February 2020 at Place des Arts
home to our arts community

Now that January 2021 has settled in, I've been thinking about everything we achieved in the past year at Place des Arts. We closed, re-opened, started hosting our programs online, transitioned our Exhibitions and Artisan Shop online, revamped our camps and so much more.

We are grateful to everyone who stuck with us this year and continues to be flexible even with the many changes occurring day-to-day. This year, we hope for happy students, our teachers to have busy schedules, a positive atmosphere in our facility and for the arts to continue to inspire. 

It's not too late to register for Spring classes. All our available classes can be viewed here:
Take part in the arts for your mental health!

Our three exhibitions are ongoing and you can find out more about them below, as well as our upcoming Reflections event and our Day of the Arts Pro-D Day camp.
I hope you enjoy what February has to bring,

Aurora van Roon,
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Take part in our February Day of the Arts Camp
Join us on Friday, February 26, 2021, from 9:00 am – 3:35 pm, for an SD43 Pro-D Day.

This year, our camp will be in-person for ages 6-11. The camp consists of two activities, one dance/movement and one visual arts. Spots are limited due to COVID-19.

Registration will open on February 5, 2021.
Visit our exhibitions in-person this month!
Backcountry by Rick Herdman
If you didn't have the chance to visit our exhibitions that opened last month, they on view until March 18.

You can view Capturing Moments: Chronicling Our Lives curated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society, Into the Woods: BC Nature in Woodcut by Rick Herdman and Remnants by Laura Clark.

Find out more about the exhibitions from the artists!

Watch Coquitlam Heritage's artist panel with Rose Kapp and Kathleen Tennant and tour the exhibition here.

Read an interview with Rick Herdman from the Tri-City News.

Find out more about Laura Clark's creative process in this video.

We also did a unique 360 tour of her exhibition that you can view online here!
We welcome individual and core bubble visits to our exhibition spaces by appointment. Please call 604-664-1636 ext. 0 to book.
what's new?
Blackthorn is keeping Robbie Burns Day Alive!
For the past several years, we have celebrated Robbie Burns Day (January 25) with a wonderful dinner and music from Celtic band, Blackthorn. This year we could not host our event, so we spoke with band member and Place des Arts Music teacher, Rosie Carver, to relive some past concert experiences and learn more about the day.

Their listed concerts have passed, but view their website and sign up for their newsletter to find out about future performances.
Working as our Greeter and Safety Clerk
If you’ve been to our facility in the past few months, you most likely have met Moomin, our current Greeter and Safety Clerk.

Moomin has been responsible for checking in our students for their classes and lessons, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and assisting teachers and staff.

Although Moomin has left Place des Arts, we are very grateful for everything she has contributed during her time with us.
get inspired
Our Creative HeARTs program is starting this month!
We are excited to announce that our latest program to aide newcomer and low-income families is underway. Our first visual arts workshop with exhibiting artist, Laura Clark will be hosted this month.

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. This month, we are partnering with SHARE, a community-based organization providing programs in response to the social needs of the residents of communities around the Tri-Cities. Registration is by invitation only.
Find out more about the artists behind our Reflections event
It's back! In the past, we have hosted our annual Reflections event which included storytelling and celebrating different cultures that made up the Coquitlam community.

Although this year it's a little later than usual, this event is an amazing collaboration between artists in our community and classic tales that speak to everyone. This year we are doing a creative retelling of the Ugly Duckling, an incredible story about finding where you belong.

Find out more about the artists and the event here! The date and time is not yet set, but please stay subscribed for the announcement!
get informed
Our facility will be closed for Family Day
We will be closed Mon, Feb 15, 2021, for BC Family Day.

We hope you enjoy the day!
Announcing our 2020 Fall Survey Winner...
The winner of our survey draw is Haania Bawahab.

We would like to thank everyone who participated for filling out the survey which helps improve Place des Arts programming.

Keep an eye on your email for future surveys for your chance to win a $75 credit to your account!
in the community (socially distanced edition)
Take part in the arts this February with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

The event is going on as planned with some adjustments:
  • a shortened schedule from Jan 26–Feb 7, 2021
  • in-theatre & online performances
  • featuring local & national artists

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

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

French Philosopher