"As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are determined to "build back bigger and better". We will be building on two fronts. During the 18 months with our capacity limited to 25%, we staged 60+ shows and events. Now that we can once again gather a full audience we will be quickly ramping our programming back up with stellar shows. We also hope to be physically building soon, kick-starting our exciting $9 million dollar expansion. Our project grows the deCoste from 13k to 23K square feet, housing a modern new public library, expanded event hosting space and a complete upgrade inside and out. In 2022 we will be celebrating our 40 year anniversary, and that will lead us into Pictou 2023, the 150th anniversary of the Town of Pictou and the 250th anniversary of the landing of the Hector." 

There are a variety of ways that you can get involved and support the deCoste as we recover from COVID-19 and kick-off our capital expansion/enhancement.

Be a Program Donor

We have a number of ongoing programs that rely on donor support. These offer an immediate and impactful way to support activity that benefits your community. Many of these programs aim to deliver new programming and/or reduce barriers and ensure our programming is inclusive of all. Some examples:

Be a Corporate Sponsor

For any theatre, admissions revenue only covers a portion of operations and presenting shows. Without government and corporate support ticket prices would need to be much higher, out of reach for many in our community. Corporate sponsors have made much of our success possible over the years. Here are some examples.

Sponsorship is an effective means of marketing for your company. Annually we see upwards of 25,000 patrons come through our facility to attend shows and events. We regularly interact with our membership, 1000+ strong, 6500 email list members and 10,000 highly engaged supporters on our social media platforms. We also publish 4-6 publications each year, reaching upwards of 40,000 households. By aligning your brand with the deCoste you are reaching a large audience and empowering positive social and economic development in our region.

As we emerge and recover from COVID-19, the performing arts will offer your employees/clients/partners a valuable opportunity to relax and have fun. 

Every sponsorship is unique and we always have projects needing partners. Please contact us today ( 

Contribute to Our Capital Campaign

We are fundraising to embark on an exciting $9 million dollar expansion and enhancement project. This project will have a profound impact on Pictou County. Please view our project microsite for more information. The deCoste, partners and community have already raised nearly $1.3 million and the goal is within sight. Success requires widespread community support and many donations, large and small. No contribution is too small. Gifts over $250 will be recognized on a donor wall within the new facility and larger donations provide opportunities for additional recognition/acknowledgement. The deCoste is a registered federal charity, so donation receipts will be provided for contributions. We welcome pledge type contributions, spread over multiple years as well as in-memoriam donations. Please contact us to discuss your contribution to this amazing project.  

Legacy Gifts and Bequests

The deCoste launched an endowment fund in 2015, following a bequest from a long-time patron. Gifts to our endowment fund have the potential to be fully matched by the federal government, and will be vested in perpetuity. The principal gift remains intact, while it produces annual income to support the deCoste's operations and fuel continued growth. To discuss a legacy gift to the deCoste, please contact us (