March 2020 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community

The days are starting to get longer and the weather warmer - March is here! This month we have plenty going on, including our annual Spring Break Art Camp.

This year's camp is close to being sold out! Take a look below to see what is available and how to register. All classes and lessons are also on hiatus from March 16-20.

We have a few artsy upcoming events. On March 8, we are hosting an event for International Women's Day. We also have our new exhibitions starting up, with the opening reception on March 27 and a pop-up exhibition starting March 14. Find out more below!

Join in on Between the Bridges , an Arts, Culture and Dining Fest going on during the entire month of March. With destinations, venues and restaurants from Burnaby, Coquitlam, New West and Port Moody, there's plenty to explore. To take part, grab a passport from one of the participating locations and start collecting stamps. There will be a prize draw using the passports. We are one of the participating members so stop by and get stamped!

Also, keep an eye out for our classic concert, Humours of Love on April 4.

Happy Spring!
Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Our Spring Break Camp is around the corner!
Our camp is nearly sold out, but we still have some spaces available in our March 23-27 , Gr. 6-9 classes, Painting like the Pros and Digital Art: Game Design Intensive.

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

If you are signed up, we look forward to seeing you! Take a look at our brochure to review the schedule before you get here.
Image: Primary by Elsa Chesnel
Stop by at the end of the month to view our March exhibitions
This month at Place des Arts, we have three exhibitions from March 27 - April 23, 2020 .

Coquitlam Heritage Society's Civilian Impressions: Remnants of Conflict showcases how artists interpret the experience of war.

Elsa Chesnel's mixed media pieces in Figurative Abstractions explore her self-hood and the power of her work in influencing its own creation.

Lyn Tretiak's uses paint and pastels in Rural Ukraine Today to illustrate modern Ukraine and the fading way of rural life.

Drop by our exhibition opening reception on March 27, from 7:00-9:00 pm to meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine and get inspired.

Castoro de Oro Winery  is our exclusive wine sponsor for our 2019/2020 exhibition openings.
what's new?
Special pop-up exhibition on this Month!
From March 14 - 24 , we are hosting a special ceramics exhibition in our Link Gallery coinciding with the Canadian Clay Symposium .

Meltdown features ceramics by artist and Place des Arts teacher and technician Vin Arora. Arora explores what can be learned and cultivated from perceived failures and works to reframe issues of mental health.  . Find out more here.

10% of artwork sales will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association by the artist.
Celebrate International Women's Day with art!
On March 8, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, join exhibiting artist Marlene Lowden for an artist talk about her exhibition  Blind Contour Homage Series , then try your hand at blind contour drawing. Lowden’s exhibition celebrates under-recognized Canadian female artists. She studied artists with diverse cultural heritages, and Lowden will share some of their fascinating stories, explain her artistic process and invite attendees to try some blind contour drawing exercises.

Classic Concert: The Humours of Love
On April 4 , from 7:00-9:00 pm , Triskellion ,  with harpist  Rebecca Blair,  singer and flutist  Michelle Carlisle  and fiddler   Rosie Carver , will be holding a classic concert filled with beautiful music inspired by the heart. The ensemble will perform music both old and new celebrating love, laughter and longing.

Students* & Seniors** $16 | Adults $21 (+ GST)
*Student pricing is available for all Place des Arts students, regardless of age, or for students holding a valid student card from other institutions

get inspired
Image: Mass Grave by Mohadese Movahed
Looking back with Coquitlam Heritage
The Coquitlam Heritage Society and Place des Arts have worked together on multiple events throughout the years. This long-standing relationship is built on more than just being on the same lot.

Behind the Scenes with us: Exhibitions
Every month at Place des Arts from September through June, we host exhibitions to celebrate local visual artists in our community. With many diverse styles of work and mediums, these exhibitions brighten up our space and inspire many who come through our doors. But what goes into putting an exhibition together?

This month, we followed our Fine and Performing Arts Programmer, Kim Correia, as she prepared for our next exhibition to find out what goes into making our spaces shine.

get informed
Want to be a part of our Student Exhibition?
Have you studied visual arts at Place des Arts this season? Or are you a teacher here? Show off your work by participating in our annual student Exhibition or our Teachers and Staff Exhibition June 5 - 24 !

Place des Arts Student Exhibition
We are looking for submissions from students of all ages for our 2019/2020 student exhibition. Any student registered in visual arts class or workshop in the current season is welcome to apply. This year the theme is humour and how it ignites a sense of play, reveals truths and helps us overcome hardships.
Place des Arts Teachers and Staff Exhibition
Place des Arts seeks submissions from teachers and staff for the 2019 / 2020 Place des Arts Teacher Exhibition .
Summer Registration is coming up!
Save the date! Registration for our Summer Fun! camp, summer dance classes and summer music lessons opens on April 5 !
  • Online at 7:00 am
  • In-person or by phone at 1:00 pm

Our Summer Program Guide will be available early in March! Be sure to pick your camp classes ahead of time so you're prepared once registration day arrives.
Work with us this Summer during our camp

We have two positions available for our annual  Summer Fun!  Art Camp. Both roles are 14-week, full-time contracts beginning on May 19 and ending on August 21, 2020.
We are looking for a:

The deadline to apply to either role is  March 2, 2020.
get out in the community
Things to do this March
This month there are two major art events. Find out more!
31st Annual Festival du Bois , March 6-8, 2020
Festival du Bois is full of lively music and dance, with live music from artists around the country and workshops for the whole family. There will be French Canadian and francophone folk, world and original music – both traditional and new. Have fun with plenty of activities, delicious food and a warm and welcoming environment. This takes place in the Maillardville neighbourhood, right across the street from Place des Arts.

This contemporary dance festival has performances at various venues throughout Vancouver and features an incredibly diverse amount of events, ranging from butoh to ballet. Events are both paid and free. This also includes workshops and other dance activities.
what's funny?

When having my portrait painted I don't want justice, I want mercy.

Billy Hughes (1862 - 1952)
7th Prime Minister of Australia