January 2019 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community
Happy New Year, loyal readers! Have you set any goals for the coming year? My goal is to explore more - explore learning opportunities, explore the globe through a bit of travel and explore my own creativity!

We have lots of ways for you to explore at Place des Arts this month: Learn about Scottish culture at our 7th annual Celebration of Robbie Burns; dive into the visual arts with your family at our January 20 Family Day at PdA; or learn new skills and techniques in one of our many visual, literary or performing arts classes.

We wish you and yours all the best for 2019 and hope you find joy in exploring whatever strikes a chord for you!

Kate Lancaster
Communications Coordinator

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what's on? 
Annual Burns Celebration Gets a Facelift
Mark your calendars for our Celebration of Robbie Burns on Saturday, January 20, and read on to discover what's new for this year's event!
Since its inception seven years ago, our popular A Celebration of Robbie Burns has included a sit-down Scottish-inspired supper. 
To freshen things up this year, the event will start earlier at 5:30pm with a casual small-plates buffet, a cornucopia of tastes and flavours inspired by the cuisine of Scotland, and will wind up with a post-concert meet, greet and sip with the band.
In between, the celebration remains the same as in previous years, with Celtic band Blackthorn starting their lively concert at 7:00pm, host Edward Mornin recounting stories of Burns and reciting Burn's Address to a Haggis, Matt Dolan "piping in the haggis" and a cash bar serving wine, beer and, of course, scotch whisky! 
Tickets at brownpapertickets.com
Buffet and Concert (all ages): $41 | Concert Only: Adults $21; Students $16 (+GST)  

Join Us for First Family Day of 2019
Welcome in the new year with three new exhibitions and a brand-new Family Day at PdA on Sunday, January 20 from 2:00 - 4:00pm!

Start your afternoon with a self-guided tour of our new exhibitions:  A Celebration of Colour and Abstraction by Francis Friesen, And then there were none by Fiona Howarth and FLOW: Nature, Art and Mind by Janet Strayer.

 Then, participate in three drop-in style art activities based on the subject matter and mediums of the exhibitions to make your very own masterpieces!  
  • Join artist Francis Friesen to celebrate colour and explore abstraction using vibrant inks and found materials  
  • Gain inspiration from Fiona Howarth's photography and create your own homage to our natural landscape using a variety of drawing materials
  • Explore the boundary between representation and abstraction and try your hand at creating a mixed-media masterpiece like Janet Strayer
Reserve your spot here

what's new? 
Save the Date for our Next pARTy!   
Folks are lovin' our adult-only pARTy@PdA events this season, and the next one is sure to impress!

Save the date for Books with Burgundy on Friday, February 1 when you can learn to make your own artful book with artist Dawn Livera.

As usual, we'll supply delectable sweet and savoury nibblies and a cash bar serving red and white burgundy wines, as well as soft drinks for you to enjoy as you dive into your creativity to make a personalized book.

Tickets at brownpapertickets.com | $26/person or 2 for $42 (+GST)
Three New Exhibitions Open January 11   
It's time for fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine! Stop by on Friday, January 11 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for the opening reception for three new exhibitions where you can mix and mingle with the artists while viewing their shows.

This month in Place des Arts' gallery spaces you'll find FLOW: Nature, Art and Mind, paintings by Janet Strayer; A Celebration of Colour and Abstraction, alcohol inks by Francis Friesen; And then there were none, photography by Fiona Howarth.

Image: Carmen Abstract [detail] by Francis Friesen

Read more about the artists and their work
get inspired
Dance, Paint, Play the Winter Blues Away!
What to do on those dark, rainy days of winter? Come to Place des Arts and let the colour of creativity shed some light, of course!

Dance is a super fun way to chase the winter blues away, and we offer adult dance classes in a variety of styles like hip hop, jazz, ballet and tap. We even have a dance class specifically for people living with Parkinson's disease.

For those more musically inclined, how about building your guitar skills in our Basic Jazz Guitar for Adults? Or for the cellists out there, did you know we have a cello ensemble you can join? Find all our music classes here.

Participating in the visual arts is also a great conduit to happiness during the dark, cold months of winter. Check out our wide variety of visual arts classes like Basic Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting for Beginners, Yarn Spinning and more, and brighten up your days through art. Check out our art classes for all ages here.

We also offer classes in digital media art, theatre arts and creative writing, so we really do have something to match all artistic interests!

If you haven't had a chance to browse our 2018/2019 Program Guide, isn't it time you did?
Meet Claire - Our New(ish) Registration Clerk!  
Have you met Claire at the registration desk yet? Claire is one of our newer registration clerks, so we thought we'd share her story, so you can learn a little bit about the woman behind the smile.
Claire has been working behind the registration desk since May 2018, and she's a wonderful addition to the team.  
Considering she was thrown into the figurative fire, starting as she did with the rush of registration for our 2018/2019 season, Claire always manages to maintain a positive and welcoming demeanor while helping clients navigate the registration process.
get informed
Winter Class Start Dates
As the holidays wind down, you may be wondering when your classes/lessons start up again. Well, we have the answer! 
        • Private lessons & Sep-Jun classes begin the week of January 7
        • Winter session classes begin the week of January 14
Spring Break Camp Registration
If you're hoping to register your child(ren) in our popular Spring Break Camp or Intensives, save the date! Registration opens on Monday, January 21.
        • Online: 12:01am
        • In person or by phone: 9:00am*
View the Spring Break Camp brochure for class descriptions, fees, registration info and more.  
*Please note, Due to the amount of registrations we process on the first day, in-person registration will take priority over phone registration. If you wish to register by phone, please be advised that your call may not be immediately answered.
get out in the community
PuSH Festival Features 26 Shows
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver's signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival is a curated program of groundbreaking work in the live performing arts from across the country and around the globe.

The 2019 PuSH Festival runs from January 17 - February 3 and features 26 critically acclaimed works from different artistic disciplines, with inspiration drawn from the sacred to the profane.

See the lineup of performances here

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