December 2020 at Place des Arts
home to our arts community

We've made it! Coming into the final month of the year, it is amazing to think about how much has changed and what the future holds. I hope this year has been rewarding, even if there were many bumps along the way.

First of all, I would like to thank you all for supporting
Place des Arts during this difficult year. Your dedication to our organization has meant the world to everyone at PdA and we are proud to be a home to your arts community.

As today is Giving Tuesday, we hope you can help Share Your Love of PdA by spreading your passion for the arts with others! Your financial support of PdA allows us to reach and provide educational arts opportunities to newcomer and low-income Tri-Cities families and we are proud to continue to offer program subsidies, scholarships and bursaries to encourage participation in the arts. Donate here today! You will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt.
There are many ways to Share your Love of PdA if a financial contribution is outside your means:

Next year we will be launching our Creative heARTs Family Day series that will help support in-need families. Find out more below.

This month, Place des Arts' Christmas Boutique and Positively Petite Exhibition continues, you have until December 17 to visit.
Happy holidays!

Aurora van Roon,
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Positively Petite and Christmas Boutique ends December 17
Even with the new restrictions in place, we are still welcoming visitors (either individuals or core bubbles) to peruse our Positively Petite Exhibition and our Christmas Boutique.
Positively Petite Exhibition
This annual exhibition, exclusive to Place des Arts, features small artworks in various mediums including paintings, ceramics, fibre arts, collage, mixed media and photography from 37 local artists.

If you would prefer to stay home, you can view the exhibition in full online!

Pieces from this exhibition make truly unique gifts for the art lover on your list or those you want to introduce to the beautiful world of art just in time for the holiday season. All purchases directly support cultural programming at Place des Arts and the artists.

I've already purchased a few pieces and with the variety of work, there truly is something for everyone.

Image: Falstaff by Arlene Connolly
Christmas Boutique

This year we have a parred down boutique, featuring finely handcrafted artisan gifts and ornaments made by talented local artisans. Find one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your holiday gift list.

View what we have available here and the rest of our shop here.

Artist: Penny Lane
what's new?
Winter/Spring Program Guide Available Now
We are happy to announce we have created a guide for our classes in 2021. This guide includes important information registration, safety guidelines, private lesson details and a lot of classes in the visual and performing arts, both online and in-person!

Please take the time to view the pdf here or you can view the digital version with links here.

Registration opens on November 30, 2020.
get inspired
Embracing the natural world through art with Christi York
Christi York is a harvester and a weaver. All of the materials she collects for her artwork are found in and around her home on Vancouver Island. She hopes that her work will encourage people to pause and take notice of the natural world around us all.

Christi is featured in our annual Positively Petite exhibition that showcases miniature artwork created by local artists.

get informed
Holiday Closure
Place des Arts will be closed from December 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021.

Classes and lessons will resume on January 4, 2021.
Announcing our Creative heARTs Family Day Series
Stay tuned as we will be launching our new Creative heARTs Family Day series in 2021.

The goal of Creative heARTS is to encourage individual and family mental and physical wellbeing through participation in the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newcomer and low-income families will have the opportunity to engage in visual arts workshops within the safety of their social bubbles at our facility.
get out in the community (socially distanced edition)
Here are some ways to get into the holiday spirit this month:
  • Christmas Glow in Langley: A lights display that is now a drive-thru event where people tour the attraction in their cars. (Nov 26 - Jan 2)
  • Christmas & Holiday Lights: Visit Granville Island to take a stroll and view their warm and elegant lights display. (Nov 12 - Jan 3)
  • PNE WinterLights: The winter holiday adventure takes place at the Pacific National Exhibition. It’s a drive-thru event where families can tour around the venue in their cars, see beautiful Christmas displays, explore magical lands and try to find Santa. (Dec 11-13 and 17-23)

Be sure to review their website before heading out! With new orders being put in place, many events are being postponed, cancelled or require reservations.
Art and Belonging

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”

Maya Angelou
American Poet and Activist