June 2021 at Place des Arts
home to our arts community

Happy June! This month we have quite a few exciting things going on.

To highlight some of the issues youth are facing due to the pandemic and the toll it takes on mental health, our Coquitlam Youth Theatre troupe created the Honey Files. The students wrote and performed short monologues that cover a range of topics, highlighting physical and mental wellbeing. If you want to be a part of our 2021/2022 Coquitlam Youth Theatre, you can audition on June 5! Apply today. More details on the Honey Files and how to audition below.

Our Summer camps, classes and lessons still have spots left! Find out more about our programs below. Also, this newsletter includes important registration dates for our 2021/2022 season.

This month, Our Community Exhibition is on! This exhibition showcases artwork from our talented students, teachers and staff, past and present! You can view it in person starting on June 4.

We are also excited to share a new social media series called Our Community. Place des Arts is made up of a huge variety of people and we want to share their stories. Please also enjoy an interview we conducted with our April/May exhibiting artist, Hamideh Abol.

Wishing you lots of fun in the sun,

Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Our Coquitlam Youth Theatre's Honey Files focuses on youth mental health
The Honey Files is a series of short films created by Place des Arts’ youth-based Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT) students, ages 10-17. For the 2020-21 season, the CYT students identified and explored emergent issues relating to emotional and physical well-being facing young people today. Together they developed, wrote and performed this series of monologues that explore the topics of mental health, technology and peer support. The intention of The Honey Files is to inspire peer-to-peer learning and connection and to help start a conversation regarding youth mental health.

Registered Clinical Counsellors Joanna Boyd and Chris Boyd provided their professional expertise and created:
  • A Resource List with contact information for youth who may want further support &
  • Question Prompts to encourage discussion
We still have spaces available for our Summer programming!
Our Summer Fun! art camp is filling up quickly! Register today for programs for ages 5-14.

For class descriptions or to register for camps, click on the grids in the guide. If you are viewing on a phone, we recommend getting the Issuu app.

We also are still accepting registrations for Summer Music private lessons and private lessons and group classes in Summer Dance.
what's new?
Our Community Exhibition opens June 4
Images from left to right: Catching Air by Tania Designer, Cypress Slopes by Cara Bain, Charcoal Honeycomb by Shreyasi Das
This exhibition showcases artwork created by the Place des Arts community including current and past students, teachers and staff of all ages.

Join us for a celebration of Place des Arts’ vibrant and creative community!

On view in the Atrium at Place des Arts until June 24, 2021.
We welcome individual and core bubble visits to our exhibition spaces by appointment. Please call 604-664-1636 ext. 0 to book.
get inspired
“I am a collage”: artist Hamideh Abol’s current exhibition explores her experiences and identity
Hamideh’s life has taken her to many countries and through many unique experiences. Born in Tehran, she came to Canada to gain a master’s degree in engineering. Growing up in the 80s, there was pressure to gain a practical degree in a technical field, but art was always a part of her life and ultimately, she went to Emily Carr to obtain a fine arts degree.

Check our social media for a new series, "Our Community"
We’re excited to introduce our new series, Our Community. Every other week we will feature a member of Place des Arts. This includes our staff, artists, artisans, teachers, board members, organizations, volunteers and students. We want to share the stories of the many incredible people who make up our community. Also, since we are celebrating our theme of belonging this year, we wanted to know what that means to them.

We are excited to launch this project with one of our most personable and enthusiastic staff members, Jessie Au!
get informed
Audition for our Coquitlam Youth Theatre program!
Virtual Auditions for our Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT) will be held via Zoom on Saturday, June 5, 2021. CYT is a performance-based training program made up of emerging theatre artists between the ages of 13 and 17. Company members will hone their skills in movement, voice and vocal technique and character development while rehearsing for public performances.

To audition rehearse and memorize the monologue that interests you most in the Audition Package. Before your audition, it is highly recommended you do background research on the character of your chosen piece. You can also choose to perform any additional talents such as dancing, singing, juggling or playing musical instruments during your audition. Relax, have fun and enjoy the experience!

After you fill out your audition package, email it to Jessie Au, our Sr Fine & Performing Arts Programmer. See all the details here.
2021/22 Registration Dates are coming up!
Public registration for lessons and classes opens online at 7:00am and in-person or by phone at 8:30am on July 19, 2021. If you are a returning Sept-Jun student, see re-registration dates below. 
Re-registration can be done in person or by phone during our operating hours. 

Most class and lesson fees will be increasing for the 2021/2022 season.
in the community (socially distanced edition)
Join the Vancouver Art Gallery for Raven's Feast Virtual Storytelling with artist Kung Jaadee, as a part of their Art At Home Live series.
Wednesday, June 16 | 4 PM
Free and open to all

Join X̱aayda (Haida), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) storyteller Kung Jaadee as she tells the story of Raven’s Feast, shares traditional Raven songs and teaches some words in X̱aad Kil, the Haida language. This digital program is designed for kids aged 5 to 12 and their families, but all ages and abilities are welcome.

Register to attend on Zoom. This event will also be streamed live to the Gallery’s Facebook account.
art and belonging

"The reward for conformity is that everybody likes you except yourself."

Rita Mae Brown