August 2020 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community

August is here already? I hope you're enjoying the blue skies and warm summer nights.

At Place des Arts, we are entering the last couple of weeks of our Summer Fun! camp and it has been an incredible and exciting experience! We're so happy to have such great campers and dedicated teachers that made this summer's camps possible. Scroll down to view some images from our July camps and the great art that's been created!

We know many of you are eagerly awaiting the announcement of our 2020/21 season. We are busy putting the finishing touches on our classes and lessons. Stay tuned for more information later this month!

Get crafty this August with an art activity video from Place des Arts teacher, Lena Savic. This free craft is designed for all ages and abilities! Check it out below and activate your creativity!

This month we also feature some of our talented on Place des Arts artists. Read more about our growing PdA team, including our new teachers and our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe director.

Wishing you a lovely August,

Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Summer Camp Wrap-up!
Our Summer Fun! program is wrapping up on August 14. This year, our camp was different from past year with the majority of our programming being offered online, and it allowed us to try something new while still seeing your smiling faces and creativity.

Thank you to all our campers and parents who made our summer a success!

Take a look below at pictures from this summer from facility preparation to finalized artistic projects!

There are still limited spots available in our Online Summer Camps for Week 6 (August 10-14). To find out more and register, please visit here.
Place des Arts painting physical distancing sidewalk markers for COVID-19
Registration Clerk, Emma, helping prepare the supply kits for pick-up
Riley's work from
Art About You
Katie's work in
Pattern Explorers
Henry working in Junior Artists
The Tri-City News Awards voting is on until August 9
It’s that time of year again! Show your support for Place des Arts by participating in the Tri-city News 2020 A-List Awards voting. Last year, we won in the following categories “Art Studio” and “Fun Place for Kids” in Coquitlam.

Here are some suggestions for where you can vote for us!

Under Best Services:
  1. Art Studio
  2. Dance Studio
  3. Music Studio

Under Best People and Places:
  1. Art Gallery
  2. Fun Place for Kids
  3. Performing Arts Centre

It would be amazing if you could take a minute to vote for us and other incredible businesses in our area! Voting closes Sunday, August 9th at midnight. Vote here!
what's new?
Meet Lindsay Foreman: Arts, Culture and Heritage Enthusiast and Advocate
Place des Arts is happy to introduce Lindsay Foreman as our new Resource Development Coordinator. Lindsay joined the PdA team at the end of March and jumped right into her duties, tracking down grants and other opportunities that have enabled us to continue to engage and inspire our community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. She comes to PdA with over 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles within the arts, culture and heritage sectors of Ontario and BC. Lindsay has worked as an archaeologist, museum professional and editor. She best expresses herself artistically through writing and loves to research new topics!

In her spare time, Lindsay loves spending time outdoors, hiking throughout BC, cooking and baking and spending time with her three lovely pets: Olive, Naki and Roxy.
Bird Mobile Art Activity with Lena Savic
Join Place des Arts teacher, Lena Savic, for a short art activity using things you can find at home.

This Bird Mobile is for all ages and abilities, and is designed so you can make it as ornate or as simple as you like!

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She has worn many hats in art: art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, art instructor and practicing artist in her Vancouver East Side studio. She has taken part in artist residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.
get inspired
How to Support Artists during COVID-19
Like so many people during this pandemic, Artists have been hit very hard by the current social distancing requirements. Art is made to be shared, and artists are finding new ways to reach and connect with new audiences.

Check out our suggestions for art lovers who want to support artists but are not sure how to do so.

Interview with Summer Teen Theatre Troup director, Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson is an award-winning theatre director, creator and producer in Vancouver. She has an MFA in Directing and a BA with Honours in Theatre from the University of British Columbia.

Jessica is Port Coquitlam’s current artist-in-residence and is focusing on creating an immersive experience of her Grandmother’s life growing up on Commercial Drive during the 1940s and 50s.

This September, Jessica will be directing our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe production of Peter Pan-demic! Find out more about her career as a theatre professional, her advice for young artists and some fascinating details regarding this year's show.
Artist Mini-Feature: Tami Murray
Tami Murray of peanut butter pie art is a professional artist and art teacher currently creating art in Burnaby, BC. She received her BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art design (back before it was a university). There, she majored in photography and studied drawing, printmaking, bookmaking, 3-D art and painting. Tami splits her time teaching art at Place des Arts' Summer Fun! camp program, the Shadbolt Centre’s Community art program and is an Artist in Residence with the AIRs Program in Vancouver. She also teaches art to young adults in the Pacific Autism Family Network’s JET Program.

She practices guerrilla art abandonment, handcrafting charming creations and working in mixed media collage. She has been an active participant in the Living Room Art in the Heights art event for the last three years. Her current work combines drawing hand lettering line work and collage.

You can follow Tami on Instagram or take a look at her website.
get informed
We have new Teachers for the 2020/21 Season!
Michaela Reichenbach will be teaching some of our Dance programs.

Tessa Trach will be joining our theatre programs.

Joani Bye will be teaching SongShine.
what's funny?

Once I went to a museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums.
Stephen Wright (1955-)
American Comedian