On February 11th, 1993, one hundred people gathered at the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo to discuss the formation of the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (WCAC). A proposal was presented to the City of Waterloo and it was agreed that the WCAC be given a three year mandate to create a self-supporting art centre in the Old Button Factory. The arts centre conducts classes, workshops, members' art shows, art exhibitions and special events.

In September 1996, WCAC was granted a long-term lease on the Button Factory a charming heritage building once used for the manufacturing of buttons has now become a vital part of Uptown Waterloo. 

The WCAC is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. It exists to promote all forms of art programs in the community including: performances, classes, workshops, special events and art exhibitions. The WCAC offers programs for children, youth, adults and seniors of all artistic disciplines and level of achievement from amateur to professional at affordable costs.

25 Regina St, South
Waterloo, ON
N2J 1R


Tel:  519.886.4577  

Executive Director
Heather Franklin
[email protected]

Head of Operations 
Erin Stamoulos
[email protected]

Program & Communications Director
Allie Brenner
[email protected]

Office Hours 
Monday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm 

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Facility Rental Information: 
Button Factory Arts has rental space available for artistic 
performances, art exhibitions, and meetings. The cost of 
renting varies depending on the day, time and space. 
Other equipment including theatre lights, dance floor and 
grand piano may be rented for an additional fee. Reduced 
rates are available for piano rehearsals during the day. 
For more details phone or drop by during office hours
and pick up an information sheet