December 2018 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community
It's time to kick-start the holiday season and we've got two engaging events coming up for you to do so in fine festive fashion!

On Friday, December 7 adults (19+) can get in the holiday spirit at our second pARTy@PdA of the season: Festive Felting.

On Sunday, December 9, the whole family is invited to Reflections: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity to discover how our cultural traditions and customs are entwined at this time of year.

Our Christmas Boutique is open and filled with an Aladdin's treasure trove of hand-crafted ornaments, decorations and gifts lovingly made by artisans in our community. And, if you have an art lover or have someone on your gift list who has all the mod-cons, check out the beautiful miniature artworks in our Positively Petite: Annual Miniature Exhibition.

Don't forget to register for the winter session! Classes are filling up quickly and you don't want to miss out on your favourite.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from all of us at Place des Arts!
Kate Lancaster
Communications Coordinator, Place des Arts

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what's on? 
Cultural Lantern Making & Storytelling!
Discover how the traditions and customs of the diverse cultures in our community are entwined over the holiday season at our free, all-ages event Reflections on Sunday, December 9 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

Make lanterns based on those of the four main cultural groups in our community: Chinese, Korean, Persian and European, partake in our Storytelling Tea Salon with First Nations artist in residence Molly Billows and special guests, hear live music and enjoy a theatrical Celebration of Diversity.

Over at Mackin House, participate in heritage Christmas craft making and enjoy home-made baked goods, hot chocolate and traditional caroling.

Find out more!

Thanks to our Reflections sponsors for supporting this free community event!

It's time to pARTy@PdA with Festive Felting
Adults ages 19+ are invited to learn the art of wet felting in a social and relaxed atmosphere at our next pARTy@PdA of the season called Festive Felting on Friday, December 7 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Gather your friends to felt the evening away while enjoying light appetizers, desserts and, perhaps, a lovely glass of wine from our cash bar. With the skills you learn, you can make your own felted items at home!

Tickets: $26/person or 2 for $42 (+GST) available online at

what's new? 
Dabble in Something New this Winter!   
Are you a young dancer wanting to build strength, balance and flexibility? Try our Acro for Dancers classes! (7-10 and 11+ years)
Would you like to stick your toe into the visual arts? Try our So You Think You Can't Paint? and Oil Painting for Beginners adult mini-session classes!
Do you like participating in fun and engaging social activities? Get tickets to our adult-only pARTy@PdA: Books with Burgundy
We have lots of inspiring classes and events coming up where you can dabble in something new. Visit our website to see the multitude of programs and events we're offering for winter and start planning your creative time!
Pam's Pals Featured in the Christmas Boutique   
If you've stopped by our Christmas Boutique this season, you've likely enjoyed seeing the wonderful fellow pictured at left or another one of Pam Leitch's fabulous "Country Critters."
Pam is a new artisan in this year's boutique, and her intricately crafted fairy tale-inspired creatures are a big hit. Pam started making stuffed bunnies over 25 years ago as gifts for the children in her life. As her technique improved, she moved on to other animals and creatures and eventually started selling them at craft fairs. 
Be sure to check out our Christmas Boutique to see Pam's critters in person, plus many more lovingly handcrafted items made by our local artisans.
get inspired
Artist in Residence Elicits Kid's Stories   
Our current artist in residence Molly Billows, Northern Coast Salish from the Homalco Nation, has been leading school field-trip workshops in storytelling over the past few weeks.  
Using art and storytelling, Molly has guided the students to explore themes of home, ancestry, memory and connection.    
The personal and collective reflections they create in the workshops will make up a soundscape for the Celebration of Diversity that wraps up our Reflections event on December 9.
Place des Arts is grateful for the financial support from the Province of BC and the City of Coquitlam which has allowed us to provide Molly's Artist-in-Residence workshops for free to local schools.  
get informed
Place des Arts is Closed over the Holidays
Please note: Place des Arts will be closed over the Christmas break from Sunday, December 23 until Sunday, January 6. We re-open for regular classes and lessons on Monday, January 7.

get out in the community
See Jake's Gift at Evergreen
We highly recommend you take in the poignant Jake's Gift, on stage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre from December 11 - 15th.

Jake's Gift is a multi-award winning Canadian play about a World War II veteran's reluctant return to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. At its heart, Jake's Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier's grave.

Jake's Gift is written and performed by Julia Mackey, who plays both an 80-year-old war veteran and a 10-year-old girl.

"Jake's Gift is theatre in its purest form. It is an instant love affair between performer and audience. This is a jewel of a show you simply can't afford to miss."

~ Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun
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