1990s and the upper part of the building became the McMillan Arts Centre (the MAC), a project of the OCAC.  The building is owned in Partnership with Inclusion Parksville.

MAC Mission Statement

The MAC provides a vibrant inclusive environment to experience the creative climate of the Oceanside community.

We want the MAC a welcoming, inclusive place where people come to learn about the arts, to enjoy them, to support them, and to explore their own creative natures.

Our Vision

The MAC will become the creative collective of artistic experience and expression in the Oceanside region. 

The arts are a vital part of every healthy community and the MAC has a role to play in making this the best place to “live, work and play”.

Our Values

A MAC experience is

  • Affordable and accessible
  • Innovative, educational and provocative
  • Supportive and respectful

…for everyone who comes in our doors: artists, students, customers, renters, art lovers, volunteers, staff, visitors and community.

To learn more about the history of the McMillan Arts Centre building itself, be sure to visit the Parksville Qualicum Beach Historic Tour online, and check out the Historic Tour signpost at the front of the building (we are Stop #7 on the tour).