What’s in a name?

Maple Ridge Art Gallery is now The ACT Art Gallery.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council announced last week that the Maple Ridge Art Gallery has recently undergone a name change.

It is now The ACT Art Gallery.

The name change reflects the gradual evolution of a volunteer-run society formed in 1983 to its current operation by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council, as part of the downtown arts centre.

Karen Pighin, communications manager for the ACT, said another reason for the change of name is that the gallery serves, and is funded by both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, two neighbouring communities which often share amenities in the realm of leisure and culture.

In addition to the art gallery, The ACT is home to two theatres, four instructive arts programming spaces, a conference room, and a gallery shop.

Formed as a volunteer-run society in 1983, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery came under the operation of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council in 2003.

From that time, it has been staffed by a professional curator and an assistant who is also responsible for the operation of the gallery shop.