About MacPhee Centre

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning empowers youth between the ages of 12-19 by connecting passion with purpose through the arts. Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual and performing arts, creative writing, and technology in a safe and inspiring space. By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to accessing creative learning, the MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for employment in our communities. We help NS youth find their voice through the arts.


Our values are integrated into all we do:

  • Inspiring youth
  • Education as a foundation
  • Compassion and nurturing
  • Creative learning
  • Community and mentorship


We are a community that empowers youth to access their individual creativity and a path to success.


The MacPhee Centre and its youth are celebrated and supported province-wide for creative brilliance and community engagement.


Education is a cornerstone for life’s rewards. At the MacPhee Centre, we believe success is built on the foundation of life-long learning. Four pillars help to support this outcome:

  1. Knowledge: understanding that enrollment and participation in school matters
  2. Action: learning to be self-motivated with creative confidence and entrepreneurship
  3. Awareness: gaining self-esteem and social skills in order to achieve one’s full potential
  4. Collaboration: enabling a sense of community and desire for positive participation in society

Our History

The MacPhee Centre was founded in 2009 as a non-profit training centre for youths who are not thriving in a traditional classroom environment and at risk of dropping out of school and those with barriers to accessing creative learning opportunities. The centre was named in recognition of a generous donation from Al and Mary MacPhee who contributed a quarter of a million dollars to a capital campaign. Inspired by Bill Strickland’s Manchester Bidwell model for youth arts and technology centres across the USA, the MacPhee Centre seeks to connect youth with passion and purpose. Based in the fully renovated historic Union Protection building at 50 Queen Street in downtown Dartmouth, the centre was designed with direct input from the youth who use the space.

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MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning
50 Queen Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 1G1

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