July 2018 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community
Happy Canada Day! This month, we're excited to share our new brand with you and let you know about the exciting contest we're holding in celebration of the brand launch. You could win big!!

Our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe is getting set to start rehearsals for this year's production, a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. They'll be performing nine free shows at Coquitlam Town Centre later this month!

We're getting set to welcome kids to our popular Summer Fun! art camps and have some tips for parents.

Read on for an inspiring story about one of our teachers, a call for youth volunteers and a sneak peek at our upcoming events season!

Finally, be sure to stop by and do an art activity with us at the Coquitlam Canada Day celebrations today!

Kate Lancaster
Communicationd Coordinator, Place des Arts

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what's new? 
brand A New Look for Place des Arts
Check out our new brand!
Over the years, we've heard many words used to describe the Place des Arts vibe: warm, welcoming, vibrant, inspiring. But chief among them is the word home. "Place des Arts is like home to me" is the phrase we've heard more than any other. It is no surprise, then, that home was the word that inspired the development of our new logo and the tagline: Home to our arts community.

This past year, we worked with award-winning design studio Carter Hales who took inspiration from the iconic mansard roof line of our original historic home to design the striking "A"- the centrepiece of our new logo. Their colourful palette and illustrations evoke inspiration and the warm, welcoming feeling that so many experience here. And the bold but friendly look reflects our goal to increase awareness of the arts, remove barriers to participation and invite more people to explore their creativity in meaningful ways.

If you haven't been to Place des Arts lately, stop by to see the vibrant new banners hanging in the Atrium and all the other ways we've integrated our new brand into the centre.

We're also excitedly awaiting a new website that Carter Hales is currently working on. It will launch in September!

contestMy Place des Arts Story Contest
Tell us your Place des Arts story to win fabulous prizes!

Help us celebrate the launch of our new brand by telling us how Place des Arts feels like home to you! Enter our My Place des Arts Story Contest and you could win a fabulous prize! We're looking for stories that are original, that relate to Place des Arts, that are meaningful, inspiring, creative and memorable!

Enter online here (please fill out ALL 3 questions to be eligible)

First prize: $1000 ($500 Place des Arts gift certificate + $500 pre-paid Visa gift card)
Second prize: $500 ($250 Place des Arts gift certificate + $250 pre-paid Visa gift card)
Third prize: $250 ($125 Place des Arts gift certificate + $125 pre-paid Visa gift card)

All winners will also have a starring role in a My Place des Arts Story video like the one featured above created by Eran Jayne Photography.

Contest deadline: July 31, 2018 at 8pm
what's on? 
Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Teen Troupe presents Shakespeare's famous love story 

Blissful Love! Family Drama! Pledges and Heartbreak! Discover Shakespeare's most famous love story Romeo and Juliet through our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe's modern, family-friendly adaptation. You'll never look at teen love in the same way again! 

Tuesday, July 24 | 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25 | 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 26 | 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Friday, July 27 | 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 28 | 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 29 | 1:00 pm

BYO blanket and picnic | show goes on, rain or shine!

Get a Sneak Peek at Next Season's Events
Concerts, pARTies, Family Days and more coming soon 

Our 2018/19 season of entertainment is set and we're sure you won't be disappointed! We've got lots of fun for the family as well as three classic faculty concerts.

We've also lined up six fun and fabulous food, wine and art pARTies just for adults. Teens, too, can look forward to two artful events created just for them!

These plus a whole season of fabulous artwork in our galleries and more exciting events await.

Take a look at our 2018/2019 Events, Performances and Exhibitions Guide, then mark your calendars to get engaged in art at Place des Arts - home to our arts community!

get inspired
Art Teacher Travels to Guatemala
Dawn Livera learns Mayan textile practices

In May, our wonderful visual and fibre arts teacher Dawn Livera took a one-week break from teaching at Place des Arts to go on an inspiring weaving trip to Guatemala organized by Thread Caravan.

During the trip, she and the group she was with visited several communities near Lake Atitlan where they learned about Mayan textile practices.

They learned how to process and spin Ixcaco (naturally brown cotton) on a supported spindle in Chuacruz, spent a day dyeing cotton with local plants in San Juan La Laguna, and then each worked one-on-one with a weaving teacher to learn about backstrap weaving in San Antonio Palopo. On their last evening, they attended an embroidery workshop organized by Casa Flor, a small clothing company based in Antigua.

Dawn says, "Of course I came home with a suitcase full of beautiful, handwoven fabrics that I can bring to my weaving classes at Place des Arts to inspire my students!"

Sadly, shortly after Dawn returned home, the devastating volcanic eruption in Guatemala directly impacted the family of Casa Flor's tailor Irma, several of whom lost homes and a few who lost their lives. If you'd like more information about this, or are inspired to offer some volcano relief, Dawn encourages you to visit http://casaflordesigns.com/thoughts.
get informed
summertipsIs Your Child Coming to Summer Fun? 
Get some tips for a smooth transition to camp!   
Week 1 of our Summer Fun! art camp starts on Tuesday, July 3, and we're excited to welcome your wonderful children to Place des Arts - home to our arts community!

Please review our Behaviour Policy, Info for Parents, Helpful Tips and FAQ to ensure your child has a great experience! 
Call for Members!
Teens needed for our Youth Arts Council
Are you in grades 9 - 12 and looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities? Join our volunteer Youth Arts Council and put your passions to good use! You'll meet new people, gain experience and have fun while making important contributions to the arts in our community.

Among other responsibilities, the 2018/19 Youth Arts Council will produce and host two events specifically for teens: Teen Day on November 25 and Art After Dark on May 25.

Deadline to apply is Monday, July 30! Find out more and apply here.  

ceramic christmas ornaments Call for Artists!
Sell your wares in our Christmas Boutique
Are you an artist or artisan who creates beautiful handcrafted items that would be perfect to sell in our Christmas Boutique?  
We're currently seeking to attract artisans who create items such as handmade beeswax candles, stationery and greeting cards, and knitted items, particularly those made from natural fibres. Place des Arts will not be accepting prints of any kind, jewelry or ceramics.
Items do not necessarily need to be Christmas themed, but can be gifts that hold year-round appeal. All works are for sale and artisans set prices. Place des Arts retains 30% of the retail price. A $10 application fee applies.
Deadline for submission is Friday, July 27
get out in the community
Canadian Flagcanada Coquitlam Canada Day
Come celebrate with us!

The City of Coquitlam is once again hosting its free Canada Day event at Town Centre Park today, and we'll be there under our shiny new tents offering fun arts activities!

Coquitlam's Canada Day celebration has grown to be the largest event in the Tri-Cities. It is known for its wide range of diverse live entertainment, delicious ethnic and regional food and multi-cultural activities.

The event takes place on July 1 from 12 noon - 10:30pm, with fireworks starting at 10pm. Our tents will be located in "the meadow" (see sitemap here), and we'll be there from noon to 8:30pm.

Hop on the skytrain to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, and you won't need to worry about parking!
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