Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre

Located in the historical Cardium Theatre in Drayton Valley, Alberta - The Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre is a multipurpose performing arts venue for the greater Drayton Valley, Brazeau County & surrounding communities.  Our aim is to encourage & foster participation in the performing arts while revitalizing the downtown area.  We strive to create a community where adults and youth alike, perform & be entertained in this unique landmark venue.
Creating a Home for the Arts
Mrs. Eleanor Pickup
Eleanor and Howard Pickup came to Drayton Valley from the Alberta coal mining town of Nordegg after the coal market collapsed in the early 1950s.  When they arrived in 1954, Drayton Valley was a promise more than a reality.

Eleanor and Howard believed in their community, and they understood the privilege and responsibility of citizenship.  Their countless community recognition awards bore eloquent witness to their steadfast commitment to the interdependence of community and citizenship.

Eleanor’s community service was equally inspiring.  A photograph taken of Eleanor with Alberta’s former Lieutenant Governor, the late Lois Hole, celebrates her 60 years of service to the Red Cross. 

Eleanor cared for 13 foster children during the 1950s &1960s.  She supported numerous charities, including the Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many, many international relief agencies.

Eleanor taught music for over 60 years.  She supported and participated in many artistic endeavours from live theatre to choral productions and drama.  She believed the Arts enriched our quality of life and provided opportunities for people to develop and express their creative gifts.  The Eleanor Pickup Centre for the Performing Arts is dedicated to commemorating Eleanor’s perpetual interest in and contributions to the community.