February 2019 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community
The sun is sticking around a little longer each day, the daffodils are poking their heads up and the time for celebrating love is coming up - happy February!

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you'll find out about our final Family Day of the season, a Pro-D Day of the Arts for kids and three new exhibitions in our galleries.

You can also view a short video about the 3rd place winner in our My Place des Arts Story Contest, see photos of our Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company on tour and check out the art intensives for youth we'll be offering during spring break.

Finally, to keep our loyal newsletter readers in the loop, we're including important information about City parking by-laws to help you avoid getting a ticket at Place des Arts.

Hoping the longer days bring sunny skies!
Kate Lancaster
Communications Coordinator

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what's on? 
February Family Day at PdA! familyday2
Join us for our final Family Day of the season during the BC Family Day weekend on Sunday, February 17 from 2:00-4:00pm.
View our three new exhibitions, then participate in drop-in style art activities based on the subject matter and mediums of the exhibitions to make your very own masterpieces.

  • Create your own animal artwork like painter Ronald George Straight - feel free to bring a photo of your favourite furry friend for inspiration!
  • Fabricate a fashion-forward masterpiece inspired by the artists of My Artist's Corner to express your personality.
  • Capture a piece of your family's history in an interactive activity based on the exhibition curated by Coquitlam Heritage.
Admission is free; please pre-register at brownpapertickets.com so we can make sure to have enough art supplies!  
Pro-D Day Fun in Day of the Arts     pro-d
Friday, February 22 is an SD #43 Pro-D Day, so we're hosting a Day of the Arts to keep kids from kindergarten to grade 5 engaged!

Based on the theme eARTh, Nature, Art, children will explore our natural world through a variety of visual and performing arts classes.

View the flyer to choose your block of activities.

Register now online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts.

what's new? 
exhibitionsThree New Exhibitions Open February 15    
Drop by our next opening reception on Friday, February 15 from 7:00 - 9:00pm to meet the artists and museum staff presenting three intriguing new exhibitions.

Featured in our galleries until March 16 are Wildlife Friends, paintings by Ronald George Straight and  Fashion & Hats! , works in various mediums by My Artist's Corner.   
On view until April 27 is Belonging: Treasured Pieces of Our Past, a community exhibition curated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society.

Image: Where the Antelope Play, Ronald George Straight
get inspired
Bella's Story - 3rd Place in the My Place des Arts Story Contest

Meet our 3rd Place Story Contest Winner!  
This month, we're excited to share the first story and visual vignette of Bella Han who won third prize in our My Place des Arts Story Contest that we held last summer as part of our new brand launch.
Bella is a long-time student at Place des Arts, studying piano with Marjory Purdy and ballet with Lucienne Ancykowski. Indeed, the entire Han family are fixtures here! Bella's sister Kara also studied piano, sat as President of our Youth Arts Council and taught as a Junior Piano Teacher, and their parents Mediawati and Arming can be regularly seen working away in the atrium while Bella is in her lessons.
We're thrilled that Bella entered the contest and submitted her wonderful story about why Place des Arts feels like home to her.  
View Bella's video vignette at left and read Bella's story here
Video vignette created by Eran Jayne Photography 
CYT Inspires School Students  
Congratulations to our 2018/2019 Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company (CYT), who just finished presenting their first performances of the season!
The students in CYT took two shows on tour to several School District 43 elementary and middle schools, entertaining and inspiring the students. The experience helped our young actors grow as performers, discover the excitement of acting in front of live audiences and build courage and confidence as theatre artists.  
Thanks to CYT directors Seamus Fera and Julia Ullrich, and technique coach Shelby Simmons for their hard work and dedication behind the scenes! 

Check out photos of the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on tour here.

Thanks to Metro Vancouver for supporting our 2018/19 Coquitlam Youth Theatre Co!

Dive Deep into Art in Spring Break Intensives springbreak2 
Over spring break, Place des Arts not only offers a popular Spring Break Camp for kids in kindergarten to grade 5, but also inspiring half-day art intensives for older youth in grades 6 - 9.
These three-hour intensives provide an opportunity to delve deeper into specific arts disciplines, allowing youth to create more intricate projects and build greater skills.
There are still spots available in the second week intensives! 
  • Ceramic Sculptures
    March 25-29, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • iDJ: School of Mix
    March 25-29, 12:35pm - 3:35pm
 View the camp brochure for class descriptions, registration info and more.
Register now online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts. 
get informed
BC Family Day Closure
BC Family Day is coming up on Monday, February 18, and our Place des Arts family will be taking the day off.

Please note, there will be no classes or lessons on this day, as the centre will be closed.

We hope you enjoy a fun and creative day with your family!

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Parking Illegally? The City Might Ticket You! parking
We recognize that parking is limited at Place des Arts, especially during peak hours, which may cause frustration for our clients.  
To create a parking culture that is more stress-free and, most importantly, ensures the safety of all our clients, teachers and staff, we request your cooperation and adherence to City of Coquitlam parking by-laws.   
Please be advised that City of Coquitlam by-law officers will be issuing parking tickets to anyone parked in prohibited parking zones at Place des Arts. These include:
  • The drop off zone by the main entrance. This drive-through area is for quick drop-offs and pick-ups only. The driver must remain in the vehicle; double parking or stopping for extended periods is strictly prohibited.
  • On the side of the entrance to the east parking lot on top of the yellow painted "no parking" cross hatching.
City of Coquitlam by-law officers are regularly monitoring the drive-through drop-off zone and the east parking lot, and violators will be ticketed.
get out in the community
Get Set for Valentine's Day at Mackin House
Our friends at the Coquitlam Heritage Society have organized two workshops at Mackin House (our neighbour at 1116 Brunette Ave) that are sure to get you in the mood for love!

Learn to make heritage-style Valentine's cards for loved ones on February 9, or take part in a romantic chocolate making workshop, complete with wine and snacks on Valentine's Day evening.

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